Proteas Women and New Zealand are trusting the weather gods to play their part when they meet at Willowmoore Park, in Benoni tomorrow Saturday, 14 October for the fourth T20 in the 5-match series. With the first three matches abandoned due to inclement weather in East London, the teams are hungry for some game time.
News coming out of the Protea camp is that Marizanne Kapp and Lara Goodall will sit out the remainder of the series due to injuries.
Speaking to the media ahead of the match tomorrow, Proteas captain Laura Wolvaardt, expressed that they will be looking at bringing in another bowler to compensate for Kappie’s overs that will be missed but that will be a decision for later this afternoon.
“The team has been trying to stay switched on during the raining days of play, but all that is behind us now and we are excited to play some cricket tomorrow. We had a good training session today and are looking forward to being on the field tomorrow.”
When asked how being captain has affected her game, she laughs:
“Being captain has not changed me much, but has certainly made me more comfortable in my role. When I am batting, I concentrate on just batting and when I am fielding, I am more in the game as captain, and it has been good for me.”Proteas Women Captain, Laura Wolvaardt
Regarding Suné Luus not bowling much, Wolvaardt says “Suné is just wanting to focus on her batting, and she has been doing that well. She has the backing of the coaches and players alike, and it has been good for her.”
“These two games are good games in preparation for the World Cup. It comes down to what you want to do well. Try what you want to try and nail your bowling and batting. Get your combinations of what you want right.”
The final two matches will start at 14h00 SAST, and tickets can be purchased from TicketPros.co.za from R40.
Proteas Women Squad vs New Zealand:
Laura Wolvaardt (captain)
Nadine de Klerk
Mieke de Ridder
Proteas Women vs New Zealand T20 Fixtures
Fri 6 October: 1st T20 – Proteas Women vs New Zealand Woman – Match Abandoned
Sun 8 October: 2nd T20 – Proteas Women vs New Zealand Woman – Match Abandoned
Tue 10 October: 3rd T20 – Proteas Women vs New Zealand Woman – Match Abandoned
Sat 14 October (14h00): 4th T20 – Proteas Women vs New Zealand Woman (Willowmoore Park, Benoni)
Sun 15 October (14h00): 5th T20 – Proteas Women vs New Zealand Woman (Willowmoore Park, Benoni)
Photo Caption: Proteas Women and New Zealand are trusting the weather gods to play their part when they meet at Willowmoore Park, in Benoni Saturday, 14 October for the fourth T20 in the 5-match series. Photo: Screenshot of the Proteas Women Reel on Instagram