Lee will be disappointed with her contribution in the tournament where her scores of 2, 9, 17, 36, 9, 6 and 2 belie her status as the reigning ODI player of the year.
The tie was over as a contest in the 19th over after Laura Goodall’s middle stump was uprooted by the spin of Charlie Dean to perish for 29 off 49. Goodall’s dismissal left SA battered and bruised on 67/4 and needing a further a further 227 runs for victory.
Mignon du Preez (30 off 48), Marizanne Kapp (21 off 28) and vice-captain Chloe Tryon (3 off 10) tried to pull it back as the match sped away from SA’s grasp.
Wicketkeeper Trisha Chetty (21 from 28) and Shabnim Ismail (12 off 14) also tried to get SA closer to the target, but the damage had been done.
The SA fast bowling unit carried the team through the group stages with Shabnim Ismail (14 wickets), Kapp (12), Ayabonga Khaka (12) and Masabatha Klaas (9).
Ismail, Kapp and Khaka and England’s Ecclestone and Dean round off the top the list of top wicket takers.
The SA batters, on the other hand, apart from Wolvaardt, will have a lot of reflection to do during the two-and-half-day trip home.
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