Proteas Women senior players had a good run in the 2019 edition of the Kia Super League (KSL) with Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee impressing with the bat whereas Dane van Niekerk was one of the top wicket-takers while Marizanne Kapp was the third most economical bowler of the tournament.
Experienced players putting in good performances in a competitive overseas T20 tournament will definitely be a huge confidence booster for the Proteas Women ahead of their bilateral tour to India in September. The tour will consist of five T20 Internationals and three One-Day Internationals between 16 September and 15 October 2019.
Mignon du Preez
For a player not particularly known for big hitting but elegant stroke making, du Preez was in fantastic form for Loughborough Lightning scoring 267 runs in 11 matches at an average of 44.50 and an impressive strike rate of 147.51.
The former Proteas Women captain has been working hard to improve her power hitting game and finishing off games. du Preez hit 12 sixes which was the third highest number of maximum in the 2019 KSL. Some of her best knocks in the 2019 KSL: 70*of 41 balls vs Surrey Stars, an unbeaten 22-ball 38 against Yorkshire Diamonds. A quick-fire 48*of 25 against Surrey Stars and 21 of 11 in the semifinals against Southern Vipers.
Most Sixes in #KSL2019!
Danielle Wyatt: 18
Rachel Priest: 15
Mignon Du Preez: 12 pic.twitter.com/6RKYQBziAm
— Female Cricket (@imfemalecricket) September 1, 2019
The hard-hitting Lizelle Lee was at her brutal best sending bowlers to the cleaners. The Surrey Stars opener hit the fastest ever KSL half-century, reaching her fifty in just 17 balls against Lancashire Thunder. In 9 matches, Lee scored 213 runs at a strike rate of 148.95 including two half-centuries ( a blistering 75 from 29 balls and 66 of 45 against Thunders.
Lee was involved in two century partnerships, a 127-run first wicket partnership with Natalie Sciver, the second highest stand in the 2019 edition of KSL and also combined with Sarah Taylor for a 100-run partnership.
All good things come to an end! 😥 Although this wasn't the season we wanted it to be, I couldn't be more grateful for a team like this. Thanks for al the memories Stars 🌟 and thank you @surreycricket for having me this past 3 years! pic.twitter.com/LKnDKe3BCn
— Lizelle Lee (@zella15j) August 29, 2019
Dane van Niekerk
The 2018/19 South African Women’s Cricketer of the Year, who was out of action for nearly six months due to a stress fracture of the right femur had a decent KSL with the ball for Surrey Stars, taking 12 wickets in 8 matches at an average of 17.58, economy rate of 6.96 with a best of 3/20 against Thunders. The Proteas Women captain ended fifth on the top wicket-takers’ chart in the 2019 KSL.
By her standards, van Niekerk had a disappointing campaign with the bat as the all-rounder could only manage to score 97 runs at an average of 13.86 and strike rate of 82.20 with a high score of 32 (37) against Yorkshire Diamonds.
WICKET: Hat-trick for Dane van Niekerk! Kelly is bowled first-ball and our leg-spinner celebrates!
Vipers are 174/5 in the final over. pic.twitter.com/I0dGWPdZit
— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) August 18, 2019
Marizanne Kapp might have only taken 4 wickets in 9 matches but she kept things tight and batters in check for Surrey Stars. Kapp was the third most economical bowler of the tournament with an impressive economy rate of 5.34.
The all-rounder didn’t have much joy with the bat, scoring 101 runs at an average of 16.83 and strike rate of 92.66 with a high score of a run-a- ball 39*against the Diamonds. According to Hypocaust, Kapp finished her KSL career with an economy rate of 5.38, the best of any player to have delivered 20+ overs in the competition.
Sune Luus opening the batting for Thunders scored 156 runs at an average of 15.60 and strike rate of 95.70 in 10 matches. Luus most notable innings was her 62 of 48 which included 3 fours and 4 sixes against the Western Storms.