Klaas, Wolvaardt star as Proteas women level series
A maiden hat-trick by Masabata Klaas coupled with Laura Wolvaardt’s 13th career half-century helped the Proteas Women deliver the perfect response after they levelled their three-match, One-Day International series with Pakistan thanks to an eight-wicket win in Potchefstroom on Thursday.
More importantly, however, the result handed the home side two crucial points on the ICC Women’s Championship table, which lifted them from sixth up to fourth, leaving everything to play for at Willowmoore Park.
Although Wolvaardt was the stand-out batter, her efforts were made possible by the bowlers, who bowled the tourists out for 147. This after they made a strong start to the game when they progressed to 50 for none thanks to a solid opening stand between Nahida Khan (37) and Sidra Ameen (25).
Both were removed by Tumi Sekhukhune, who excelled with 2/20, before captain Sune Luus (2/24) cut through the middle order.
Bismah Maroof (32) was the only other player to cross 30 as Klaas and Marizanne Kapp (2/28) demolished the tail – the former finishing as the pick of the bowlers with 3/27 as the visitors were all out in 42 overs.
It was also the best career return for the Botshabelo-born seamer as she beat her previous mark of 3/32 against New Zealand at Paarl in 2016/17.
Proteas women’s ODI team for Match 2
Suné Luus (captain, Northerns), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain, KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Lizelle Lee (North West), Andrie Steyn (Western Province), Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Tumi Sekhukhune (North West), Masabata Klaas (North West), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Sinalo Jafta (wicket-keeper, North West).
Sun 12 Day 3rd Women’s ODI Willowmoore Park Benoni
Wed 15 Day 1st Women’s T20I Assupol Tuks Oval Pretoria
Sat 18 Day 2nd Women’s T20I Pietermaritzburg Oval Pietermaritzburg
Sun 19 Day 3rd Women’s T20I Pietermaritzburg Oval Pietermaritzburg
Wed 22 Day 4th Women’s T20I Willowmoore Park Benoni
Thu 23 Day 5th Women’s T20I Willowmoore Park Benoni