GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Deandra Dottin celebrated her 50th Twenty20 International for West Indies Women by unfurling a superb innings to guide them to an eight-wicket victory over South Africa in the opening Twenty20 International here Saturday.
The right-hander stroked an unbeaten 48 from 30 balls as West Indies, chasing 114 for victory, reached their target with ten balls remaining at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
Dottin, at only age 21, is the first West Indian to reach the milestone of 50 T20Is.
South Africa, winning the toss and batting, struggled to 113 for seven from their 20 overs with captain Mignon du Preez top scoring with 39 not out and Cri-zelda Brits getting 36.
The Windies attack was led by left-arm seamer Shanel Daley (2-14), leg-spinner Shaquana Quintyne (2-18) and off-spinner Stafanie Taylor (2-24) all of whom picked up two wickets apiece.
In reply, Barbados batted in partnerships and overcame a stoppage for rain late in their innings before closing out convincingly.
Kycia Knight and Stafanie Taylor put on a run-a-ball 23 for the first wicket, to give the hosts a sound start.
The left-handed Knight stroked an unbeaten 33, anchoring the innings with a patient knock that consumed 46 balls and included three boundaries.
Taylor, meanwhile, scored 13 from as many balls before cutting 18-year-old left-arm seamer Chloe Tryon to Brits at point in the fourth over.
Shemaine Campbelle joined Knight and batted sensibly, added a further 23 for the second wicket in a quiet knock of 14 from 22 balls.
In a rare attacking moment, Campbelle advanced down the track to experienced off-spinner Sunette Loubser, missed her stroke and was stumped.
There was to be no comeback for South Africa, however, as Dottin combined with Knight to bat the visitors out of the game.
Dottin stroked three fours and three sixes as she dominated the unbroken third wicket stand of 68, playing positively against the varied Proteas attack.