Cape Town - The Proteas have beaten Sri Lanka by a
comprehensive nine wickets to qualify for the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup to be
held in the United Kingdom in June and July this year.
South Africa and India
are the first to qualify and will join Australia, England, New Zealand and West
Indies in women’s cricket’s biggest stage.
Sune Luus and Laura Wolvaardt each hit unbeaten 50s to claim
victory for their side after the bowlers restricted the opposition, who elected
to bat first, to 142/9 at P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Friday.
Lizelle Lee’s was the only wicket to fall when she fell to
Eshani Kaushalya for 35 off 29 deliveries in the 28th over. She and
Wolvaardt (50 off 118 balls) had already set up the innings with a 46-run
opening stand. Player of the Match, Luus (50 off 70 balls) then went on to put
on 99 runs with Wolvaardt for a clinical victory.
Earlier, Luus took three wickets for 40 in her 10 overs,
while captain, Dane van Niekerk chipped in with 2/14. Valuable bowling
contributions by Moseline Daniels (1/16 in 6 overs), Ayabonga Khaka (1/22 in 9
overs) and Marizanne Kapp (1/26 in 8 overs) saw them limit the hosts to a
manageable score, laying the foundation for the batters to reach the required
target with 83 balls to spare.
Sri Lanka’s opener, Nipuni Hansika top scored with 48 from
South Africa’s last Super Six match will be against Ireland
at the Colombo Cricket Club on Sunday, 19 February.