07 Feb CSA CONGRATULATES MOMENTUM PROTEAS ON SPIRITED COMEBACK SERIES WIN AGAINST WEST INDIES
JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated the Momentum Proteas on their impressive turnaround 2-1 series victory over the West Indies after the hosts sealed an emphatic six wicket triumph in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) at the Imperial Wanderers on Sunday.
The series win is the team’s fifth in a row in 50-over cricket since January 2020 and a second consecutive result over the West Indies following a historic 4-1 success in the Caribbean in September last year, helping to cement the side’s second place in ODI rankings.
Following a rained out first ODI, South Africa went down in an eventful second clash by a Super Over after both sides were bowled out for 160, with fast bowler, Ayabonga Khaka recording career-best figures of five for 26 before the visitors outscored the Proteas in the six-ball shootout.
Captain Suné Luus’ charges then levelled the series with a dominant victory in the third ODI as top-order batter, Laura Wolvaardt scored her third career century, scoring 117 off 123 balls (11 fours, 1 six) as the home side scored 299 / 8 before removing their opponents for 203 all out.
The four-match series then came down to an exciting conclusion during the annual Black Day ODI, a day dedicated to highlight the plight of gender-based violence (GBV) with the Proteas team donning their all-black kit with a message of #EndGBV.
Led by stalwart, Shabnim Ismail’s four for 44 with the ball, South Africa restricted the West Indies side to 174 all out before Andrie Steyn marked her first international game since 2019 with a measured 52 off 73 alongside Luus (47) to help get the hosts over the line.
CSA Acting Chief Executive Pholetsi Moseki said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to watch our Momentum Proteas represent their country with such excellence against a fine West Indian team.
“The efforts that they made to win the series after being one-nil down, with a rained-out match to add to the pressure, shows us all that they are a team to look out for at this year’s ICC Women’s World Cup coming up shortly in New Zealand.
“Our heartiest congratulations go to coach Hilton Moreeng, captain, Suné Luus and the team on flying the South African flag high and carrying yourselves with the dignity befitting our proud nation.
“The outstanding individual milestones tell their own story, and without taking away from the all-round team effort, I would like to congratulate Laura Wolvaardt on her third, ODI century and our rock star bowling pair, Shabnim Ismail and Player of the Series, Ayabonga Khaka, on their respective series hauls of 10 wickets each.
“Bowlers will tell you that the game has become more and more batter friendly in years past and to have a bowler recognised as the standout player of the series, goes a long way in showing off the excellence that we boast in our team.
“This is definitely the perfect end to solid preparation ahead of the World Cup, and we look forward to more performances of this nature in the coming weeks.”
The series success comes at a welcomed time for the Momentum Proteas ahead of their departure for New Zealand where they will be taking on the rest of the world in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup from 04 March – 03 April.
Momentum Proteas’ 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup squad:
Suné Luus (Captain) (Titans Ladies), Chloé Tryon (Vice-Captain) (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Ayabonga Khaka (Imperial Lions), Lara Goodall (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Laura Wolvaardt (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Lizelle Lee (Senwes Dragons), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Masabata Maria Klaas (Senwes Dragons), Mignon du Preez (Titans Ladies), Nonkululeko Mlaba (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Shabnim Ismail (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Sinalo Jafta (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Tazmin Brits (Senwes Dragons), Trisha Chetty (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Tumi Sekhukhune (Imperial Lions)
Anneke Bosch (Senwes Dragons), Nadine de Klerk (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Raisibe Ntozakhe (Imperial Lions)
Hilton Moreeng (Head Coach), Dillon du Preez (Assistant Coach), Sedibu Mohlaba (Team Manager), Abram Ramoadi (Performance Analyst), Tshegofatso Gaetsewe (Team Doctor), Molebatsi Theletsane (Physiotherapist) Zane Webster (Strength & Conditioning Coach), Kruger van Wyk (Wicket-keeping & Fielding Consultant), Zahid Shaik (Close Protection Officer), Happiness Mesi (Logistics Officer / Team Massage Therapist), Lita Gqirana (Media Manager)
South Africa’s ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Fixtures:
Saturday, 05 March: Bangladesh vs South Africa – University Oval, Dunedin at 00h00 (CAT)
Friday, 11 March: Pakistan vs South Africa – Bay Oval, Tauranga at 03h00 (CAT)
Monday, 14 March: South Africa vs England – Bay Oval, Tauranga at 03h00 (CAT)
Thursday, 17 March: New Zealand vs South Africa, Seddon Park, Hamilton at 03h00 (CAT)
Tuesday, 22 March: South Africa vs Australia – Basin Reserve, Wellington at 00h00 (CAT)
Thursday, 24 March: South Africa vs West Indies – Basin Reserve, Wellington at 00h00 (CAT)
Sunday, 27 March: India vs South Africa – Hagley Oval, Christchurch at 03h00 (CAT)
Wednesday, 30 March: Semi-final 1 – Basin Reserve, Wellington
Thursday, 31 March: Semi-final 2 – Hagley Oval, Christchurch
For media enquiries, please contact:
Team Media Manager – Lita Gqirana
Cell.: (+27) 76 503 9655
Issued by: Cricket South Africa – Corporate Communications
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