Batters set up SA Women’s Invitation win in ICC Africa T20 tournament

Andrie Steyn in action for South Africa Women’s Invitation XI

Andrie Steyn in action for South Africa Women’s Invitation XI

The South Africa Women’s Invitation XI continued their winning ways when they beat Kenya by 84 runs in the second round of the Pepsi ICC Africa Women’s Trophy in Benoni on Sunday.

The home side posted 118/7 after winning the toss and electing to bat first. They dug themselves out of trouble when they found themselves five wickets down for 40 in the ninth over after no one could score more than openers, Andrie Steyn and Savanna Cordes’ nine runs each.

Maryka Kirchoff began the rebuild of the innings, scoring 20 from 23 balls, followed by an unbeaten and match-saving, 39-run innings from Tamzin Britz off 22 balls.

None of Kenya’s batters could get a proper start with the double team of Ayabonga Khaka and Kirchoff with the ball in hand. They took 2/5 and 2/6 respectively, while the rest of the attack kept the innings tight. Kenya’s highest scorer was Ruth Mwihaki with just nine runs.

Unbeaten South Africa are second on the log with six points, beaten by Tanzania (6 points) by virtue of a superior net run rate.