Aussie women sweep Proteas out of their way

Henry

The Proteas will not want to remember Saturday’s third ODI against the Australian women’s cricket team in Sydney North for too long.

After there were broad smiles on the Proteas’ faces on Wednesday because they beat the Aussies for the first time ever in an ODI match, expectations were high to achieve a historic series victory.

But the smiles soon dried up when the Aussies won the rain-interrupted third clash by 110 runs according to the Duckworth-Lewis formula.

Australia thus concluded the ODI series 2-1.

After Australia scored 277/8 runs at 5.54 runs per over in its 50 overs, South Africa were bowled out for 127 runs in 24.3 overs.

The Proteas’ innings got off to a disastrous start when captain and stalwart Laura Wolvaardt was dismissed for just three runs.

This has so far been one of the Proteas’ biggest gaps on tour, because Wolvaardt and Tasmin Britz could not lay the foundation with a good starting partnership.

Wolvaardt could only score seven runs in three ODIs and the team was under early pressure in almost every game.

Britz with 31 runs (37 balls, 6×4) tried to fight back, but after Anneke Bosch (4) and Marianne Kapp (0) also lost their wickets, the battle was over.

Sune Luus with 34 runs (38 balls, 3×3) and Nadine de Klerk with 20 (24 balls, 2×4) tried to chase the big target before and after the rain break, but the hump was too steep.

After De Klerk, Luus and Chloe Tryon (11) were out, the bat tail was cut off.

Alana King (4/26) and Tahlia McGrath (3/23) were the Aussies’ arrows in the bowling quiver.

Earlier, Alyssa Healy with 60 runs (73 balls, 9×4, 1×6) and Beth Mooney with 82* (91 balls, 9×4) were the anchors in the Aussies’ innings, with Masabata Klaas (4/56) bowled decently.

Although the T20 and ODI series ended disappointingly for the Proteas, they still beat the Aussies for the first time ever in both series.

But the Aussies (6 points) can no longer lose the joint series (2 points for a win in each of the three T20 and three ODI matches).

All that remains is the one-off Test starting next week at the WACA in Perth.