St Kitts: Australia women has moved closer to securing a place in the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 West Indies 2010 after victory over South Africa at Warner Park.
Alex Blackwell's side made a fantastic start to its innings having lost the toss and been put into bat by Cri-Zelda Brits. Australia vice-captain Shelley Nitschke opened the batting and made 44 off 32 balls while Leah Poulton made a quick-fire 39 off 25 balls, she struck four boundaries and two sixes.
Alongside Poulton and Nitschke, Jess Cameron, the hero of the Australian side after its victory over England, struck 27 runs off 18 balls including three boundaries and one six. Cameron departed after being caught by Susan Benade and things went downhill from there for the side with the final six batters making no more than 23 between them.
South Africa's Sunette Loubser (3-22) and Shabnim Ismael (3-30) were the pick of the side's bowlers while Brits, Angelique Taai and Loubser showed quick reactions with each running out an Australia player during the innings.
With the crowd beginning to increase at the advent of the second innings, South Africa settled into its crease with Brits and Tricia Chetty opening the batting. Brits having previously run-out Lisa Sthalekar was herself run-out by Ellyse Perry. Chetty contributed before departing for 25 after being caught by Nitschke off the bowling of Sthalekar.
South Africa's batting line-up then began its collapse - with the side requiring 80 runs off 35 balls, the feat was an impossibility and ultimately lost by 24 runs
Australia women 155 (Nitschke 44, Poulton 39, Loubser 3-22)
South Africa women 131 for 7 (du Preez 53, Nitschke 2-21)
Result Australia women won by 24 runs
MOM S Nitschke (Australia Women)