The Momentum SA women’s cricket team open their three-match Super Sixes campaign with a chance to settle some scores against a dynamic West Indies squad on Friday, before going on to face powerhouse England on Sunday, and complete their qualification matches against a wily Sri Lanka on Wednesday next week (All 5:30am SA time, no televised coverage, follow @gsport4girls for updates on twitter and facebook).
There is a strong rivalry between West Indies and South Africa, with West Indies having visited SA shores in several tours in recent years, while the Islanders will be wary of the SA team, who more than held their own on a pre-World Cup tour to the Caribbean.
The five-match ODI series was drawn two-all, while SA lost both T20 matches. No doubt, it will rankle the SA team that the Windies have had the upper hand in recent times, and will be strongly motivated to deliver the bigger performance on the day.
South Africa will also have points to prove against England and Sri Lanka, having lost to the both of them in warm-up matches that preceded the Group B fixtures, a 51-run loss to England followed by a 2-wicket loss to Sri Lanka (Links follow below)
Meanwhile, supporters of the Momentum Protea SA Women’s Cricket team will continue to go without visual coverage of their progress at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 in India.
A late forced change of venue for the tournament’s Group B fixtures – from Mumbai to Cuttack following fears of political activism after Pakistan’s qualification for the tournament, has dealt a blow the worldwide coverage of the tournament.
The planned media contingent would have been sufficient to cover the tournament in Mumbai, as originally planned, but logistical issues as a result of the venue shift signed the death knell to live television coverage of Group B fixtures, including all SA ties.
Supersport has confirmed that the best chance of seeing the SA women in live action is if they progress all the way to the final of the tournament. Cricinfo isn’t ball-by-ball coverage of Proteas’ Super Six fixtures either.
The ICC’s tournament website WWC13.com is a useful resource in accessing latest news of match updates.
ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 India Super Six Fixtures: 7 Feb: India v Pakistan ** *** 8 Feb: Australia v England * ** *** 8 Feb: Sri Lanka v New Zealand *** 8 Feb: West Indies v SA *** (9am start local time, 05:30am SA time) 10 Feb: Sri Lanka v Australia * ** *** 10 Feb: England v SA *** (9am start local time, 05:30am SA time) 11 Feb: West Indies v New Zealand * ** *** 13 Feb: England v New Zealand * ** *** 13 Feb: West Indies v Australia *** 13 Feb: Sri Lanka v SA *** (9am start local time, 05:30am SA time) Note: * Matches broadcast live on Supersport 206, all 05:15 starts ** Ball-by-ball coverage on Cricinfo.com *** Updates on wwc13.com Results from South Africa’s Women’s World Cup 2013 Group B Matches: 1 Feb: New Zealand beat South Africa by 151 runs 3 Feb: Australia beat South Africa by 3 wickets 5 Feb: South Africa beat Pakistan by 126 runs Results from South Africa’s Women’s World Cup 2013 Warm-Up Fixtures: 28 Jan: England win by 51 runs 29 Jan: Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 2 wickets Momentum SA Proteas: Mignon du Preez (captain) Trisha Chetty (wicket-keeper, vice-captain) Susanna Benade Cri-Zelda Brits Savanna Cordes Dinesha Devnarain Shandré Fritz Shabnim Ismail Marizanne Kapp Marcia Letsoalo Sunette Loubser Yolandi Potgieter Elriesa Theunissen Chloe Tryon Dané van Niekerk