A blazing half-century from Chloe Tryon ensured the Momentum Proteas made a flying start to the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament with a 63-run win over Pakistan in their Group B opener in Colombo on Tuesday.
The young all-rounder smashed 79 (69 balls, 5 fours, 4 sixes) at the Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground as the South Africans reached 258/9 after winning the toss and batting first. It was the fourth half-century of Tryon’s career and helped anchor the middle and latter part of the innings after her side found themselves in trouble on 129/5, just on the mid-way point of their innings.
Mignon du Preez was the second highest scorer with 40, but was amongst the first five wickets to fall, along with Laura Wolvaardt (20), Lizelle Lee (18), Trisha Chetty (0) and Marizanne Kapp (38). Tryon and captain, Dane van Niekerk (30) put on 89 for the sixth wicket to put South Africa back on track as they set 259 for victory.
The skipper then struck twice inside the first 17 overs as Pakistan limped to 110/5 in the 29th over.
Nain Abidi’s patient 62 (105 balls, 7 fours, 1 six) added some respectability to the total for the opposition, who never really threatened after their staggered start as they eventually finished with 195/6.
There was a wicket each for Kapp (1/24), Ayabonga Khaka (1/39) and Marcia Letsoalo (1/22), while van Niekerk finished with 2/35.
South Africa’s next assignment will be against Scotland on Wednesday, with fixtures against Group B competitors Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea to follow.
The teams finishing in the top four of the Super Six stage of the competition will join defending champions Australia, hosts England, New Zealand and West Indies in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 from 26 June to 23 July in the United Kingdom. The same top four will also join the above mentioned in the next round of the ICC Women’s Championship.
ICC Women’s World Cup Qualification First Round Scores in Brief:
South Africa beat Pakistan by 63 runs (Nondescripts Cricket Club)
South Africa 258-9 in 50 overs (Chloe Tryon 79, Mignon du Preez 40, Marizanne Kapp 38, Nashra Sandhu 3-51).
Pakistan 195-6 in 50 overs (Nain Abidi 62, Sana Mir 38 not out, Nahida Khan 35).
India beat Sri Lanka by 114 runs (P. Sara Stadium)
India 259-4 in 50 overs (Devika Vaidya 89, Mithali Raj 70, Deepti Sharma 54, Udeshika Prabodhani 2-56).
Sri Lanka145-8 in 50 overs (Hasini Perera 34, Chamara Athapaththu 30).
Bangladesh beat Papua New Guinea by 118 runs (Colombo Cricket Club)
Bangladesh 215-6 in 50 overs (Harmin Akhter 56, Fargana Hoque 51).
PNG 97 in 32.1 overs (Pauke Siaka 32, Rumana Ahmed 2-13, Salma Khatun 2-14, Panna Ghosh 2-20, Jahanara Alam 2-27).
Ireland beat Zimbabwe by 119 runs (Mercantile Cricket Association)
Ireland 237-6 in 50 overs (Kim Garth 63, Laura Delany 47, Clare Shillington, Josephine Nkomo 2-46, Nomatter Mutasa 2-53).
Zimbabwe 118 all out in 37.5 overs (Ashley Ndiraya 35, Kim Garth 3-24, Ciara Metcalfe 3-38, Amy Kenealy 2-19).
Group A – India, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand
Group B – South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea
Sun 5 Feb – South Africa beat India by 6 wickets (with 91 balls remaining)
First Round Tournament Fixtures and Results for South Africa:
Tues 7 Feb – South Africa beat Pakistan by 63-runs
Wed 8 Feb – Scotland v South Africa
Sat 11 Feb – South Africa v Bangladesh
Mon 13 Feb – South Africa v Papua New Guinea
Super Six stage (teams to be confirmed after 13 February matches):
Wed 15 Feb – Match 21, P.Sara Stadium; Match 22, NCC; Match 23, CCC
Fri 17 Feb – Match 24, P.Sara Stadium; Match 25, NCC; Match 26, CCC
Sun 19 Feb – Match 27, P.Sara Stadium; Match 28, NCC; Match 29, CCC
Tue 21 Feb – FINAL
Momentum Proteas World Cup Qualifiers squad:
Dane van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province)
Trisha Chetty (wicketkeeper, Gauteng)
Moseline Daniels (Boland)
Mignon du Preez (Northerns)
Yolani Fourie (Gauteng)
Lara Goodall (Western Province)
Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng)
Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province)
Ayabonga Khaka (Border)
Lizelle Lee (North West)
Matshipi Letsoalo (Northerns)
Sune Luus (Northerns)
Chloe Tryon (KwaZulu-Natal Coastal)
Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province)
Hilton Moreeng (Head Coach)
Sedibu Mohlaba (Team Manager)
Molebatsi Theletsane (Physiotherapist)
Abram Ramoadi (Performance Analyst)
Salieg Nackerdien (Assistant Coach)
Russell Clarke (Fitness Trainer)
Photo 1 caption: The coveted International Cricket Council Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament trophy is firmly in the Momentum Proteas’ eyeliner after captain Dane van Niekerk said SA would look to dominate the tournament in Sri Lanka. Photo: ICC
Photo 2 caption: Skipper van Niekerk (right) and Pakistan captain Dana Mir (centre) conduct the toss before the match. SA won the toss and batted first, amassing 258 in their 50 overs, a formidable total largely due to all-rounder Chloe Tryon’s big hitting. Photo: ICC
Photo 3 caption: Chloe Tryon (right) and Marizanne Kapp captured at the crease during the team’s warm-up match against India. Tryon hit 79 off 69 balls including 4 sixes to earn the Player of the Match trophy, while Kapp contributed a quick-fire 38 off 41 balls for the day’s third-best innings by a South African. Photo: ICC
Photo 4 caption: The Group B Log showing SA having dealt with their most dangerous opponents Pakistan settled in a convincing win. The Momentum Proteas face Scotland on Wednesday, Bangladesh on Saturday and PNG on the following Monday. Image: ICC
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