The Momentum Proteas women recovered well from their four-wicket loss to Pakistan to beat Ireland by eight wickets, in the Qatar International Women’s Cricket Championship triangular series in Doha on Tuesday.
South Africa qualify for the final against Pakistan that will take place on Friday, after their last league match against the same side on Wednesday.
The revitalised team skittled Ireland out for just 53 runs with Dané van Niekerk producing a Player of the Match award-winning spell of 3/8 in 5.3 overs, including two maidens. Shabim Ismail, Chloe Tryon and Marizanne Kapp provided good support, taking 2/5, 2/10 and 2/16 respectively.
Openers Lizelle Lee and Trisha Chetty got the side off to a good start in the chase. They put on a 43-run partnership before Lee was run out for 15 at the end of the 12th over. Chetty followed an over later when she was removed by Isobel Joyce for 24.
Skipper, Mignon du Preez and Kapp made quick work of the remainder of the chase and won the match with 217 balls to spare.
Du Preez is very happy with the ruthlessness shown by her side. “We learned a lot from our game against Pakistan,” she said.
“The bowlers did extremely well playing on a different track. Keeping them under 55 was excellent work by them. We still have a bit of work to do when it comes to chasing the score, we unfortunately lost a couple of wickets but that is still something that can be addressed before we play Pakistan again.”
Tour Fixtures for the Qatar International ODI Cricket Championship: 10 January: Pakistan 183/9 (50); Ireland Women 73 (31); Pakistan won by 110 runs 11 January: South Africa v Ireland (Match abandoned without a ball bowled) 12 January: South Africa 125/8 (50); Pakistan 126/6 (49.1); Pakistan won by 4 wickets 13 January: Ireland 92 (48.3); Pakistan 93/3 (26); Pakistan won by 7 wickets 14 January: Ireland 53 (35.3); South Africa 54/2 (13.5); South Africa won by 8 wickets 15 January: South Africa v Pakistan (D/N) (Doha Stadium) 17 January: Pakistan v South Africa: ODI Series Final (D/N) (Doha Stadium) Tour Fixtures for the Qatar International T20 Cricket Championship: 19 January: Pakistan v South Africa (T20) (Afternoon Match) (Doha Stadium) 19 January: Ireland v Pakistan (T20) (Evening Match) (D/N) (Doha Stadium) 20 January: South Africa v Ireland (T20) (Afternoon Match) (Doha Stadium) 20 January: Pakistan v Ireland (T20) (Evening Match) (D/N) (Doha Stadium) 22 January: South Africa v Ireland (T20) (Afternoon Match) (Doha Stadium) 22 January: South Africa v Pakistan (T20) (Evening Match) (D/N) (Doha Stadium) 24 January: T20 Series Final (D/N) (Doha Stadium) Momentum Proteas team for the Inaugural Qatar International Cricket Championship: Mignon du Preez (capt, Northerns) Trisha Chetty (vice capt, KZN) Moseline Daniels (Western Province) Shandré Fritz (Western Province) Shabnim Ismail (Western Province) Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province) Lizelle Lee (North West) Marcia Letsoalo (Northerns) Sunette Loubser (Boland) Suné Luus (Northerns) Nadine Moodley (KZN) Yolandi Potgieter (Boland) Chloe Tryon (KZN) Dané van Niekerk (Eastern Province) Team management: Hilton Moreeng (Head Coach) Abram Ramoadi (Video Analyst) Charlie Gouveia (Biokinetisist & trainer) Karlien Human (Team Physio)
Photo caption: Dané van Niekerk produced a Player of the Match award-winning spell of 3/8 (5.3 overs) to propel the Momentum SA Proteas to an 8-wicket win over Ireland in Doha on Tuesday, to qualify for the Doha ODI triangular final on Friday. The Proteas play Pakistan in a ‘final’ dress-rehearsal on Wednesday, in their final round-robin match of the tournament. In this file photo, SA celebrate the stumping of Lata Mondal off the bowling of Van Niekerk during the first ODI match between South Africa and Bangladesh, at Willowmore Park in Benoni on 20 September, 2013. Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images
(With editing by gsport)