Momentum Proteas captain Mignon du Preez believes the Proteas can only benefit from more international exposure against tougher opposition. She was speaking after South Africa lost a hard fought encounter against World Champions, Australia, by six wickets in a low scoring ICC Women’s World Twenty20 match in Sylhet, Bangladesh.
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“We hope that this match has shown the world the talent that is in this squad and that, with a little bit more competitive international match exposure, we can and will go even further as a team and a country,” said the SA skipper.
South Africa did not have as strong a display with the bat as they did in their first match against Pakistan, managing only 115/9 at the end of their innings, after having won the toss and opting to bat first.
Trisha Chetty (30) was the highest run scorer as the result of a rampant performance by the Australian bowlers. Julie Hunter, René Ferrell and Erin Osborne took two wickets each to rip the South African batting order apart.
In return, South Africa took two early wickets when Alyssa Healy was run out by Sunette Loubser without scoring in the first over of the innings and skipper, Meg Lanning, was bowled by Shabnim Ismail for six in the third. Delissa Kimmince (17) was bowled by Loubser in the eighth over and Alex Blackwell’s 24-run innings came to a crashing end when she was run out as well, this time by Marizanne Kapp.
Australia were 56/4 at the start of the 12th over but were carried home by the unbeaten 60-run partnership between Ellyse Perry (41*) and Jess Cameron (27*).
South Africa’s bowling was their best in a long while, conceding just a single run in extras. Du Preez, was disappointed with the result but proud of the fight and grit shown by her troops.
“It was our toughest game in a very long while,” she said. “But the heart and determination shown by the team when we were fielding was second to none. Every player put 100 percent into this game and I could tell that the Aussies were given a bit of a surprise in facing us the way we played.
“We pride ourselves in our fielding and today the team showed just what quality fielders we have. Ultimately, though, their superior match experience won the game for them,” said Du Preez.
“We did not have enough runs on the board to defend and they took advantage of that in the end. Full credit to them and the way Perry and Cameron managed to pull their side back on to a winning track after a shaky start.”
South Africa now look ahead to their next match against Ireland on 29 March at the same ground. The team will have three days to rest and prepare for the match, which presents an important step in the team’s ambitions of reaching the next stage of the tournament.
They are now in second place on the Group A log, behind New Zealand. The Proteas are ahead of Australia by virtue of a superior net run rate. “I think the break will do us the world of good,” Du Preez continued.
“We’ll have a chance to recharge and regroup and refocus on the job at hand. We’re looking forward to playing Ireland, they are not new to us, we played them in a triangular series in January, and know how tough they can be, but I’m backing my team to show that famous Proteas bouncebackability.”
2014 ICC Women’s World T20 Results and Fixtures*: Sun 23 Mar: 1. Australia beat New Zealand by 7 runs (Group A) 2. South Africa beat Pakistan by 44 runs (Group A) Mon 24 Mar: 3. West Indies beat England by 9 runs (Group B) 4. Sri Lanka beat India by 22 runs (Group B) Tue 25 Mar: 5. New Zealand beat Ireland 42 runs (Group A) 6. Australia beat South Africa by 6 wickets (Group A) Wed 26 Mar: 7. 11:30, Group B – Bangladesh v West Indies 8. 15:30, Group B – England v India Thu 27 Mar: 9. 11:30, Group A – Australia v Ireland 10. 15:30, Group A – New Zealand v Pakistan Fri 28 Mar: 11. 11:30, Group B – Bangladesh v England 12. 15:30, Group B – Sri Lanka v West Indies Sat 29 Mar: 13. 11:30, Group A – South Africa v Ireland 14. 15:30, Group A – Australia v Pakistan Sun 30 Mar: 15. 11:30, Group B – Bangladesh v India 16. 15:30, Group B – England v Sri Lanka Mon 31 Mar: 17. 11:30 17th Match, Group A – Ireland v Pakistan 18. 15:30 18th Match, Group A – South Africa v New Zealand Tue 1 Apr: 19. 11:30, Group A – Bangladesh v Sri Lanka 20. 15:30, Group A – India v West Indies Wed 2 Apr: 21. 11:30 WT20 2016 Qualification Play-Off – TBC v TBC (A3 v B4) 22. 15:30 WT20 2016 Qualification Play-Off – TBC v TBC (A4 v B3) Thu 3 Apr: 23. 10:30 1st Semi-Final – TBC v TBC (A1 v B2) (Shere Bangla National Stadium) 24. 11:30 9th place play-off – TBC v TBC (Loser playoff 1 v Loser playoff 2) 25. 15:30 7th place play-off – TBC v TBC (A5 v B5) Fri 4 Apr: 26. 10:30 2nd Semi-Final – TBC v TBC (A2 v B1) (Shere Bangla National Stadium) Sun 6 Apr: 27. 10:30 Final – TBC v TBC (Shere Bangla National Stadium) Sat 7 Apr: 27. 10:30 Final Reserve Day * All matches played at the Sylhet Stadium unless otherwise indicated Groups for the 2014 ICC Women’s World T20 in Bangladesh: Group A: Australia; New Zealand; Pakistan; South Africa Group B: England; India; Sri Lanka; West Indies Momentum Proteas ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Team *: Mignon du Preez (C) (Northerns) @MdpMinx22 Trisha Chetty (VC) (KZN Coastal) @trisha_chetty Chloe Tryon (KZN Coastal) @chloetryon25 Dané van Niekerk (Eastern Province) @danev81 Lizelle Lee (North West) @zella15j Marcia Matshipi Letsoalo (Northerns) Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province) @kappie777 Moseline Daniels (Western Province) Nadine Moodley (KZN Coastal) Shabnim Ismail (Western Province) Shandré Fritz (Western Province) @fritzysa Suné Luus (Northerns) @SuneLuus Sunette Loubser (Boland) Yolandi van der Westhuizen (Boland)
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Photo caption: Shabnim Ismail is run out by Sarah Coyte off the bowling of Australia’s Julie Hunter, to break the Momentum Proteas’ 7th-wicket partnership with Marizanne Kapp. Chosing to bat after winning the toss, Australia limited SA to 115/9, before making the required total with 8 balls remaining. Photo: Supplied
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