Marizanne can play cricket, Kap(p)iesj?

Henry

Just get approval to erect a statue for Marizanne Kapp.

The versatile player of the Protea women’s cricket team once again came up with a stellar performance. This time in the second ODI against Australia in Sydney.

She first hit 75 runs with the bat, after which she took out three Aussie batsmen to ensure that South Africa finished the match with 84 runs.

According to Cricinfo, this is the Aussies’ third biggest defeat in ODI cricket and it is the first time since 2017 that they have gone down while chasing a score on their home ground.

Rain meant that the showdown was shortened to 45 overs per innings and Kapp, together with Anneke Bosch, kept the South African batting ship on course.

Then the 34-year-old Kapp took the first three wickets of the Australian innings when she got rid of Alyssa Healy, Beth Mooney and Phoebe Litchfield.

Had it not been for Kim Garth’s unbeaten 42-run innings, the game might have been over earlier.

“This win means a lot to the players and hopefully we can now build on this,” Kapp said as she accepted her player of the match award.

Her participation in the match was in the balance earlier after she received a hard blow to the arm in the previous match.

Fortunately, she was able to pass the fitness test and the rest is – as they say – history.

  • Summary of the scorecard:

South Africa 229/6 in 45 overs: Marizanne Kapp 75, Anneke Bosch 44 and Ashleigh Gardner 2/31.

Australia 149/10 in 29.3 overs (target 234 runs in 45 overs): Kim Garth 42*, Marizanne Kapp 3/12 and Eliz-Mari Marx 2/22.

Outcome: South Africa win by 84 runs.