SA Women’s Invitational XI make positive start to ICC Africa T20 tournament

SA Women Invitational against Zimbabwe

SA Women Invitational against Zimbabwe

The South Africa Invitational side won both of their matches in the Pepsi ICC Africa Women’s Trophy in Benoni on Saturday. They beat both Zimbabwe and Namibia by six wickets.

In their morning match against Zimbabwe, South Africa restricted the neighbours to 88/7 in their allotted overs, with Ayabonga Khaka and Akona Nyiki taking 2/11 and 2/16 respectively. Zimbabwe’s Precious Marange and Chipo Mugeri were the highest scorers with 25* and 19.

In their reply, South Africa’s openers - Andrie Steyn (25) and Nikita Sole (19) - gave their side a solid start, sharing a 54-run partnership before it was broken up by Josephine Nkomo, who removed them both in the 10th and 13th overs. She also got the wicket of Maryka Kirchoff (5) to finish with 3/13. Tamzin Brits and Savanna Cordes both added unbeaten eight runs to get their side over the line for a strong win in the end.

In the afternoon match against Namibia, South Africa once again won the toss and elected to field, confining them to 56/7 in their 20.

Michelle Burt took 3/11, while Khaka chipped in with another helpful 2/7 at the end of her four-over spell. Namibia’s Irene van Zyl top scored with 18.

South Africa reached their target in 13 overs, with Steyn the leading run scorer this time, hitting 15 off 25 to put her side on course for a certain victory.