Captain Tazmin Brits struck a half-century and Odine Kirsten claimed three wickets but it was not enough as the South Africa Emerging team made an emotional return to action at the Hammanskraal Oval in Pretoria on Saturday.
Playing their first match since the tragic death of coach Cobus Roodt on Monday, which prompted the cancelation of their opening match against England Women’s Academy, the hosts fell to a heavy, 120-run loss to Australia’s Shooting Stars in their opening match of the Cricket South Africa Women's Academy Triangular Series.
After losing the toss and being asked to field first, the hosts got through most of Australia’s line-up quite easily, but two players made telling contributions. Sixteen-year-old captain Rachel Trenaman hit a thrilling century, recording 122 (124 balls, 16 fours) while opener Tahlia Wilson hit 76 (95 balls, 9 fours).
Their contributions enabled the visitors to post 280 all out in their 50 overs, with Kirsten ending as the best of the bowlers with 3/49.
Opener Brits then hit an 88-ball 52 (8 fours), but there was little else in terms of support as the South Africans folded for just 160 in 36.2 overs. Sinalo Jafta was the only other notable batter, returning 30 from 33 deliveries.
Trenaman was one of three bowlers to take two wickets each after she bagged 2/25 alongside Stella Campbell (2/19) and Tayla Vlaeminck (2/20) as Australia made it two wins from two following their nine-run triumph over England on Thursday.
Next up for South Africa is the England Academy on Monday.
South Africa Emerging team: Zintle Mali (Border), Tumi Sekhukhune (Easterns), Sarah Smith (Western Province), Andrie Steyn (Western Province), Faye Tunnicliffe (Boland), Nonkululeko Thabethe (Gauteng), Gandhi Jafta (Border), Anneke Bosch (North West), Sinalo Jafta (North West), Nadine de Klerk (Northerns), Odine Kirsten (Northerns), Lara Goodall ( Western Province), Robyn Appels (Western Province).
Management: Francois van der Merwe (Head Coach), Dinesha Devnarain (Assistant Coach), Mduduzi Mbatha (Fitness Trainer), Molebatsi Theletsane (Physio).