WSL 3.0: Women’s Super League – News, Match Reports and Results – Day 1
News, Match Reports and Results from Day 1 of WSL 3.0: Women’s Super League.
Thistles v Starlights
Thistles make a flying start to the Women’s Super League (WSL)
A dashing half century by Anneke Bosch helped the Thistles make a flying start to the Women’s Super League (WSL) after they claimed an 11-run win in their opening match against the Starlights at Six Gun Grill Newlands in Cape Town on Monday.
Khayakazi Mathe also played an important role with three wickets to help Angelique Taai’s charges to an important result as women’s cricket made its first return since Covid-19 struck South Africa way back in March.
The December 14-16 event was therefore highly anticipated by all those involved, which included most of the Momentum Proteas, who were all split amongst the four squads when the WSL 3.0 Virtual Draft took place at the start of the month.
However, there were many unknows too who made an impact in match one.
After Thistles captain Tumi Sekhukhune won the toss and opted to bat first, they lost Trisha Chetty (2) early, with Nonkululeko Thanbethe (7) and Alexandra Candler (4) following without making too much of an impact.
It was 44 for three at that stage with Eliz-Mari Marx then offering good support to Bosch during 41-run fourth wicket stand, which ended with the latter dismissed for 51 off 45 balls (7 fours) by pick of the bowlers Masabata Klaas (3/16).
Marx (21 not out) batted out the closing overs to help her side post 100 for six.
The reply was not a good one by the Starlights after they slumped woefully to 39 for eight just after the halfway mark – Mathe doing most of the damage with three for 16.
Nobulumko Baneti (2/10), Sekhukhune (2/15), Moseline Daniels (1/14) and Shabnim Ismail (1/20) were also outstanding, with key batters like Lizelle Lee (4), Andrie Steyn (0) and Lara Goodall (7) all failing.
Khushi Mistry (34 not out off 44 balls) and Tatum Le Roux (20) did add some respectability to the scoreboard by sharing in a fighting ninth wicket half century stand, but the total proved too tall for them as their side ended on 89 for nine, handing Thistles victory.
All the matches in the WSL 3.0 can be watched live on the CSA YouTube channel.
Thistles squad : Tumi Sekhukhune (capt), Shabnim Ismail, Trisha Chetty, Anneke Bosch, Eliz-Mari Marx, Nonkululeko Thanbethe, Jade De Figuerido, Moseline Daniels, Nadia Mbokotwana, Khayakazi Mathe, Alexandra Candler, Courtney Gouden, Nobulumko Baneti. Angelique Taai (Head Coach), Richard Hlela (Assistant Coach).
Starlights squad : Chloe Tryon (capt), Lizelle Lee, Masabata Klaas, Andrie Steyn, Lara Goodall, Leah Jones, Nondumiso Shangase, Anri Grobbelaar, Tatum Le Roux, Annerie Dercksen, Christine Tomlinson, Khushi Mistry, Evodia Yekile. Claire Terblanche (Head Coach), Neo Sekokotla (Assistant Coach).
WOLVAARDT 59 TRUMPS LUUS 52 IN CORONATIONS WIN
Laura Wolvaardt’s half-century overcame an excellent all-round effort by Momentum Proteas team-mate Sune Luus as Coronations began the Women’s Super League (WSL) with a narrow six-run win over Duchesses in match two at Six Gun Grill Newlands in Cape Town on Monday.
The star opener crashed 59 off 56 balls (3 balls) that helped her side amass 132 for four after captain Tazmin Brits won the toss and batted.
Luus was the pick of the bowlers after nabbing two for 24 and she then struck 53 off 50 balls (4 fours) in a chase that ended with Duchesses ending on 126 for six.
It was a thrilling end to the contest and came hot on the heels of Thistles’ 11-run win over Starlights in the earlier opener as women’s cricket returned to action for the first since Covid-19 struck South Africa back in March.
Brits won the toss at the start of the game, and alongside Wolvaardt, gave their team a strong start through an opening stand of 29 in six overs, before she fell for 15.
Kirsty Thompson then stepped in and lashed 38 off 32 balls in a second wicket partnership that yielded 65.
Luus eventually ended the stand, but Wolvaardt provided a strong finish to set up a target of 133.
Duchesses lost Gandhi Jafta (2) to Ayabonga Khaka (2/20) early in the chase, but Faye Tunnicliffe (28) and Michaela Kirk (25) batted beautifully around Luus to keep the chase on track.
However, pick of the bowler’s, Khaka claimed the crucial wicket of Luus at a key time to slow the chase in a blow that proved costly and ultimately lead to the Duchesses falling just short. There were also two wickets for Jane Winster (2/24).
WSL 3.0 continues on Tuesday with all the matches live on the CSA YouTube channel.
Coronations squad : Nadine de Klerk (capt), Laura Wolvaardt, Ayabonga Khaka, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Verunissa Reddy, Madison Landman, Tazmin Brits, Kirsty Thompson, Kgomotso Rapoo, Jane Winster, Izelle Cilliers, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Zintle Kula. Adele van Eck (Head Coach), Shaun Pretorius (Assistant Coach).
Duchesses squad : Sune Luus (capt), Mignon du Preez, Sinalo Jafta, Zintle Mali, Delmi Tucker, Faye Tunnicliffe, Micheala Andrews, Gabsile Nkosi, Robyn Searle, Gandhi Jafta, Alyssa Elxlebben, Monalisa Legodi, Michaela Kirk. Martelize van der Merwe (Head Coach), Mark Arthur (Assistant Coach).
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