Marizanne Kapp powers Proteas to win over England

Marizanne KappFile image: Marizanne Kapp.

All-rounder Marizanne Kapp starred, as South Africa beat England by three wickets in Monday’s Women’s World Cup fixture in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.

Kapp claimed figures of five for 45 in England’s final total of 235 for nine. She was well supported by fellow seamer Masabata Klaas’ two for 23.

This is Kapp’s first five-wicket haul in in international cricket. She had previously gathered five four-wicket hauls.

Kapp also struck 32 in South Africa’s successful response of 236 for seven. Opening batter Laura Wolvaardt and captain Sune Luus had earlier collected 77 and 36, respectively.

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What Kapp said

“I am just so relieved to contribute. It was a big game and we had to deliver, I’m glad we did. I think I just backed myself,” said Kapp, who was named player of the match.

“I remember what day they did to us in that semi-final in 2017 and we’ve been working on a few things. Luckily, it came off. What’s been brilliant is we still haven’t played our best cricket in terms of our batting.”

The victory, with four deliveries to spare, ensured the Proteas Women remained unbeaten in the tournament.

They had previously beaten Pakistan and Bangladesh – and are currently toward the top of the eight-team standings. Australia are the only other unbeaten team in the competition.

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