WELLINGTON: The Momentum Proteas secured second spot on the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup log standings as well as the second semi-final spot following the abandoned match against the West Indies due to persistent rain in Wellington on Thursday.
After a delayed start of more than four hours after morning showers in the windy city, the match finally got underway with the Windies winning the toss and sending South Africa into bat first.
The Caribbean side picked up crucial early wickets to rock the Proteas batting order, removing the top four in quick succession with Lizelle Lee (9), Laura Wolvaardt (3), Tazmin Brits (1) and captain Suné Luus (1) falling cheaply to leave South Africa 22 / 4 in the sixth over.
Proceedings in the middle were calmed by the experienced pair of Mignon du Preez (38*) and Marizanne Kapp (5*) as they rebuilt the innings, taking it to 61 / 4 before the heavens opened up once again as the umpires called the two teams off field.
With the rain not going away, the two teams finally shook hands to share the points which ultimately confirmed the Proteas Women’s second-place finish and a slot in the tournament’s semi-final stage taking place next week.
The side finish off the round-robin phase with an exciting clash against India at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday, 27 March, with the Indian side needing victory to seal their pathway into the last four.
Momentum Proteas’ 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup squad:
Suné Luus (Captain) (Titans Ladies), Chloé Tryon (Vice-Captain) (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Ayabonga Khaka (Imperial Lions), Lara Goodall (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Laura Wolvaardt (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Lizelle Lee (Senwes Dragons), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Masabata Maria Klaas (Senwes Dragons), Mignon du Preez (Titans Ladies), Nonkululeko Mlaba (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Shabnim Ismail (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Sinalo Jafta (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Tazmin Brits (Senwes Dragons), Trisha Chetty (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Tumi Sekhukhune (Imperial Lions)
Andrie Steyn (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Nadine de Klerk (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Raisibe Ntozakhe (Imperial Lions)
South Africa’s ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Fixtures:
Sunday, 27 March: India vs South Africa – Hagley Oval, Christchurch at 03h00 (CAT)
Wednesday, 30 March: Semi-final 1 – Basin Reserve, Wellington
Thursday, 31 March: Semi-final 2 – Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Sunday, 03 April: Final – Hagley Oval, Christchurch at 02h00 (CAT)
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