Brave Momemtum Proteas bow out of ICC WT20 after 9-wicket loss to pre-tournament favourates England
Yolandi van der Westhuizen
Momentum Proteas skipper Mignon du Preez captain scored her third T20I half-century in a winning effort that put the South Africans ahead of New Zealand’s White Ferns in their battle for the second of two Group A semi-final berths in Bangladesh
The Momentum Proteas posted 165/5 after winning the toss and opting to bat, before Shabnim Ismail and Dané van Niekerk lead the bowling attack to win the South Africans an 86-run win to stay in contention at the ICC Women’s World T20 in Bangladesh
The Momentum Proteas put in a gritty performance but it wasn’t good enough as they lost by six wickets to World Champions Australia, in their second ICC Women’s World Twenty20 group-stage match in Sylhet, Bangladesh.
Following their opening warm-up loss to the West Indies, the Momentum Proteas have bounced back with a confidence-boosting win against hosts Bangladesh, ahead of their ICC Women’s World Twenty20 start against Pakistan on Sunday.
World T20-Bound Proteas wary but not intimidated as South Africa anticipate their start at the premier short-form world competition against Pakistan on Sunday 23 March
Cricket SA has announced its 14-player squad for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, from 23 March to 2 April 2014, where skipper Mignon du Preez will lead South Africa against Group A competitors Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland.
Northerns vs KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Province vs Boland in 2013/2014 Cricket SA Women’s Provincial T20 Competition semi-finals
Eastern Province won both their matches against Boland and Western Province to go top of the West/East Cricket South Africa Women’s Provincial League. There were also wins for Northerns, KwaZulu Natal and Free State who top the central log.
Proteas captain Mignon du Preez believes the gap is closing between the top and emerging nations. Du Preez will lead her team out against the West Indies on Sunday in the hope of making the ICC Women’s World T20 semifinals, despite today’s loss to New Zealand.