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WSL 3.0: Women’s Super League – News, Match Reports and Results – Day 2

Lizelle Lee
Lizelle Lee
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News, Match Reports and Results from Day 2 of WSL 3.0: Women’s Super League.

 

DERCKSEN, BOWLERS EARN FIRST WIN FOR STARLIGHTS

 

Outstanding death bowling by Masabata Klaas and Tatum Le Roux ensured there was a late stumble by Coronations that allowed Starlights to snatch a dramatic two-run win from their Women’s Super League (WSL) encounter at Six Gun Grill Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Chasing 133 for victory – built around a flying 66 off 62 balls (10 fours) by Annerie Dercksen – Adele van Eck’s charges were cruising on 107 for three in the 17th over after a fine half century response by Kirsty Thompson (53 off 50 balls, 9 fours).

But Klaas (3/25) and Le Roux (1/26) built on some good work done by Nondumiso Shangase (2/24) a little earlier to dent the chase and leave Coronations just short on 130 for six.

It was their first defeat of the competition and first win for the Starlights in what was match three of the competition.

Coronations had won the toss at the start of the contest and opted to field first, a decision that looked a good one initially as Ayabonga Khaka (2/15) claimed the prise wicket of Lizelle Lee for a second-ball duck.

However, that proved to be their only early success as Dercksen and Andrie Steyn (29 off 34 balls) shared in a wonderful century stand, the first of the competition, that took the score from nought of one to 102 for one.

Nadine de Klerk (2/25) eventually broke the stand, bur Lara Goodall thumped an unbeaten 22 off just 13 deliveries to help her side finish strongly and post 132 for four.

Tazmin Brits (10) fell early in the Coronations chase, but Laura Wolvaardt (30 off 28 balls) and Thomson put their side on track for victory with an assured 51-run second-wicket stand.

Their efforts left the total on 76 for one in the 12th over, but Shangase then landed a double blow – removing the Momentum Proteas opener and Verunissa Reddy (0) jolted progress.

But with Thomson and skipper De Klerk still there, Coronations continued to cruise towards the target.

They needed 26 from 19 balls when Klaas cleaned up the former and then did the same to the latter for 10. Le Roux also played her role by keeping it tight and accounting for Zintle Kula to seal a first win of the competition for Claire Terblanche’s charges.

 

All the matches in the WSL 3.0 can be watched 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).

 

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).

 

BANETI FOUR-FOR HELPS THISTLES MAKE IT TWO FROM TWO

An outstanding four for 18 by Nobulumko Baneti helped Thistles maintain their 100 percent winning record at the Women’s Super League (WSL) on Tuesday after they eased to a 36-run victory over Duchesses in Cape Town.

Jade de Figuerido (3/23) and Shabnim Ismail (2/15) also excelled for Angelique Taai’s charges as they became the first team to bowl out the opposition, blowing them away for 112 during their pursuit of 149 at Six Gun Grill Newlands.

Earlier Trisha Chetty (45 off 37 balls) and Nonkululeko Thanbethe (43 off 50 balls) shared in a first wicket partnership of 90 to set the Thistles on their way to the biggest score of the week in match four of action.

Their captain Tumi Sekhukhune won the toss and batted first, with the openers in excellent form during their 13-over stay together.

The stand was eventually broken by Monalisa Legodi (1/14), but Anneke Bosch (16) and Eliz-Mari Marx (9) ensured their side finished strongly to post 148 for four in their 20 overs.

Paulinah Mashishi (1/12) was the pick of the bowlers for the Duchesses, who then found themselves in early trouble when key batter Faye Tunnicliffe was run out first ball for a duck following a mix-up with Gandhi Jafta (23).

That brought captain Sune Luus to the middle, and long with Jafta, the pair added 37 for the second wicket to get the chase going.

However, De Figuerido dismissed the latter, followed by Michaela Kirk (12) and Sinalo Jafta (7) as the Duchesses began to crumble.

And when skipper Luus fell to the seam of Baneti with the total on 97, it left her side with a mountain to climb.

The Thistles’ star bowler and Ismail then ran through the tail to leave their opponents all out in 18.2 overs.

The final day of WSL 3.0 takes place on Wednesday. All the matches can be watched live on the CSA YouTube channel.

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).

 

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).

 

The fixtures and results for WSL 3.0 are:

 

Dec Mon 14 10:00: Thistles beat Starlights by 11 runs

Dec Mon 14 14:00: Coronations beat Duchesses by 6 runs

Dec Tue 15 10:00: Starlights beat Coronations by 2 runs

Dec Tue 15 14:00: Thistles beat Duchesses by 36 runs

Dec Wed 16 09:00: Duchesses v Starlights Six Gun Grill Newlands, Cape Town

Dec Wed 16 12:30: Coronations v Thistles Six Gun Grill Newlands, Cape Town

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