“It was awesome, I actually can’t describe it,” exclaimed an ecstatic Sunette Loubser on Monday, and one would be forgiven for assuming Loubser was referring to being named last week in the national women’s squad to face Pakistan in January.
Not so, but maybe the announcement had something to do with the Boland captain’s form during this past weekend. Her weekend knocks including an unbeaten 100 on Saturday, followed the next day by 79 against Free State steered her team to back-to-back wins.
“I didn’t think that I would get to my century (against Griqualand West) in the end,” Loubser continues. “We only needed a few more runs, just about as much as I needed to reach the 100.
“Then Audrey Petersen got out, Ilse Langhout came in, and she just blocked a few balls for the end of the over, so that I could face the bowling during the next over.
“Then, when I needed one more run, Ilse went out, and we also only needed one more run to win the match. Fortunately I made it in the end, and the rest of the team really wanted me to score (the century), that was nice.”
Earlier, Boland had managed to restrict Griqualand West to 156 for nine, and with Loubser’s assistance, the team managed to reach the winning total in the in 33rd over, for the loss of three wickets, a seven wickets win a good start for the weekend.
“Yes, the wicket was quite nice,” said a delighted Loubser. “But not for bowlers…, you could go down track without much concern about deviation, the pitch played true.”
But Loubser’s form is not restricted to batting, her slow bowling in the weekend’s second match brought two wickets for 18 runs in 10 overs; an economical return assisting Boland to restrict a powerful Free State to 172-9.
Indications of a track favouring the bowlers, all of the Free State wickets fell to the spinners, team-mates Christiaan (2/35), Jacobs and Terblanche accounting for the remaining wickets, with two run-outs put down to good fielding.
Loubser’s second innings of 79 paved the way for Boland, missing six of their experienced players, to take the game away from Free State, their six-wicket victory securing a vital second win on the road.
“I’ve been working really hard for nine years to get into the squad,” Loubser said commenting on her selection to the senior women’s squad, “And it’s finally paid off, I’m really excited!”
In other matches on the weekend, Western Province also won their two matches on the road against Border and Eastern Province, while Gauteng overcame Kwa-Zulu Natal at home in the Inland Challenge. For results on all the weekend’s matches, come back to gsport regularly, or access Cricket South Africa’s women’s league results on the Cricket SA website.