West Indies poor

A career-best spell from Ryan
McLaren bowled South Africa to a 13-run victory in the first of two Twenty20
Internationals against West Indies on Wednesday.

McLaren captured five wickets for
19 runs from 3.5 overs to earn the Man-of-the-Match award, as West Indies,
chasing 137 for victory from their 20 overs, were dismissed for 123 with one
ball to spare at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground. The 27-year-old McLaren
finished with the second-best figures in a Twenty20 international behind
Pakistan’s Umar Gul, who collected five for six from three over’s against New
Zealand at The Oval in London in last year’s World Twenty20.

Both the West Indies and South
Africa came into Wednesday’s match having failed to make it through to the
knockout stages of this year’s World Twenty20, which England won in Barbados on
Sunday. “It’s a good way to start off the tour having practised indoors and not
outdoors for the last few weeks,” said McLaren. “But it’s only the first day,
and there’s plenty more cricket to come, so hopefully, I can better this
performance.”

South Africa captain Graeme Smith
added: “It was not an easy day for the batters, and you had to graft pretty
hard.”

”It was a disappointing start for
us,” said West Indies captain Chris Gayle. “We wanted to put our dismal
performance in the T20 World Cup behind us, but this was not the best way to do
it, and was not the best start to the series. We still have a match on
Thursday, so we have to pick ourselves up. This is no time for pointing fingers.

“We have a lot of corrections to
make out there, and we have to return to the drawing board to try and get the
best out of the players.”

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