The Proteas’ national women’s side took the 50 over series 2-1 in spite of suffering a two-wicket defeat to the England Women’s Academy at Senwes Park Stadium in Potchefstroom on Tuesday.
The England Academy came back with a vengeance in the final match of the three-match series after Jodie Dibble took a remarkable 4/22 to confine the hosts to 128 all out in 28.2 overs after South Africa had won the toss and decided to bat first. Trisha Chetty scored the most runs with 33 as star performer Shandré Fritz was rested for the match.
The Academy’s batting was not their best, but it was sufficient to successfully chase down the score. Their top scorer was captain Caroline Atkins who made 24 runs before going leg before wicket to Susan Benade, who finished the match with three wickets for 24 runs.
England were able to put together enough partnerships to frustrate the bowlers and gather enough runs to reach the score provided within 33.2 overs and with two wickets to spare.
Although disappointed at the missed opportunity of a whitewash, Proteas’ captain Mignon du Preez was satisfied with the 2-1 series victory. “After the first two victories, we would have been ecstatic to have achieved a series whitewash, but the Academy has never made it easy for us and I’m happy that we pulled off a 2-1 win.
“I’m very proud of the squad and the focus that each individual has shown throughout the series and the commitment they have shown to the ideals and the plans of the team. We are now looking forward to an exciting T20 series where we know that anything can happen on the day,” she said.
The T20 Series consists of three consecutive days of action-packed cricket from Friday, 20 April to Sunday, 23 April. All matches will take place at Senwes Park Stadium in Potchefstroom from 2pm. Entrance is free and a braai area will be made available for spectator use.