Last Women's cricket - S.Africa v Oz and Glammy later
By Grockle et al
July 15 2017

Not the SWALEC

The last women's international before we get our home back from the ICC 'you can't come in without a ticket/credentials' crew.  Not a lot to play for in terms of qualifying (and not facing Australia in the next round).  The Saffers have never beaten the Aussie women though so there's that.  Later we rock up to the 'Big Empty' that is the SWALEC for a Blast match without Corey Anderson (not playing at Uxbridge either) but where Tom Banton may make his first appearance.

An overcast Saturday morning in Taunton welcomes the farewell match of the Women's World Cup to a sparsish crowd of kids and the usual member suspects as two confirmed semi finalists finish off their league obligations.  South Africa would just like to win for the first time against the Antipodeans and the Aussies just want to finish on top.  The only game with anything in it is the NZ v India match at Derby.  Hope the weather is better there.

Here the game starts with the Australian openers Beth Mooney and Nicole Bolton facing tight bowling from Ismail (Pavilion) and Kapp (River) which has the batters at 2/0 after two with a swipe that could have given Kapp a wicket with her 4th ball from Bolton .  That is then pretty much it for 20 overs.  The South African bowlers make no real in roads and the Aussies just move forward to 50 in the 14th.  Bolton reaches 50 at 85 and the 100 arrives halfway through the 19th.  Mooney takes her score past 50 at 108 in the 20th.  Everything looks pretty regulation until Mooney is bowled at 114.  Then we have a mini collapse as Haynes is c&b without affecting the score at 117,  then at 154 Bolton cauught by Kapp from the bowling of Luus who then bowls Villani around her legs sweeping on one knee next ball.

Soi the game evens up but in comes Ellyse Perry, a bat of some class, she steadies the ship with a 51 ball 50 with one six and a smattering of fours.  The 200 comes up in the 37th and Perry goes to that half ton a little later in an over where Klass is taken off after her secoond beamer (Perry pulled the first one for 4 from above her head).  It is very nice to see Alex Blackwell playing on a Taunton pitch - been a while since 'Blackie' has been at the wicket.

Perry goes looking to push on caught by Khaka on the mid wicket boundary.  229 for 5.  This becomes 235 for 6 as Blackie tries the same and is caught by Klass.  The 250 comes up but with it goes Ian Healey's daughter (married to Mitchell Starc it seems) Aliyssa, also caught in the deep by Daniels.  Gardener is not there lon either as the Aussies keep trying to put the Saffer bowlers over the boundary and failing.  She gives Sune Luus 5 wickets when she is also caught deep by Daniels at 254 for 8 with 6 overs to go.

It doesn't go to the end though because both the last two Aussie wickets are sacrificed attempting to go over the top and end in early wickets.  South Africa need 270 to win.

The Reply

Laura Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee march out to face the bowling of Schutt and Jonassen and start in a very positive way and despite losing Lee caught by Haynes bowled by Jonassen at 32 they reach 50 off 11 overs.  However the Aussie bowling is tight and questioning and the South African batting finds it very difficult to get away reaching only 85 by the 19th over although Woolvaardt a very solid 50 at the start of the 20th off 61 balls with 7 fours.

It is all going swimingly until Chetty is out for 36 at 98.  The 100 arrives in the next over (23rd) and at the 30th it is still on with wickets in hand and 132 oon the board with the only fly in the ointment the loss of Du Preez.  But from there it all goes pear shaped.  Laura Wolvaart goes for 71 at 148 and from then on the wickets fall for very little and very often.  148 for 4 becomes 162 for 5 then 164 for 6, 164 for 7 and 165 for 8. Klaas offers some resistance but is out at 184 and the questions become can South Africa get over 200 and bat out the remaining overs.

Well the answer to the first is that Daniels and Ismail fight to 200 in the 49th (ismail especially with over 20) and we are into the 50th over with both women determined to keep the Aussies out.  They have also moved the deficit to only 50 runs.  Unfortunately Ismail puts the last ball down mid off's throat and South Africa are all out losing by 50 runs.  What do you do?  Smack the last ball to the boundary and stay not out or drop it at your feet and accept the defeat? 

Ahh well South Africa v England at Bristol on Tuesday then with the Aussies taking on India at Derby on Thursday.