Proteas women solidify position with 10-wicket dubbing of PNG

Dane van Niekerk appeals for a wicket.

Dane van Niekerk appeals for a wicket.

A ruthless performance by the bowling unit saw them set up a 10-wicket victory for the Momentum Proteas women in their last Group B match against Papua New Guinea (PNG) at the Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground in Colombo on Monday. South Africa, who have already qualified for the Super Six stage of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier tournament ended the group stage on top of the log with four points. They, along with India who top the Group A log are the only unbeaten teams in the tournament so far.

PNG, who won the toss and elected to bat first, were skittled out for 76 runs in 32.4 overs thanks to an implacable South African bowling attack. Shabnim Ismail and Suné Luus were relentless, both returning figures of 2/13 in 6.4 and five overs respectively. Ismail was named Player of the Match for the second, consecutive time. Yolani Fourie was also in fine form, taking 2/18 in nine, while captain, Dané van Niekerk (1/10) and Marcia Letsoalo (1/11) returned a scalp each.

Laura Wolvaardt led the batting reply, hitting an unbeaten 43 from 52 deliveries with opening partner, Lara Goodall (28*). They batted at just over five and a-half runs an over to reach their target with a little over 35 overs to spare.

South Africa are joined in the Super Six stage by India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Ireland and Bangladesh. All six teams have retained their One-Day International status for the next four-year cycle by virtue of qualifying for this next round of the tournament.

The Proteas will play India in their first Super Six match on 15 February. The match will be at broadcast venue, P. Sara Stadium and will be live streamed at icc-cricket.com.

Match summary:

PNG 76 all out in 32.4 overs, Brenda Tau 30; Shabnim Ismail 2-13, Sune Luus 2-13, Yolani Fourie 2-18).
South Africa 77 for no loss in13.5 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 43, Lara Goodall 28)
South Africa beat Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets at Nondescripts Cricket Club


Super Six schedule:

15 February: South Africa v India (P. Sara Stadium), Sri Lanka v Pakistan (Nondescripts Cricket Club), Bangladesh v Ireland (Colombo Cricket Club).

17 February: Sri Lanka v South Africa (P. Sara Stadium), India v Bangladesh (Nondescripts Cricket Club), Ireland v Pakistan (Colombo Cricket Club).

19 February: India v Pakistan (P. Sara Stadium), Sri Lanka v Bangladesh (Nondescripts Cricket Club), South Africa v Ireland (Colombo Cricket Club).