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.
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.
Take a bow, Marizanne Kapp 🔥
— ICC Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 17, 2022
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).
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.
“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.
🚨 RESULT | #MomentumProteas WIN BY 3 WICKETS
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) March 14, 2022
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”
— ICC Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 14, 2022
The Momentum Proteas next face hosts New Zealand at the ICC Woman’s World Cup, Thursday morning from 3:00.