Former assistant coach temporarily takes over reins at Protea women

Henry

Dillon du Preez, assistant coach of the Protea women’s cricket team, will temporarily take over the reins at Hilton Moreeng.

Cricket South Africa (KSA) recently announced Moreeng’s retirement.

Moreeng was involved with the national team for more than 11 years and was at the helm of affairs in 279 matches in all three formats.

Under his leadership, the Protea women achieved considerable success, winning 84 out of 149 ODIs, with a winning percentage of 56%. In T20 matches, the team has achieved 60 wins from 127 encounters, with one draw and two defeats in Test cricket.

The 46-year-old coach led the South Africans to near-glory when he became the first national coach to reach a World Cup final. This achievement was preceded by two semi-finals in 2014 and 2020.

In 50-over World Cup tournaments, Moreeng’s players played in two semi-finals at the Women’s Cricket World Cup in 2017 and 2022, losing to England on both occasions.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to KSA and the management who entrusted me with the incredible opportunity to coach the Protea women’s national team. It was an honor and a privilege to lead such a talented group of athletes over the years,” said Moreeng.

He also said that coaching at the international level has been an extraordinary journey filled with countless memorable moments and achievements.

“These experiences will forever hold a special place in my heart. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all the players and the team management who were instrumental in this journey. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with each of you. I also want to thank the South African fans and the media for their unwavering support throughout this journey.”

Moreeng also singled out his family and friends who assisted him.

“Your love and support has been my rock.

“As I step away from this role, I would like to wish the team and everyone involved the best of luck in the future. The future undoubtedly holds great success and prosperity for everyone,” he concluded.

In other changes to the Protea women’s coaching staff, physiotherapist Molebatsi Theletsane will also vacate his position, with Neline Hoffman Kellerman joining the squad.

The Warriors’ assistant coach, Baakier Abrahams, has also been officially appointed as the batting coach, while the Lions’ Bongani Ndaba will fulfill the role of fielding coach.

Enoch Nkwe, director of KSA, thanked Hilton for his contribution to women’s cricket in South Africa.

“His career is marked by numerous historic moments. We convey our deep appreciation for his unwavering commitment and exemplary leadership, recognizing his instrumental role in shaping the professionalization of women’s cricket in the country.”

Nkwe has full confidence in Du Preez with the upcoming international assignments the team is undertaking.

“We have full confidence in Dillon’s abilities to continue the momentum and maintain the standards set for the team.

“The process to recruit a new coach is already underway. Our intention is to find the best candidate to take the Protea women to greater heights.”