Little Campbelle spins West Indies to big win

PAARL, South Africa -- Leg-spinner Shemaine Campbelle starred with the ball on Sunday as the West Indies Women beat South Africa by six wickets in the first Twenty20 International.

Playing at Boland Bank Park in Paarl in the Western Cape, the Guyanese teenager took 3-7 from four overs as the Proteas made 93-8 off their 20 overs. She was supported by Stafanie Taylor (2-2) and Shanel Daley (2-18).

The West Indies then sped to 94-4 off just 12.3 overs with Deandra Dottin smacking 26 off 11 balls, while Taylor had a good match making 21 and Stacey King hitting 21 not out.

It was a good fightback by the West Indies who were looking for revenge following their 2-1 defeat in the four-match ODI series. The final match ended in a tie, a game the Windies girls felt they should have won.

Campbelle, the smallest member of the team is a little over five feet tall and tips the scales at a little over 100 pounds. She proved to be a powerhouse on Sunday as she followed up her 2-22 off 10 overs in the fourth ODI.  She is a confident allrounder, who along with being a good bowler is a steady batter and sure-handed wicket-keeper.

"On this tour I have been doing a lot of bowling, but I won't be giving up the wicket-keeping. I like to be always involved in the game so I will continue to work on my skills in all departments," she said.

"My bowling has come on a long way and I really like the way the ball is coming out. It is spinning and I like that. (On Sunday) I just tried to concentrate on the job and stop them (South Africa) from getting runs. I would say it was my best day in cricket so far."  She added: "My batting needs some work still, and when ever I get a chance I put on the gloves to work on my keeping."

Campbelle said she will be looking to continue her good performances on Monday in the second Twenty20 International at Newlands in Cape Town. The third match is on Wednesday at Boland Bank Park in Paarl.