Johmari Ruthless in Holland

by | Aug 5, 2007

 
KwaZulu-Natal captain and Proteas master-batswoman Johmari Logtenberg showed her true mettle with a tremendous 153 not-out in the third and final ODI against the Dutch in the Netherlands on Sunday.

But not content with inflicting damage with the bat alone, Logtenberg came back to bowl the last four balls to clean up Holland, by taking their final two wickets too!

“The strategy for the ODI series was to attack, building partnerships, converting 40s into 50s, and 70s and 80s into 100s, and that happened,” exclaimed Team Manager Zola Thamae after Sunday’s final.

“History was made by Logtenberg’s 153 runs not-out, [and] fitness played a big role in our performance, well done to the girls!”

The result gave South Africa a white-wash ODI series win to go with the stunning Test victory achieved on Monday a week ago, placing the team on positive ground prior to their upcoming series in England, against England A and New Zealand.

Sent in to bat, South Africa’s Daleen Terblanche didn’t last long, and moving up to opening batting position didn’t do captain Cri-Zelda Brits any favours, but Logtenberg teamed up with new talent Mignon du Preez (81*) after the early demise of Annelie Minnie, to set a tournament top-scoring innings of 280/3 in their 50 overs.

The South African senior cricket team was ruthless in response, bowling the Netherlands side out for a series low total of 81, with Logtenberg claiming best-bowling figures for the second match in a row.

Ashlyn Kilowan took the first wicket and ended with 12 runs off her five overs, while Shibnam Ismail and Marcia Letsoalo each bagged two wickets before Logtenberg’s final rout.

The team leaves for the UK on Monday for a ODI and Twenty20 series involving England A and New Zealand, their final international warm-up ahead of the Women’s World Cup qualifier tournament in Pakistan during November.

“This tour served as good preparation for the England tour, and also for the Pakistan World Cup qualifier,” concluded Thamae. 

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