Women’s World Cup: Sune Luus calls Marizanne Kapp an inspiration for young players

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Women's World Cup: Sune Luus calls Marizanne Kapp an inspiration for young players
Women's World Cup: Sune Luus calls Marizanne Kapp an inspiration for young players

Women’s World Cup: Sune Luus calls Marizanne Kapp an inspiration for young players

Women’s World Cup: Sune Luus praised Marizanne Kapp, whose five-wicket haul helped South Africa overcome England by three wickets in the ongoing ICC Women’s 50-over World Cup here at the Bay Oval on Monday.

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 attack.

“We do our best when we put the opposition under pressure (bowling first). Happy that it worked out tonight. Oh, world class (Kapp). She’s an inspiration for young girls and boys out there. Lizelle hasn’t played much cricket in the past few months. Don’t want to put pressure on her,” said Sune Luus after the game.

“Glad everyone chipped in. Regardless what happens in this tournament, we’ve made history today. Nothing can change that,” she added.

Women's World Cup: Sune Luus calls Marizanne Kapp an inspiration for young players
Sune Luus calls Marizanne Kapp an inspiration for young players

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.