Proteas women still have room for improvement despite victory

Saturday, September 15, 2018

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Following a mammoth 137-run victory by the South African women over a Barbados Cricket Association Women's Select XI on Thursday, assistant coach Salieg Nackerdien still believes the visitors have room for improvement.

The Proteas scored 222 for four in their rain-affected 33-overs a side contest, with Suné Luus topscoring with 86 runs from 91 deliveries, while other meaningful contributions came from captain Dané van Niekerk who scored 48 off 43 balls and Mignon du Preez who blasted an unbeaten 36 off just 18 balls.

They then restricted the Barbados side to 85 for eight, with Masabata Klaas (2-13) and Zintle Mali, who took two wickets for 18 runs being the main destroyers.

Nackerdien said he was happy with the performance and saw some improvements from his side's last tour of England.

“I'm very, very pleased with the way we went about our batting, the intent that we showed, it's always very important to set the tone up front, especially after we lost Lizelle Lee quickly.

“That is good momentum that we can take into the first ODI. It was also nice to be outdoors and in a game situation after we've been practicing for two days now in the nets,” he said.

However, he said there were still some areas which needed to be fine-tuned ahead of their ODI clash with the West Indies women tomorrow.






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