West Coast got off to a good start in the summer edition of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Women’s Super Fours competition when they won both of their fixtures at St Alban’s College in Pretoria on Saturday. The two-day tournament saw the defending champions beat East Coast by 29 runs and Central by 43.
In their match against East Coast, West Coast made 110/7 after they were asked to bat first. Yolandi van der Westhuizen scored a speedy 50 off 38 balls, while Bernadine Bezuidenhout added 27 vital runs to get her side to a competitive score.
In reply, East Coast could not keep up. Yolandi Potgieter and Robin Appels took two wickets each to restrict the flow of runs. Marizanne Kapp top-scored with 28 while the rest of the batters struggled to keep their wickets intact.
In their match against Central, West Coast were once again asked to bat first and posted 151/5, the highest total of the day. This time it was a half-century by Shandré Fritz that helped catapult the team to another challenging score. Alexis le Breton and Yolandi Potgieter also chipped in with 30 and 21 respectively.
Nikita Sole made the only good start in the Central reply, falling eight runs shy of a half-century. Ashlyn Kilowan was the chief destroyer, taking three wickets for 22 in her spell to help her side to victory.
West Coast coach Cobus Roodt was impressed with his side’s performance and the speedy adjustment made to the Highveld conditions.
“We found that the wicket is a bit slower than what we’re used to but I’m happy with the way we adjusted, especially in the second game,” he said. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s game. Hopefully we can end the weekend on high with no loss recorded.”
In other matches, Central suffered a five-wicket loss to Highveld, while East Coast redeemed themselves after their morning loss against West Coast by holding their nerve to beat Highveld by a narrow four runs.
The last round of matches will be played on Sunday morning with Central playing East Coast and West Coast looking to make a clean sweep when they play Highveld. The matches will once again take place at St Alban’s College and live scoring will be provided via www.webcricket.co.za.