Cape Town - A below par
batting performance saw the Proteas women lose the first T20 International
against New Zealand by nine wickets on Sunday at the Bay Oval in Mount
the match with three changes from the last ODI match in the form of captain
Dane van Niekerk, Sune Luus and Marizanne Kapp who all missed out due to minor
injuries the South African women were no match for their far superior opponents.
a positive start like the 50-over contests, the Proteas led by Chloe Tryon
posted a low total of 116/7 despite being 56/1 after the first 10 overs.
comfortably chased the 117-run target set by the Proteas, who had lost the toss
and were tasked to bat first. The only glitch in the largely one-sided contest
for the host was the wicket of Rachel Priest who had to depart for a
well-played 37 off 28 balls stumped by Trisha Chetty off the bowling of Tumi
wicket of Priest, the experienced Suzie Bates walked in to join the destructive
Sophie Devine. The duo with their 42- run partnership quickly wrapped up
proceedings and lead their side to a comfortable victory.
Ferns captain, Devine, who did not fire during the One-Day Internationals was
in a punishing mood from the outset, hitting three boundaries and four sixes in
her player of the match performance.
for their part failed to put up a challenging total, with Laura Wolvaardt the
only player with a descent return of 33 from 35 balls in their 20 overs. Amelia
Kerr and Lea Tahuhu were the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with notable
figures of 2/17 each.
series is of importance for the Proteas Women, as it is another step in their
preparations for the upcoming ICC Women's T20 World Cup taking place in
Australia the next month.
will now head back to Hamilton where the second T20 International will take
place on Thursday at Seddon Park.
Proteas women team:
Lizelle Lee, Laura Wolvaardt,
Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Chloe Tryon, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail,
Masabata Klaas, Ayabonga Khaka, Tumi Sekhukhune, Nonkululeko Mlaba