Du Preez clinches sensational Proteas World Cup win over England

The Proteas Women beat England in a T20 World Cup match for the first time with Mignon du Preez finishing the contest off in her 100th match.

South Africa looked like they might have bungled their chase when skipper Dane van Niekerk in the 17th over with 34 runs still needed to win.

Proteas make heavy weather of modest chase

Chloe Tryon, the Proteas ‘finisher’, struggled to middle it but she would connect with a lusty blow in the penultimate over before being cleaned up by Sophie Ecclestone.

That left the Proteas needed nine runs to win from the final over with Sune Luus joining Du Preez at the wicket. After two singles to start the over Du Preez connected a six that tied the scores before belting four when England brought the field up.

Earlier the Proteas had bowled brilliantly to restrict England to 123 for 8.

Bowling still the great strength for SA

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Ayabonga Khaka of South Africa celebrates after taking the wicket of Natalie Sciver of England during the ICC Women’s T20 Cricket World Cup match between England and South Africa at the WACA on February 23, 2020 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Ayabonga Khaka was the pick of the bowlers claiming 3/25 while Marizanne Kapp contributed two crucial wickets that helped stop England in their tracks.

Van Niekerk who had won the toss and elected to bowl first did a great job of keeping things tight in the middle overs and picking up wickets along the way.

England had a quick-fire Natalie Sciver 50 to thank for reaching a somewhat respectable score with their innings plagued by the consistent loss of wickets.

The Proteas didn’t quite come out all guns blazing and after losing Lizelle Lee early van Niekerk and Kapp looked to ease South Africa towards the latter stages of the match with wickets in hand.

The pair of van Niekerk (46) and Kapp (38) added 84 for the second wicket but left a lot for the middle order to get done at the death. Kapp was first to go caught and bowled by Sarah Glenn. Van Niekerk fell without adding to the score bringing Tryon and du Preez together to try and slog the Proteas to victory.

Tryon literally swung herself off her feet at one point trying to clear the fence as the run-rate required began to steeple, she eventually got a good connection ensuring that the Proteas had a managable task in the final over.

Du Preez held her nerve after mis-hitting the first delivery of Katherine Brunt’s final over. 

The win leaves the Proteas well-placed in their group which also includes the West Indies, Pakistan and Thailand.

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