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Wolvaardt, Luus’ Fifties Power South Africa to Thrilling Win Over New Zealand

Wolvaardt, Luus’ Fifties Power South Africa to Thrilling Win Over New Zealand

South Africa edged out hosts New Zealand by two wickets in an exciting league stage match to proceed their unbeaten run within the ICC Women’s World Cup right here on Thursday.

Seamers Ayabonga Khaka (3/31), Shabnim Ismail (3/27) and Marizanne Kapp (2/44) led the way in which with the ball because the Proteas bowled out New Zealand for 228 regardless of skipper Sophie Devine’s 93 at Seddon Park.

Laura Wolvaardt (67) and skipper Sune Luus (51) then hit well timed half centuries earlier than Kapp (34 not out) ensured South Africa crossed the road for his or her fourth win of the match.

South Africa thus consolidated their second spot on the factors desk whereas New Zealand, who’ve simply two wins from 5 outings, continued to stay fourth and might want to win their remaining two fixtures to remain within the combine for a semifinal spot.

Chasing 229, openers Lizelle Lee (17) and Wolvaardt began positively for South Africa. But a little bit of hesitation in working between the wickets price the previous her wicket.

Wolvaardt, nevertheless, remained unperturbed and saved discovering the boundaries. She was fortunate on a few events with a dropped catch and virtually dragging on to her personal stumps however together with Luus, saved the chase on observe.

Amelia Kerr (3/50) trapped Wolvaardt leg earlier than to place an finish to the 88-run partnership between the opener and Luus within the thirty sixth over earlier than dismissing Mignon du Preez (1) in her subsequent over.

When Luus was caught by Katey Martin within the forty first over it appeared that the Proteas had been shedding momentum as New Zealand continued to say wickets. But Kapp held on to 1 finish, smashing boundaries when required.

Earlier, Devine hit 12 boundaries and one six in her 101-ball innings as her partnership of 81 with Amelia Kerr (42) and 80 with Maddy Green (30) fashioned the spine of the New Zealand innings.

But when Devine was bowled by Khaka within the forty first over the hosts suffered a late collapse. New Zealand misplaced their last six wickets for simply 30 runs to be all out within the forty eighth over.

Devine and Kerr regarded stable and placed on 81 for the second wicket, till Luus (1/48) intervened with the large wicket of Kerr.

Luus had the New Zealand quantity three trapped leg earlier than and skilled batter Amy Satterthwaite (1) fell within the subsequent over to Khaka because the Proteas shortly gained the higher hand.

Devine then fell to a stunning Khaka yorker and the rot then fell in as South Africa cleaned up the New Zealand tail to make sure their victory goal wouldn’t be too excessive.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand 238 all out in 47.5 overs (Sophie Devine 93, Amelia Kerr 42; Shabnim Ismail 3/27, Aybonga Khaka 3/31)

South Africa 229 for 8 in 49.3 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 67, Sune Luus 51; Amelia Kerr 3/50).

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