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Joyce leads Ireland to victory over South Africa

After Garth and Metcalfe bowl South Africa Women out for 143, Joyce spearheads chase with unbeaten 62

Joyce  leads Ireland to victory over South Africa - Cricket News
Isobel Joyce smashed 12 boundaries in an undefeated 62.
Ireland Women beat South Africa by seven wickets to claim a fully deserved consolation win in the fourth and final ODI at The Hills.

Former skipper Isobel Joyce smashed 12 boundaries in an undefeated 62 as Ireland romped to victory with almost 14 overs to spare.

Joyce shared an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 78 with teenager Gaby Lewis (27*), after the experienced Clare Shillington (28) had given the Irish a positive start in their run chase.

Earlier, three wickets apiece for wily leg-spinner Ciara Metcalfe (3-27) and vice-captain Kim Garth (3-27) saw South Africa dismissed for 143 in blustery conditions.

Andrie Steyn top scored for the Proteas with 43, while Chloe Tryon (30) and Laura Wolvaardt (20) were also among the runs.

The Irish attack never relinquished their grip on proceedings, with Lucy O'Reilly, Louise McCarthy and Gaby Lewis also among the wickets.

The Girls in Green are back in action next month when they take on Bangladesh starting at Bready on September 5th. Before then Ireland men take on Pakistan next week with two ODI's at Malahide on the 18th and 20th.

IRELAND WOMEN v SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN
At Milverton, 4th ODI

SOUTH AFRICA 143 all out (46.4 overs, A Steyn 43, C Tryon 30, L Wolvaardt 20, C Metcalfe 3-23, K Garth 3-27)

IRELAND 146/3 (36.1 overs; I Joyce 62*, C Shillington 28, G Lewis 27*)

Ireland beat South Africa by seven wickets

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