SA u19 Women face Sri Lanka in crucial clash
NWU Oval, Potchefstroom, 24th January 2023
WP’s Kayla Reyneke and Jemma Botha once again played leading roles in the SA u19 Women’s defeat of Bangladesh on Saturday 21st January. This victory has set up a huge match against Sri Lanka at the NWU Oval in Potchefstroom today.
SA still have a slim mathematical chance of reaching the semi-finals of the inaugural ICC u19 Women’s World Cup. This equation can only be calculated if they win against the Indian Ocean islanders.
Kayla’s tournament-best 4 for 19 and Jemma’s 1 for 27 managed to restrict Bangladesh to a modest 106/6 in their 20 overs. Jemma was asked to bowl 3 overs in the PowerPlay, and came back from a difficult start to get the key wicket of Misty Shana. Speaking at the innings break, Jemma explained: “She (coach Dinesha Devnarain) speaks a lot about the bounce-back ability…that played a large role in how I bowled today, just having that bounce-back ability”.
It was Kayla that ripped the heart out of the Bangladesh batting, claiming the scalps of Afia Prottasha and the Akters; Dilara, Shorna and Marufa. All three of the Akters have been selected in the senior Bangladesh Women’s squad for the upcoming ICC T20 Women’s World Cup.
Chasing was not as easy as it appeared, as Rabeya Khan reduced SA to 33/4, before Player of the Match Madison Landsman and Karabo Meso’s 70-run partnership took them to the brink of victory. It was left to the irrepressible Karabo and captain Oluhle Siyo to take them over the line and set up a shot at the semi-finals.
Sri Lanka Awaits
The NWU Oval will be the place to be in Potchefstroom this afternoon at 13h45. The goal is clear for Oluhle Siyo’s team. Win the game. In doing so, they will end on equal points with Australia and India.
Progression to the semi-finals will then be down to the mathematics of Net Run Rate (NRR). The permutations will be calculated and the decision made as to who goes through to face either England or New Zealand. The chances of South African Cricket’s finest young women reaching this stage are very slim. The nation knows that this will not deter them from giving their utmost best.
WP Cricket wishes Jemma and Kayla well as they represent both the country and their province this afternoon.
SA Women u19 vs Sri Lanka Women u19
NWU Oval, Potchefstroom, North-West
Tuesday 24th January, 13h45
Match will be live on SuperSport