After a successful campaign in the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, South African women’s captain Dane van Niekerk and the number one ranked ODI Bowler Marizanne Kapp, returned to warm welcome at a press conference held at St. Georges Park, Port Elizabeth on Thursday morning. “We actually haven’t had much time to reflect after the world cup since we’ve returned.”
The lady Proteas enjoyed a good spell in the world cup, hosted in England earlier this month, reaching the semi-finals where they suffered a narrow two wicket loss with two balls remaining against the hosts.
“Going into the world cup, nobody probably thought we’d get even close to the semis. We were the dark horse, they said it at the start, we knew, but we brushed it off,” van Niekerk said.
Both van Niekerk and Kapp were named in the World XI (Eleven) all-star side. However, claiming the title would have been a sweeter reward, according to Kapp, “It’s always nice to be rewarded for your hard work. But look, at the end of the day I would have preferred clinching the world cup.”
Amongst those in attendance were Eastern Province (EP) Cricket President Donavon May who sung praises for local home grown talent, Marizanne Kapp.
“It’s great to see Marizanne back in her home town and too see two EP Cricketers playing on a world stage at an ICC World Cup and the Big Bash stage as well has made us really proud.”
The tournament format saw eight sides participating in a single-league format, with the Lady Proteas kicking their campaign off with a 3 wicket victory over Pakistan. Their following fixture against New Zealand was abandoned without a ball bowled due to bad weather, as they shared the spoils. That was followed by a 10 wicket annihilation of the West Indies, a 68 run loss to England and a 115 run trouncing of India.
The SA Women’s side again made easy work of their opponents, this time Sri-Lanka on the receiving end of an eight Wicket thrashing. The SA Women’s last Pool game saw them succumb to a 59 run defeat at the hands of Australia, however it would prove meaningless as the Lady Protea’s had already booked their semi-final spot.