Women’s World Cup: Sune Luus expresses happiness after South Africa seal semi-final spot
Women’s World Cup: After South Africa qualified for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup semi-finals for the second time on Thursday, skipper Sune Luus expressed his excitement, saying, “Everyone is extremely excited to be in the semi-final.”
The Proteas were put in to bat in a match reduced to just 26 overs and had reached 61 for four after 10.5 overs when rain washed out the game against the West Indies in Wellington on Thursday. That result propelled Luus’ squad into the semi-finals, boosting them to nine points and second place in the standings, while putting West Indies’ chances of progressing in jeopardy.
“Everybody’s extremely excited and happy to be in the semis. With the rain today wasn’t ideal sitting around and waiting. Not the best of starts but we still have to take the positives out of today. The way Mignon batted, she has been shy of runs in the competition and she needed that for her confidence,” said Sune Luus in a post-match presentation.
“There’s still a lot of batters who would be happy to get runs, Lizelle Lee at the top and our No.3 spot as well. With our bowling to keep hitting our strides and we pride ourselves on our fielding, so we would like to improve on that,” she said.
Deandra Dottin helped to dismiss in-form opener Laura Wolvaardt on three. And veteran batter Lizelle Lee on nine followed her shortly after as the Proteas were quickly reduced to 14/2.
Skipper Sune Luus and Tazmin Brits quickly followed as South Africa stumbled to 22/4. The duo of Mignon du Preez 38* and Marizanne Kapp 5* steadied South Africa’s innings. Only for the rain to intervene once again and ruin any chance of a result.
“We are pretty pumped to be getting into that final. It has been a dream for us for so long. But we still need to get through the semi-finals, needing to play England or India. It will be a tough game regardless and we need to get through that. We will take it game by game, we would keep with our momentum. And a win on Sunday will help with that,” said Luus.
The wet Wellington forecast cast doubt on Thursday’s game. But the West Indies got off to a flying start after finally stepping to the field in a game reduced to 26 overs.
South Africa reduced to 22 for four by Chinelle Henry’s (three for 19). And Shamilia Connell’s (one for 18) blazing new ball spells before Du Preez led the recovery with a battling 38 not out.
Marizanne Kapp (five not out) briefly joined her at the other end. But the match called off due to persistent rain in Wellington. Ensuring South Africa’s place in the semi-finals.
West Indies are currently in third place. But they are aware that their semi-final fate is out of their control. As they await the results of India and England, who may leapfrog them into the top four. If they win their last matches against South Africa and Bangladesh, respectively.