Former Proteas Women’s captain Mignon du Preez, an elegant stroke maker not known for big hitting scored a quick fire 48* of just 25 balls for Loughborough Lightning in the Kia Super League on Friday.

du Preez’s beautiful knock included three fours and four sixes. “Big hitting isn’t something that I am known for,” said du Preez after hitting the winning runs to seal a 5-wicket victory for Loughborough Lightning.

“Apparently in my One Day International (ODI) career I have only hit three sixes and I have played over 100 games for South Africa so to actually hit them frequently in games shows I have been working on that area of my game and it is improving so to get that finally coming off is quite special.”

Known as a batter who relies on hitting the ball into the gaps by playing smart cricket and running hard, du Preez is lightning’s highest scorer in the KSL with 246 runs, having previously made scores of 70*, 38*, 30 and 18.

The middle order batter has been Lightning match winner, scoring runs consistently and finishing off games.

“I usually struggle with staying to the finish, I usually get in and then get out, so to get those not outs and score runs consistently was one of the big goals for me coming into the tournament,” said du Preez.

du Preez scoring runs at a good rate, playing match winning knocks is good news for the Proteas Women who are currently in camp in Pietermaritzburg as they prepare for their bilateral tour to India in September.

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Tokelo Martin Mokhesi is a journalism graduate. Born and bred in Soweto. Tokelo Martin also known as Teekay is currently studying towards his Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management. Qualified sports journalist and social media manager. A keen sportsman, he plays cricket at Soweto Pioneers Cricket Club and is a former Ultimate Frisbee player for South Africa U24 (The Wild Dogs). On a mission to change lives through the power of sport. Tokelo is also a sport activist, and aspiring business owner/sport academy/agency/club Email: Martinmokhesi7@gmail.com

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