Ireland beaten by hosts South Africa in women's quadrangular series

Mary Waldron was the best with the bat for Ireland in Thursday's heavy defeat
Mary Waldron was the best with the bat for Ireland in Thursday's heavy defeat
Women's quadrangular series, Potchefstroom:
South Africa 337-5 (50 overs): Wolvaardt 149, Chetty 70; Beggs 3-64
Ireland 159-8 (50 overs): Waldron 35, Maritz 25; Luus 2-27
South Africa won by 178 runs
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Ireland are still without a win in the quadrangular series in South Africa after a 178-run hammering by the hosts in Potchefstroom on Thursday.

Teenager Laura Wolvaardt hit a superb 149 as South Africa made a massive 337-5, their highest one-day total.

Ireland struggled in response and could only manage 159-8 in their 50 overs, with Mary Waldron top scoring on 35.

It follows defeats by India and Zimbabwe, with the Irish back in action against India on Monday.

Wolvaardt's run-a-ball knock included 17 boundaries while Aoife Beggs was the best of the Irish bowlers with 3-64.

Malahide opener Waldron shared a 51-run stand for the second wicket with Laura Delany (23), who made her 100th international appearance, as Ireland slumped to a third straight defeat.

Rebecca Stokell and Laura Delany
Captain Delany (right) made her 100th appearance for Ireland - after presenting debutant Rebecca Stokell with her first cap

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