SA U19’s World Cup Preparations Off to a Positive Start

The SA U19’s 2023 ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup preparations got off to a successful start as the young stars outclassed Zimbabwe 5-0 in a recently concluded T20 series, which was held at Willowmoore Park in Benoni between 01-07 October 2022.

Dinesha Devnarain’s charges started the series off on Saturday, 1 October with an 8-run victory which went down to the wire.

The South Africans posted 151/9 in their 20 overs as Elandri Janse top-scored with 28 off 28 balls.

In the run-chase, the Zimbabweans were restricted to 143/8 in their 20 overs. Madison Landsman and Kayle Reyneke took 3 wickets apiece to ensure that the South Africans got off to a positive start.

Heading into the second encounter with a win in their back pocket, a confident South African side turned up the heat as they went on to thump their opponents.

Oluhle Siyo (69) led the way with the bat as SA posted 180/6 in their allotted overs before a collective bowling effort dismissed Zimbabwe U19 Women for 75.

The victories continued to stroll in for Devnarain’s side after another dominant all-round performance saw the South Africans take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

Nthabiseng Nini was the star on the day as she stood out with the ball, grabbing 5/5 in her 4 overs.

Going into the fourth match, SA were looking to wrap up the series with a game to go and were successful as they ensured an 8-wicket victory.

Jemma Botha (3/25) and Ayanda Hlubi (2/8) led from the front with the ball as Zimbabwe were restricted to 97/8.

Oluhle Siyo (34*) topped the scoring as the target was chased down in 10.5 overs.

On Friday, 7 October, the series wrapped up as the South Africans completed a whitewash after a 93-run victory.

Kayla Reyneke top-scored with 46 as SA U-19 posted 148/5 before Seshnie Naidu (4/11) led the bowling attack to dismiss the visitors for 55.

Devnarain will surely be ecstatic with the players performances as she previously mentioned that their aim is to see the girls improve their game.

“Our journey also includes building leadership skills and I’m looking forward to seeing the girls learn to back and express themselves on the field. I want them to always walk off the field knowing they gave their all out on the field, build to the next game and be an improved unit that is getting better by the day.”

SA U19 to Take on Zimbabwe

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