The Proteas comprehensively beat the Netherlands by 174 runs at the Sportpark Maarshalkweerd in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Saturday, their second successive comfortable win in three days giving them an unassailable 2-nil lead.
This provides Noor Rhode’s girls the opportunity to play with greater freedom in Sunday’s final game, before heading off to England to play in a ODI and T20 match against England A and New Zealand each.
South African captain Cri-Zelda Brits, in particular pleasing form, scored her sixth one-day half-century (to add to her two centuries in 25 innings) on Saturday.
SA’s no. 3 batswoman Annelie Minnie must also be applauded on her debut half-century, achieved at a very respectable strike-rate of 69.3, but the day’s batting honours went to Daleen Terblanche, the likeable opener who scored an unbeaten 114.
Chasing a total of 265 to win, the Dutch lost opener VCE Wattenberg to the ever-lethal Shabnim Ismail, and after a brief innings-high second-wicket partnership of 30 between Netherland debutant C de Groot and captain HW Rambaldo, the South African attack took regular wickets to bowl the Dutch out for a total of 88 in the penultimate over.
Batswoman extraordinaire Johmari Logtenberg made up for her brief batting innings by bagging the South Africans’ best bowling figures, taking a remarkable three wickets in five overs, including two maidens for just six runs.
Marcia Letsoalo and Sunette Loubser each accounted for two wickets, and with Ismail and Logtenberg, Cricket South Africa’s Woman Cricketer of the Year Ashlyn Kilowan finished off the Dutch.
This European tour forms a key part of the Proteas’ preparations for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Lahore, Pakistan in November, also involving Papua New Guinea, Bermuda, Ireland, Scotland and Zimbabwe, in which the top two sides qualify for Australia’s 2009 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.