Capless Proteas struggle in Perth


In Marizanne Kapp’s absence, the Protea women’s cricket team was bowled out for 76 runs in the one-off test against Australia in Perth.

Kapp, who played a cracking stroke in the recent white-ball cricket series against the Aussies, was apparently ok in the run-up to the test and captain Laura Wolvaardt confirmed during the coin toss session that she would not be playing.

Apart from Suné Luus (26 runs) and Masabata Klaas (10 runs), none of the other Protea batsmen could score more than six runs and all the batsmen were already back in the dressing room in the 32nd over.

The 20-year-old Darcie Brown was a thorn in the flesh of the South Africans and she knocked over five wickets.

In response to the visitors’ modest batting effort, the home team pretty much let the bat in hand.

Beth Mooney and Alyssa Healy currently enjoy an unbeaten partnership of 145 runs for the fourth wicket and the Aussies hit their runs at almost five runs per over.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

South Africa 76/10 in 31.2 overs: Suné Luus 26, Darcie Brown 5/21 and Annabel Sutherland 3/19.

Australia 157/3 after 32.5 overs: Beth Mooney 74*, Alyssa Healy 69* and Masabata Klaas 3/8.

  • Teams:

South Africa: Laura Wolvaardt (captain), Anneke Bosch, Suné Luus, Tazmin Brits, Delmi Tucker, Chloe Tryon, Nadine de Klerk, Sinalo Jafta, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Masabata Klaas and Ayanda Hlubi.

Australia: Phoebe Litchfield, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Tahlia McGrath, Alyssa Healy, Annabel Sutherland, Ashleigh Gardner, Sophie Molineux, Kim Garth, Alana King and Darcie Brown.