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Momentum Proteas seek maiden World Cup win

Protea by Marriott Hotel, Stellenbosch, 7th February 2023

The Momentum Proteas were given a rousing send-off on Tuesday as they embark upon their quest to claim their first-ever World Cup Trophy

Inspirational addresses by CSA’s Head of Cricket Pathways Edward Khoza, CSA Chairperson Lawson Naidoo and Banyana Banyana Coach Desiree Ellis were a fitting way to wish the Women’s Squad well, as they look to lift an ICC trophy for the first time.

Star SA and WP batter Laura Wolvaardt was clearly touched by the words of WAFCON-winning coach Ellis. She had this to say: “I think a very inspirational speech, a lot of the girls got goosebumps when Des was talking. To hear about how her team went about that competition (WAFCON) and how they took it game by game was very cool to hear, and I think we will apply a lot of that for our World Cup coming up. The well-wishes from Momentum and CSA, to know they are supporting us, and to realise how big this event is, really put it into perspective, and we are excited for Friday. (opening match against Sri Lanka)”

Newlands Awaits

The Momentum Proteas play only their 6th ever T20I at Newlands Cricket Ground on Friday evening, with a win/loss record of 3/2. Their last encounter was in February 2019, when they emerged victorious over their opening match rivals Sri Lanka. Only 6 of that match-winning team are in this squad.

23 year-old Wolvaardt has never played in an international match for South Africa at Newlands, in a career which already spans just over 7 years and 128 international matches. She will be hoping that this time there will be 4 matches to play on the hallowed turf of this iconic ground, culminating in claiming the ultimate prize for South African cricket, a World Cup Trophy on home soil.

Fixtures

South Africa’s Fixtures – ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2023  

Friday, 10 February – 19h00 SAST 

Group A Match 1 – South Africa vs Sri Lanka (Newlands, Cape Town)

Monday, 13 February – 19h00 (SAST) 

Group A Match 2 – South Africa vs New Zealand (Boland Park, Paarl)

Saturday, 18 February – 19h00 (SAST) 

Group A – Match 3 – South Africa vs Australia (St George’s Park, Gqeberha)

Tuesday, 21 February – 19h00 (SAST)  

Group A Match 4 – South Africa vs Bangladesh (Newlands, Cape Town)

Thursday, 23 February – 15h00 (SAST) 

Semi-Final 1 (Newlands, Cape Town)

Friday, 24 February – 15h00 (SAST)  

Semi-Final 2 (Newlands, Cape Town)

Sunday, 26 February – 15h00 (SAST) 

Final (Newlands, Cape Town)