Hamilton, March 17: Picking her second consecutive player of the match award, South African all-rounder Marizanne Kapp said with a laugh that she’s tired of being in close matches and has to stop now.
In the ICC Cricket Women’s World Cup match against New Zealand at Seddon Park, Kapp led another chase after a mini-collapse, remaining undefeated in the 34th to lead South Africa to a two-wicket victory and keep their clean slate and new account in the tournament.
“These (close) games have to stop now – I’m tired. Again a team effort, not our best because our perfect game is just around the corner. We played a little better against England, to be honest, but we got away with ours today.” Kapp said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Chasing 229, South Africa were sailing at 161/2 in 36 overs with Laura Wolvaardt (67) and Sune Luus (51) still going strong in their 88-run partnership. But the duo and Mignon du Preez went down in quick succession, leaving Kapp at the head of another chase after doing the same against England.
Kapp hit an undefeated 34 off 35 balls, comprising four caps, including back-to-back 47s and kept his cool to rack up more runs, even as he lost partners in Chloe Tryon, Trisha Chetty and Shabnim Ismail.
After scrambling to sweep Frankie Mackay for a four and taking a single midway through the wicket, Ayabonga Khaka took a tight single midway through to complete a sensational chase with three balls to spare. Kapp still feels that the South African hitting department can be good in the tournament.
“Our hitters have been struggling and we want to come out stronger. I’m rooting for them to come out strong. I was nervous (while batting with Luus), I’m not going to lie. They hit brilliantly again today, but you can’t.” Relax and luckily because the game can change quickly, but today we won again.” Kapp signed off by saying that if more players can contribute substantially, South Africa can produce better World Cup performances. “They didn’t bowl too well today, for To be honest, I just need a few more people to pick up the strings and we’ll be fine.”