Momentum Proteas women’s captain, Mignon du Preez says her team will continue to give their all ahead of their last match of the ICC Women’s World Cup against Sri Lanka. The two sides will meet once more on Friday to decide the fifth and sixth position in the tournament.
“We will play this last game as though we still have a World Cup to win because that is the South African way. We may be out of the running for the big trophy, but we are still aiming to finish in the best position that we can get,” she said on Thursday.
South Africa entered the competition in eighth place at the bottom of the teams in the competition and has since risen two places after beating Pakistan to enter the Super Sixes round. Du Preez wants to stamp their place on the number five position.
“Previously, the top four consisted of the most dominant sides: namely England, Australia, New Zealand and India. Now the gap has shrunk to such a point that the game is almost anyone’s on a team’s good day. We saw that when England was beaten by Sri Lanka and with India being knocked out of the running for the Super Sixes competition,” Du Preez continued.
Coach Hilton Moreeng agrees with his captain. “We saw too many upsets in this competition for people to still believe that the game of cricket is dominated by a certain group. The West Indies are now in the top two after qualifying for the final against Australia and that’s big news for a team that’s come from the bottom four,” he said.
Moreeng believes that he has the squad that will make the final one day, provided they get more international experience in the form of game time against quality opposition.
“Our side did really well to pick themselves up yesterday (Wednesday) and to beat Sri Lanka by 110 runs after losing two games in a row. We’ve learned many lessons and we get better with each game we play, this is why more internationals are necessary for South Africa’s women’s team to grow and the opposition must also be strong. We need to play against the England’s and Australia’s of this world if we want to one day be a dominant country in world cricket,” he concluded.
ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 India Super Six Fixtures: 7 Feb: India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets 8 Feb: Australia won against England by 2 runs 8 Feb: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets 8 Feb: West Indies beat SA by 2 wickets 10 Feb: Australia beat Sri Lanka by 9 wickets 10 Feb: England beat SA by 7 wickets 11 Feb: West Indies beat New Zealand by 48 runs 13 Feb: England beat New Zealand by 15 runs 13 Feb: West Indies beat Australia by 8 runs 13 Feb: SA beat Sri Lanka by 110 runs Results from South Africa’s Women’s World Cup 2013 Group B Matches: 1 Feb: New Zealand beat South Africa by 151 runs 3 Feb: Australia beat South Africa by 3 wickets 5 Feb: South Africa beat Pakistan by 126 runs Results from South Africa’s Women’s World Cup 2013 Warm-Up Fixtures: 28 Jan: England win by 51 runs 29 Jan: Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 2 wickets Momentum SA Proteas: Mignon du Preez (captain) Trisha Chetty (wicket-keeper, vice-captain) Susanna Benade Cri-Zelda Brits Savanna Cordes Dinesha Devnarain Shandré Fritz Shabnim Ismail Marizanne Kapp Marcia Letsoalo Sunette Loubser Yolandi Potgieter Elriesa Theunissen Chloe Tryon Dané van Niekerk