Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday, announced the 12-strong national girls under-19 squad during the closing ceremony of this year’s CSA Girls Under-19 Week in Kimberley.
The squad, captained by Gauteng rising star Savannah Cordes is made up of the best players who took part in the CSA girls’ week over the past five days. The team will take part in a friendly match against the Griqualand West women’s provincial side tomorrow.
Team coach and former SA women’s coach, Noor Rhode is very impressed with the level of talent and skill he has witnessed throughout the week, “I’m very excited to see such a great amount of talent this year, players like Savannah Cordes and Suné Luus make me look forward to the future of the women’s game in South Africa. This year, we saw a lot of young players with lots of exciting talent,” he said.
Rhode, who also sits on the selection panel for the squad, looks forward to their match tomorrow. He said; “It’s all about managing the team and preparing them mentally on how to perform on a big stage. The team have five days of difficult cricket behind them, but I know they are looking forward to playing a team which is currently one of the strongest sides in the women’s provincial league.”
Savannah Cordes is excited to have been selected in the national side and is over the moon at her appointment as captain. The 17-year old from St Peters College in Johannesburg is looking forward to playing in and captaining the squad, “I’m really proud of the way I have played this week. It’s been really tough, especially in the beginning when I got sick, but I managed to dig deep and put out some really satisfying performances,” she said.
The squad announcement was the culmination of a successful week, filled with lots of action and unfortunately for some, injuries. Players who made a name for themselves include Bowler of the Tournament Zintle Mpupha from Border, Northerns’ Suné Luus, Bronwyn Sumption from Limpopo and Delmi Tucker from Northerns. Some teams made a massive improvement from last year, with Kei needing a special mention for their continued growth throughout the week.
Day five ended with Griqua Diamonds (Griquas) finally claiming a victory. They orchestrated a resounding six-wicket defeat over Kei at Pirates. Kei batted first and were skittled out for a meagre 38 with Louriaan van Biljon, the best of the Griqua bowlers taking three wickets for 13 runs, while Geneve Swartz took three for 15. In reply Griquas knocked off the required runs in 6.1 overs, scoring 39, but losing four wickets in the process. The top scorer was ‘The Extras’, who scored 15.
At Kimberley High School, the South Western Districts (SWD) were bundled out for 126 in their match against Northerns. Ezrin van Aswegen made half a century (52) while Thalita Johnson scored 36 to contribute to the total after batting first. Michelle Burt took 4/22, while Merina Vollenhove and Luus took three wickets each. Northerns scored 129 to win the match by nine wickets, chasing down the score in 12 overs. Luus scored an unbeaten 62 as Su-Anne Veer and Khutso Mahlangu added 40* and 20 respectively.
Boland claimed a 10-wicket victory over Mpumalanga who were bowled out for 39 runs with Nicole Le Fleur taking a fifer. Boland made swift work of the chase, getting 41 runs to win the game.
Tanya Cronje scored 106 runs to give KwaZulu-Natal Inland a colossal 190-run victory over North West.
SA Under-19 squad:
Chene Bester (Gauteng), Bernadine Bezuidenhout (SWD), Savannah Cordes, capt (Gauteng), Ashton Heldsinger (Western Province), Nicole Hendricks (Western Province), Stacy Lackay (Boland), Suné Luus (Northerns), Zintle Mpupha (Border), Raisibe Ntozakhe (Gauteng), Anrie Steyn (Northerns), Richa van Eck (Western Province), Maud-Mari Wagner (Boland). Team management: Noor Rhode (coach), Fatima (Assistant coach).
Gauteng vs Western Province
Gauteng 181 all out
Savannah Cordes 61 (Saarah Smith 3/30 and L Wolvaardt 2/13, extras 44)
Western Province 100 all out
Saarah Smith 30, Laura Wolvaardt 25 (Robin Searle 4/27 and Carla Strydom 3/20)
Gauteng won by 81 runs
SWD vs Northerns
SWD 126 all out
E van Aswegen 52, T Johnson 36, (Michelle Burt 4/22, Merina Vollenhoven 3/9 and Sune Luus 3/31) Northerns 129/1
Sune Luus 62*, Su-Anne Veer 40* and Khutso Mahlangu 20
Northerns won by 9 wickets