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WSL 3.0: Women’s Super League – News, Match Reports and Results – Day 3

South Africa’s Sune Luus
South Africa’s Sune Luus
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News, Match Reports and Results from Day 3 of WSL 3.0: Women’s Super League.

 

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DUCHESSES EDGE OUT STARLIGHTS IN WSL THRILLER

 

Half centuries by Momentum Proteas pair Faye Tunnicliffe and Sune Luus followed by a late Starlights meltdown helped the Duchesses claim their first victory of the Women’s Super League (WSL) when they edged to a nail-biting one-run win in Cape Town on Wednesday.

There was also a thrilling competition-high 72 off 44 balls (8 fours, 3 sixes) by Lizelle Lee as she finally found form, but it was not enough as 150 for three played 149 for four at Six Gun Grill Newlands where Martelize van der Merwe’s girls claimed a first win of the week.

On a fine day in the Mother City, the Duchesses finally had an opportunity to set the target for a change after Luus won the toss and opted to bat first.

They lost Gandhi Jafta relatively early for 16, but Tunnicliffe’s 69 off 60 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes) and 55 off 37 balls (6 fours) by Luus – her second half century of WSL 3.0 – set them on their way for a strong total.

The pair put on 103 for the second wicket, before both fell to Tatum le Roux (2/32) late one, although by then the damage was done with a target of 151 set.

South Africa’s star opener Lee had endured a tough first two games, but she showed her class in game three by leading the chase.

In a strong opening stand alongside Andrie Steyn (44 off 45 balls), the two put on 113 in 13.3 overs, setting their side up for what looked an almost certain victory at that stage.

Even though they lost Lee at that point, Claire Terblanche’s charges reached the 15 over mark needing only 33 from the last 5 overs with nine wickets still standing.

But a combination of tight bowling by Alyssa Elxlebben (2/23) and Paulinah Mashishi (2/22) as well as the pressure of the chase lead to them losing their way.

Nicole de Klerk (17 not out off 11 balls) brought the equation down to 12 runs from the last over and then six runs from the final three balls, but Zintle Mali (0/24) bowling a the death held her nerve.

 

All the matches at WSL 3.0 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).

 

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).

 

RAPOO AND LANDSMAN SECURE CRUSHING WIN

Kgomotso Rapoo and Madison Landman claimed six wickets for 12 runs between them to help Coronations wrap up the Women’s Super League (WSL) with a comprehensive 36-run win over the previously unbeaten Thistles in the final match-up in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Spinner Rapoo recorded stunning figures of three for two in two overs, while fellow slow bowler Landman bagged three for 10 in four overs to leave the competition leaders all out for a woeful 44.

Thistles, who had won their previous two games, were chasing a modest 104 at Six Gun Grill Newlands but their poor batting performance meant they missed out on ending the week unbeaten.

Instead, it was Coronations that walked away with the points despite limping to 103 for nine after winning the toss and batting.

Laura Wolvaardt (25) and Tazmin Brits (13) gave their team a good start with 31 for the opening wicket, but Tumi Sekhukhune returned three for 21 in her four overs to jolt their progress.

Nadine de Klerk (30), the only other batter to score double figures, did help Adele van Eck’s team rebuild and they were in a decent position to launch a late assault at 84 for four in the 17th over.

But Shabnim Ismail (1/17) kept things tight at the death alongside Sekhukhune to restrict the target to just over 100.

That proved too big an ask, though for Thistles as their batters failed to deal with the determined Coronations attack.

Apart from Rapoo and Landman, Jane Winster (2/7) and Nonkululeko Mlaba (1/11) also proved almost impossible to score off as they ruthlessly dismissed their opponents with 20 deliveries to spare.

Trisha Chetty (23 off 34 balls) was the only player to reach double figures in a poor batting effort from Angelique Taai’s charges.

The second leg (March 2021) of the Women Super League will be held in Johannesburg at the Imperial Wanderers where this season’s champion will be crowned.

 

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).

 

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 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 beat Starlights by 1 run

Dec Wed 16 12:30: Coronations beat Thistles by 59 runs

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