Loubser, van Niekerk star in South Africa's title triumph
Tue, Dec 21, 2010 8:34 PM
Sunette Loubser spun South Africa to title triumph
South Africa beat Zimbabwe in the final of the Africa ICC Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament on Sunday by a comprehensive 281 runs at Nairobi to win the title. Uganda finished third in the tournament beating hosts Kenya by 12 runs in a play-off match.
Opting to bat first, South Africa made a massive 314 for four in its 50 overs. Openers Shandre Fritz (82: 79b, 11x4) and leg-spinning all-rounder Dane van Niekerk (132: 145b, 8x4) shared an impressive opening stand of 155. Skipper Cri-Zelda Brits (35) and Mignon du Preez (38) made vital contributions.
Zimbabwe's chase never really took off as it was bowled out for a paltry 33 in 20 overs. Off-spinner Sunette Loubser picked up 5-7 in her seven overs to script a famous win for South Africa.
On the other hand, Uganda wicket-keeper Christine Aryemo top-scored with 30 in her team total of 93 in 42.3 overs. For the home team medium-pacer Belinda Maska (3-17) was the best bowler on view.
Kenya was comfortably placed at 41 for two but suffered a middle-order collapse as it was bowled out for 81 in 48.5 overs. Justine Musubika (3-28) and Carol Namugenyi (3-17) struck at regular intervals to earn a superb win for Uganda.