Momentum Proteas Progress to World Cup Semi-Final Round

South Africa’s Mignon du Preez pictured in action against West Indies at Basin Reserve in Wellington on Thursday, 24 March 2022. Photo: ICC

South Africa qualified for the knockout stages of the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup and West Indies’ hopes are hanging by a thread after rain forced their clash in Wellington to be abandoned on Thursday, 24 March 2022.

Just 10.5 overs of play were possible at Basin Reserve, with South Africa moving along to 61/4 before the heavens opened yet again to spoil any hope of the match being completed.

The point sees South Africa book their spot in the semi-finals of the tournament and ensures they will finish in second place on the standings behind unbeaten Australia.

While West Indies overtake India and move to third on the standings with seven points, they are still not guaranteed to feature in the semis.

With their group matches now all done, West Indies will have to sit and wait in the hope that both India and England don’t overtake them during the run home to the semi-finals.

West Indies Class

And it will be disappointing if West Indies do bow out without reaching the final four after a string of exciting performances during the 50-over showcase.

They once again showed their prowess during what play was available on Thursday, with seamer Chinelle Henry (3/19) and classy all-rounder Deandra Dottin leading the way.

Dottin held on to a screamer in the field to help dismiss in-form opener Laura Wolvaardt (3) and veteran batter Lizelle Lee (9) followed her shortly after as the Proteas were quickly reduced to 14/2.

Skipper Suné Luus (1) and Tazmin Brits (1) quickly followed as South Africa stumbled to 22/4 and West Indies were starting to dream about a possible semi-final berth.

Experienced duo Mignon du Preez (38*) and Marizanne Kapp (5*) steadied South Africa’s innings, only for the rain to intervene once again, and ruin any chance of a result.


South Africa XI:
Lizelle Lee
Laura Woolvardt
Tazmin Brits
Suné Luus
Mignon du Preez
Marizanne Kapp
Chloe Tryon
Trisha Chetty
Shabnim Ismail
Ayabonga Khaka
Tumi Sekhukhune

West Indies XI:
Deandra Dottin
Rashada Williams
Hayley Matthews
Stafanie Taylor
Shermaine Campbelle
Chedean Nation
Kycia Knight
Afy Fletcher
Chinelle Henry
Shamilia Connell
Karishma Ramharack


Photo 1 Caption: South Africa’s Mignon du Preez pictured in action against West Indies at Basin Reserve in Wellington on Thursday, 24 March 2022. Photo: ICC

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