Cricket South Africa launched the inaugural women’s T20 Super League on Thursday, 5 September and this past weekend the four participating teams took to the field in the opening round of fixtures.
A total of 52 players from various pools were involved that saw six games played over three days at the Irene Country Club.
Coach of Team Devnarain, Dinesha Devnarain spoke to gsport about the first round of fixtures, as well as the positives and negatives drawn away from her team’s performances.
The launch of the Women’s T20 Super League took place on Thursday where the teams were revealed. What are your thoughts on this initiative to ensure that the women’s side of the cricket game has been opened to more females?
It’s a great initiative. Actually, overdue to be honest. Girls are exposed to a higher quality of cricket in terms of playing with the best in the country and margin of errors become much less. Youngsters play amongst Protea players which is always nice and exciting.
The first round of action happened over this weekend. Your overall thoughts on the talent that was displayed out on the field.
Fantastic, I’ve witnessed two 100s and a couple of 50s and girls bowling with great skill and control. It was a great display of good cricket and girls posting scores over 140. Younger players are coming through the system seem hungry and eager to do really well
Particularly, what did you make of your ladies’ performances?
They were great, what I really enjoyed about that, is that they played as a team and worked really well to complement each other and that showed in the results. They were disciplined in their respective skills and always helped and bounced of each other. They had a desire to do well and my senior players were very welcoming to the youngsters.
What are the positives and the negatives drawn away for Team Devnarain from the opening encounters?
I will gladly say the positives outweigh the negatives. The girls played really well, the biggest positive is how they excelled in playing as a team, they adopted a new brand of cricket especially with our batting, our two opening batters couldn’t make the league due to an injury and an illness, but the girls stepped up and played really well, as a unit we always looking to improve and be better. I think our fielding needs to improve in closer games those drop catches could hurt us. And, I think we could also improve on angles and bowling plans to certain situations
The second round of the T20 Super League will take place in December in Cape Town.
Photo 1 Caption: Team Devnarain at the launch of the T20 Super League on Thursday, 5 September, 2019 in Pretoria. Photo: gsport