The South African women’s cricket team showed they have a lot to learn when it comes to Twenty20 cricket, after losing both their encounters against New Zealand and England A at Somerset County Cricket Ground yesterday.
In both matches, South Africa chased formidable totals, and came up short, struggling to pace their innings.
The Proteas lost by 89 runs to England A, who posted 180 in their allotted 20 overs, and then bowled South Africa out for 85 in the 18th over.
Earlier in the day, the South African women suffered their first loss on tour, going down by 97 runs to New Zealand. New Zealand, batted first, and posted a competitive 186/7 in their allotted 20 overs.
SA vice-captain Johmari Logtenberg took 2/35 in her four overs. In reply, South Africa panicked with four run-outs, resulting in the team being all out for 89, after captain Cri-Zelda Brits top-scored with 23, while Claire Terblanche chipped in with 22.
Yesterday’s Twenty20 losses brought to an end the Proteas nearly three week tour of Europe, which included victory in the historic one-off four-day test against Netherlands in Rotterdam, a three-nil ODI series win against the Dutch, and victories in both their limited overs encounters against England A.
Overall, the team will be happy with their efforts on tour as key players shone with both bat and ball, and experienced players like Daleen Terblanche, took the pressure of some of the youngsters.