Women’s World Cup: Marizanne Kapp shines as South Africa defeat England
With a maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs, Kapp was the star with the ball for South Africa. In the absence of Shabnim Ismail, who was forced to leave the pitch after just bowling five overs, she led the bowling assault. With the team’s total at 18/1, South Africa’s openers struggled at the outset, losing their first wicket in the fifth over after Lizelle Lee was removed by Anya Shrubsole. With a 56-run partnership for the second wicket, Laura Wolvaardt and Tazmin Brits helped to steady the ship. They expertly balanced caution and aggression to avoid losing any more wickets.
Sune Luss came to the crease after losing two wickets and increased her team’s total to 147, but she was removed by Charlotte Dean for 36 runs. Mignon du Preez later joined Wolvaardt in an attempt to anchor the innings.
In the 35th over, England achieved the much-needed breakthrough when Kate Cross dismissed Wolvaardt for 77 runs.
Sophie Ecclestone returns to the attack and gives England another breakthrough by dismissing Mignon du Preez for 8 runs. With four wickets in hand, South Africa needed 31 runs in the final five overs. Anya Shrubsole later dismissed Marizanne Kapp (32). South Africa won in a last-over thriller thanks to Trisha Chetty and Shabnim Ismail, who remained unblemished in the competition.
Tammy Beaumont’s 62-run knock and Amy Jones’ 53-run knock earlier in the match helped England reach a modest 235-run total.
England 235/9(Tammy Beaumont 62, Amy Jones 53; Marizanne Kapp 5-45)
South Africa 236/7 (Laura Wolvaardt 77, Sune Luss 36; Anya Shrubsole 2-34)