Proteas heading in right direction at ICC Women's WC

2017-06-29 22:00
Hilton Moreeng (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Proteas head coach, Hilton Moreeng is satisfied that his team is headed in the right direction in the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup in England and Wales.

The national team came out on top in their first tournament fixture, clinching a three-wicket win over an unpredictable Pakistan side, but had their momentum briefly halted by a rain affected match against New Zealand which abandoned without a ball bowled on Tuesday.

While Moreeng found the weather disappointing, he knew it was to be expected given the tournament’s geographical location and believes that his team are still on course and mentally switched on for their next challenge against the West Indies.

He said; “While the Pakistan game was a tough one, we regrouped and took a lot of positives out of it because it was the first match. It’s a bit frustrating now with the rain and we obviously can’t get outdoor facilities, but we’ve been making the best of the indoor facilities and the opportunities that they afford us.

“Right now the key is just to focus on our next game, yesterday’s game is not something that we could control, but nevertheless, a point is what we get and we have to be happy with that and move on to the next game.”

Moreeng acknowledges the volatility of the West Indies team who slumped to a seven-wicket defeat to India today and says preparation for their clash on Sunday has already begun. The team returned to Leicester from Derby today and had an indoor training session at Grace Road with the continuing downpour.

“They play a different brand of cricket,” he continued. “We sat down and analysed their game and we saw that they bring something completely different to what New Zealand would have brought to the table. Our focus is switched fully on to Sunday’s game.

“Today’s practice went well even though it was indoors. We got to work on a lot of specifics. We know we can’t control conditions and things like weather, so we concentrate on what we can and so far, I think the girls are on track.”

The team have a three-day gap before their Windies clash, but the coach is confident that his side will remain focused and mentally switched on.

“The ladies know we’re in a World Cup and we’ve said that we will play every game like it’s a final. They know they have to work for every win and make sure that they execute all the game plans and that requires them to keep their eye on the prize.”

Read more on:    proteas  |  cricket


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk
Breaking News

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Who will win this year's Cricket World Cup?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.