23 Oct 2016

White Ferns upset by South Africa

7:28 am on 23 October 2016

The New Zealand women's cricketers have been beaten by five wickets in the fifth one-dayer against South Africa in Paarl.

The White Ferns huddle before a match, 2016

Photo: Photosport

The White Ferns still maintain an unassailable 4-2 lead in the seven-match series.

In a rain-reduced match South Africa served the tourists with a sharp reminder that they are not done in this series.

New Zealand's strong squad has already pocketed both the trophy and the IWC advantage but, from 4-1 down, the Proteas Women bit back with a devastating bowling performance that once again constricted the Kiwi top order launchpad - and, this time, they just kept going.

Drizzly conditions meant South African skipper Dané van Niekerk had wasted no time inserting her opponents once she won the toss on a cold and grey day.

Play was shortened to 39 overs per side and the scheduled start at Boland Park had been delayed by two and a quarter hours.

Batting first the White Ferns were bowled out for 130, before the Proteas chased down the victory target with eight balls remaining.

The teams meet one more time tomorrow at Paarl's Boland Park in the seventh and final ODI of the series.

Play begins at 9pm NZT, Monday, October 24th.