The Momentum Proteas this morning maintained their unbeaten run at the ICC Woman’s World Cup with a nervy two-wicket victory over the host nation New Zealand in Hamilton.

A Devine Innings

New Zealand captain Sophie Devine won the toss and opted to have a bat first, with the opening batter playing a super innings. Devine was supported by Amelia Kerr (42) and Maddy Green (30), and for a while seemed like the Kiwis were destined to score close to 300.

The 32-year old Devine almost took the game away from South Africa but fell seven-runs short of her seventh WODI century.

Ayabonga Khaka got the major breakthrough, removing Devine. Her departure slowed New Zealand’s scoring dramatically. The Hosts eventually set the Momentum Proteas a target of 229 to chase.

100 avoidance

At the top of the South African Woman’s innings, Laura Wolvaardt (67) again produced the goods. She will however be disappointed that, for the fourth game in a row, she couldn’t covert a solid innings into three figures.

Captain Sune Luus also played an inspiring innings, reaching the half-century mark. Luus (51) was removed not too long after reaching the milestone. That brought about some nervy moments for the South Africans.

Luckily the Momentum Proteas could call upon experience to get the win. Veteran player, Marizanne Kapp was left with the responsibility and showed her class while proving that she’s a match-winner yet again. Kapp kept her cool, staying calm to hit the winning runs with just three balls to spare.

If you didn’t know it before, you know now. The Momentum Proteas can go all the way at the ICC Woman’s World Cup.

The South Africans will face their biggest test next. They meet the tournament favourites, Australia on Teusday (22 March 2022).

 

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The Momentum Proteas are on track to earn a spot in the knockout stage following a third successive win at the ICC Woman’s World Cup. England were the latest victims of the South Africans. Our ladies just crawling over the line to pull off an exciting three-wicket victory, with just four balls remaining.

Kapp-ing them over

Momentum Proteas Captain Sune Luus won the toss in the wee hours of the morning and opted to have a bowl first. Marizanne Kapp put South Africa in the driving seat early on in the innings. The 32-year old taking two wickets in her first three overs, en route to a five-for; the first of the tournament and the first of Kapp’s career.

Marizanne Kapp celebrating a wicket at the ICC Woman's World Cup

“I think I’ve played over 120-matches for South Africa so I should be comfortable in my abilities,” Marizanne said after the win.

“Being with this team, being able to represent my country in so many games, I think I reached the point in my career where I know what I’m capable of. I’m just glad I could do it in such an important game.”

While a third wicket fell through Masabata Klaas in the 12th over, seeing England on 42-3, the Momentum Proteas failed to land the killing blow.

A 107-run partnership between Amy Jones and Tammy Beaumont saw England post a competitive, and definitely defendable 235 for 9.

More runs for Wolfie

While the Momentum Proteas lost Lizelle Lee early on, Laura Wolvaardt looked poised to convert a solid start into a century. However, for a second consecutive match, she lost her wicket with her score in the 70s’. While there will be some disappointment for the 22-year old Wolvaardt, her contribution was enough to set up the win.

“Honestly, I don’t really care if she (Wolvaard) scores a hundred or not,” quipped Kapp.

“I know she’s disappointed with herself because she wanted to see us through. I believe a big score is around the corner. She’s been so consistent and amazing to the line-up and yet again tonight, under pressure, she performed.”

Wolvaards’ 77 (101) allowed for a run-a-ball chase toward the end of the game. It was by no means easy, as England kept the pressure up, taking the game all the way to the last over.

On the up

Improvement within the South African squad is evident – after two scrappy wins against Bangladesh and Pakistan – the South Africans looked more composed with the bat in hand. However, more work needs to be done if they are to keep their unbeaten run intact.

“We know we haven’t played our best cricket yet,” assured Kapp.

“It’s not how you start the world cup; it’s about how you finish. I feel like we’re moving in the right direction and that we’ll peak at the right time”

The Momentum Proteas next face hosts New Zealand at the ICC Woman’s World Cup, Thursday morning from 3:00.

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The Six Gun Grill Western Province (WP) have announced themselves as contenders in the shortest format, following a solid, but somewhat shaky win in the 2022 CSA T20 Challenge opener.

After losing the toss, WP captain Wayne Parnell was asked to bowl first. Bearen Hendricks was handed the new ball and did his job beautifully. His two-over spell brought about two wickets and helped restrict the GbetRocks to 44 for three by the end of the powerplay.

“I wouldn’t say [our performance was] perfect, there are areas we can get better”

While four wickets fell in quick succession, the fifth-man in, Christiaan Jonker managed to stick around. The experienced campaigner found himself a partner in Ferisco Adams, and together battled to a 79-run partnership. They faced up to constant pressure and helped the Boland outfit post a defendable total of 142.

In Levi’s Genes

Cape Cobras legend, Richard Levi started the chase well and did exactly what coach Salieg Nackerdien was hoping he’d do. Being his usual aggressive self.

The 34-year old was hitting the ball with lethal presision, racing to 67 (39). His nostalgic 54-run stand with Dane Vilas teed up the victory and George Linde and Aviwe Mgijima saw it home with three overs to spare.

The win sees Wayne Parnell and his Western Province side get off to a fantastic start in the 2022 CSA T20 Challenge. The victory first-up puts WP in a favourable position in this demanding 3-week tournament.

Looking ahead, Parnell needs his side to tighten up certain departments of the game.

“I wouldn’t say [our performance was] perfect, there are areas we can get better,” said the 32-year old.

“I’m happy to get over the line. The boys showed great intent and that’s something we’ve stressed throughout. We want people to play with freedom, we want people entertaining and it was nice to see the senior guys standing up. It was very pleasing.”

WP have two more matches lined up this week. Their next meeting is with the Gbets Warriors on Wednesday (9 Feb) and followed by an encounter with the Imperial Lions on Sunday (13 Feb).

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The Momentum Proteas will again break out their black kit to shine a light on the issue of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in South Africa. This will be the second Black One-Day International. Last year, Cricket South Africa (CSA) heeded the call of President Ramaphosa to act against violence against women and children. That saw the South African women’s team wear all-black for the first time in the series decider against Pakistan.

Following the success of the event last year, the South African women will again don black in the fourth and final ODI against the West Indies woman at the Imperial Wanderers on Sunday, 6 February 2022. The Windies will also show their support against GBV by wearing black armbands.

CSA announced the news in a statement on Thursday morning, and also confirmed that the match will be broadcasted on both SuperSport and SABC.

“The encounter will carry more weight than just the result,” read the statement.

“GBV, an indefensible act that leaves a life-long psychological scar on the victim, does not discriminate. It can affect or be committed by any person regardless of their race, age, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Most South African women and children are at risk.”

Leading by example

Both captains, Sune Luus and Stephanie Taylor also confirmed their support for the initiative.

“Black Day is very important to us and as a team, we feel strongly about the fight against GBV,” said the Momentum Proteas captain, Sune Luus.

“With the support of CSA, we hope to bring awareness to this issue that affects our country greatly. Hopefully, we can make a difference.”

“The West Indies Women stand with South Africa in their fight against GBV,” confirmed Taylor.

“GBV has also been on the rise at home and many families have been more affected since the pandemic. Women and children suffering at the hands of men. Violence in any form is never the answer.”

The West Indies currently lead their four-match ODI series 1-0, with two more encounters to go.

The next match takes place on Thursday, 3 January 2022, and will get underway at 14h00. The Black ODI on Sunday will start at 10h00.

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The Proteas have defeated India by 31-runs in the first of three One Day Internationals at Boland Park in Paarl. Initially, it seemed like 296 would be too low a score to defend. However, the South Africans saw it through.

Poor start, great recovery

Temba Bavuma won the toss this morning and opted to have a bat. Openers Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan’s started well, but the latter was back in the change room 5-overs in. Quinny looked solid in his first match since returning from family commitments. Unfortunately, the former captain couldn’t build on the good start and bowled clean for 27.

Although Aiden Markram’s stay at the crease was also short-lived, Captain Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen pulled things back in the Proteas favour. The two notched up a ridiculous partnership of 204 to help set the visitors a target of 297.

Both Captain Bavuma and Van der Dussen registered just their second ODI century. And while Bavuma fell a couple of runs shy of a career-best total, Rassie’s unbeaten 129 saw his average move up to 73.6. The highest out of all One Day Internation players.

Indian optimism before the demise

India’s chase started off brilliantly. For a moment there was doubt that the Proteas would even be competitive in this series. The wicket of KL Rahul brought back some form of belief. However, the bowling was still mediocre and wasn’t testing India.

Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were comfortably knocking the Proteas about for almost 20-overs. The two logged a combined 92-runs before Keshav Maharaj rattled Dhawan’s stumps.

Kohli then tried to just chip away at the score. That was until the former Captain chipped a Tabraiz Shamsi delivery straight to Temba Bavuma. His score of 51 took him past Sachin Tendulkar for most runs in ODI’s in matches away from home.

Andile Phehlukwayo was the first paceman to strike, removing Rishabh Pant for 16. That wicket signalled the beginning of the end for the visitors, with the Indian team adding just 82 more runs before the overs ran out.

South Africa now has a 1-0 lead heading into the second ODI on Friday in Paarl, once again.

SA – 296-4 (50) ǁ Rassie vd Dussen – 129* (96) ǁ Jasprit Bumrah – 2/48 (10)

IND – 265-8 (50) ǁ Shikhar Dhawan – 79 (84) ǁ Tabraiz Shamsi – 2/52 (10)