Cape Town - The Proteas endured a horrendous collapse on their
way to a 12-run defeat to New Zealand in the opening women's One-Day International
(ODI) of their seven-match series in Kimberley on Saturday.
The hosts lost five wickets for no runs - falling from 115/5
to 115 all out - as they slumped to a disappointing opening defeat.
Amy Satterthwaite claimed an outstanding 4/13 in a miserly
nine-over spell, which included four maidens, as the tourists somehow managed
to defend a modest 128 at the Diamond Oval.
Satterthwaite was well supported by Lea Tahuhu (3/41)
and Erin Bermingham (2/17) as the South Africans were shot out in 42.2 overs.
It was a disappointing end to what was a promising first
half of the match, the first of their key contests that will go some way
towards deciding both teams' qualification prospects in the ICC Women's
Championship, or 2017 World Cup qualification prospects. The hosts had won the
toss at the start and their bowlers responded well by bowling the New
Zealanders out in 40.1 overs.
Number three Satterthwaite was the only one of the
top-order batsmen to make a decent contribution thanks to her 19.
Ayabonga Khaka took 3/27 as the Kiwis slipped to 91/8.
Bermingham, though, managed to shepherd the tail with a key
33, as the visitors were all out for 127. Marizanne Kapp (2/13) and Moseline
Daniels (2/29) were also amongst the wickets.
Laura Wolvaardt managed 33 at the top of the order, but no
one managed to stay with her as South Africa slipped to 3/8.
Wolvaardt did manage to stay till 78/4, and even after she
fell, captain and top-scorer Dane van Niekerk (37) took them to the brink
before the late drama.
Match two, will take place on Tuesday, 11 October.