Marizanne Kapp ensured South Africa did not steal defeat from the jaws of victory by edging the Proteas over the line against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Cape Town – Marizanne Kapp ensured South Africa did not steal defeat from the jaws of victory by edging the Proteas over the line against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
The Proteas were cruising to victory when Laura Wolvaardt and Suné Luus were at the crease before a middle order collapse ensured it would be another tense finish.
But Kapp showed she has ice running through her veins for the second game running as she struck an unbeaten 34 before Ayabonga Khaka. sensationally hit the winning single with three balls remaining.
South Africa are now ever so closer to knockout qualification with their fourth successive win to maintain their unbeaten record.
The contest against the hosts New Zealand was a real test of South Africa’s title-winning credentials, especially when they were put under severe pressure with the bat and ball.
New Zealand captain Sophie Devine had struck 91 but her team’s semi-final prospects are now hanging by a thread after their third defeat in five matches.
South Africa’s innings was anchored by Laura Wolvaardt’s 67 and captain Suné Luus’ 61 as they dominated the early part of the Proteas innings.
But their dismissals led to a wobble in the middle order that Kapp had to rectify with a superb innings.
South Africa’s bowling effort earlier was brilliant considering Masabata Klaas had to leave the field early on with a shoulder injury.
It was the second consecutive match South Africa were a bowler short after Shabnim Ismail left the field against England with a toe injury.
It was clear that Ismail’s foot was still hurting as the fast bowler required medical attention a couple of times during the innings, but she was not going to leave her team out in the middle again.
Instead, the Proteas talisman produced a fire-breathing performance full of passion that inspired everyone around her. She finished with figures of 3/27.
It certainly was required with New Zealand piling the early pressure on through Devine and Amelia Kerr (42) as the pair struck 67 runs in just nine overs as part of their 81-run partnership for the second wicket.
But just when New Zealand were looking to pull away South Africa pulled a rabbit out of the hat when skipper Luus trapped Kerr LBW with a full toss.
The other major partnership of 80 between Devine and Maddy Green (30) was also brought to an end through some brilliant fielding from Laura Wolvaardt at cover point.