Van Niekerk achieves Proteas women milestone

2017-02-16 15:04
Dané van Niekerk (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Proteas skipper Dane van Niekerk became the first South African woman to take 100 wickets in one-day international (ODI) cricket.

The Proteas women lost their first match of the Super Six stage of the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier against India in Colombo on Wednesday.

Van Niekerk, 23, took the wicket of India's Mona Meshram to reach the milestone, as she became the seventh woman in ODI cricket to reach a double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets.

"I was aware about it quite a while ago, but kind of forgot about it. Mingz (Mignon du Preez) reminded me of that when I got the wicket," Van Niekerk told the ICC website.

"Things were not going our way, so the last thing I was wondering about is the 100th wicket.

"Every game I play for South Africa is really special for me.

"I am lucky enough to have taken my 100th wicket and lucky to score runs for my country. Hopefully, I can continue to contribute - winning the World Cup is my only aim."

Van Niekerk took over the ODI captaincy from Du Preez in October last year.

India claimed a convincing 49-run victory over the Proteas to ensure them a qualification in the ICC Women's World Cup later this year in the United Kingdom.

The top four sides from the Super Six qualify for the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 and the ICC Women's Championship.

The Proteas will play their next match against Sri Lanka on Friday, February 17 at the P. Sara Oval.

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