Windies beaten by South Africa

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By: Dwight Fraser and Devon Anderson

windies_lose__nd_one_dayer_1.jpgDespite a brilliant century from Jamaican batsman Marlon Samuels the West Indies were hammered with an innings and 100 runs by South Africa, that wrapped up the series 2-1 in Durban.

The Windies on the springboard of a tied series and the psychological advantage of winning the first game, was ready to take their first test victory against South Africa, but that was not to be.

Batting first the Windies was in trouble quite early, and crumbled to a schoolboy total of 139 all out in their first innings where Denesh Ramdin was the top scorer with a paltry 30 runs, and the consistent man Shivnarine Chanderpaul making nought. South Africa in reply piled up their biggest total in the series, on a pitch that now favoured the batsmen.

Three South Africans made century, in the onslaught on the Caribbean men, Captain Graham Smith steered the SS South Africa out to safe waters with a majestic 147 off 165 balls, supported by crew members ....the unbeaten duo of Ashwell Prince (123) and Ab Devillers (103) as the Windies bowlers, Jerome Taylor, Darren Powell and Fidel Edwards all struggled in the field.

Already thrown overboard and faced with the task of making over 400 to
make South Africa bat again, the Windies fought gallantly and splashed up 317 with Samuels the centurian and Dwayne Bravo chipping in with a stout 75.

The series will now move into the one day games with the first set to bowl off on Sunday January 20 at Centurion Park, where captain Chris Gayle is expected to make his return.

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