Shemaine Campbelle plays a lofted drive in the first ICC Women’s Championship One-day International of the Sandals International Home Series between WINDIES Women and South Africa Women on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Kensington Oval. © CWI Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS; SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 – Resolute batting from Shemaine Campbelle failed to inspire West Indies Women, as the South Africa Women cruised to a 40-run victory in the first ICC Women’s One-day International of the Sandals International Home Series on Sunday at the Kensington Oval.

The 25-year-old Campbelle, playing her first ODI in almost two years, hit the top score of 46 from 71 balls, but the West Indies Women failed to successfully chase 202 for victory, and were bowled out for 161 with 24 balls remaining.

Left-handed opener Kycia Knight made a painstaking 23 from 57 balls and vice-captain Anisa Mohammed also made 23 from 36 balls. The rest of the batting failed to fire, as the Proteas’ Women bowled purposefully to restrict scoring.

The result left the West Indies Women trailing 0-1 in the three-match series, which continues on Wednesday at the same venue, where it concludes next Saturday. Sunday’s win by the South Africa Women meant that the two teams are now tied on six points in the ICC Women’s Championship table.

Earlier, West Indies Women came under pressure when strong top-order batting, led by Suné Luus, gave South Africa Women the base for a total of 201 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs.

Mignon du Preez run out from a Stafanie Taylor deflection in the first ICC Women’s Championship One-day International of the Sandals International Home Series between WINDIES Women and South Africa Women on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Kensington Oval. © CWI Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography

West Indies Women’s captain Stafanie Taylor snared 3 for 37 from 10 overs, and all-rounder Deandra Dottin took two for 36 from eight overs to be the pick of the West Indies Women’s bowlers.

But Luus cracked five fours in 58 from 86 balls that helped her to earn the Player-of-the-Match award, her captain Dané van Niekerk supported with 46 not out, Laura Volvaart gathered 45, and Chloe Tryon added 23.

The Championship will be played between the eight leading sides – Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies, taking on each other in series of three ODIs on a home or away basis.

Hosts New Zealand and the three other top teams from the Championship will gain direct qualification for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup.

The remaining four sides will get a second chance through the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier event in which they will be joined by six teams from four regions – Africa, Asia, East Asia Pacific and Europe.