- South Africa national women's cricket team
The South African women's cricket team is the team that represents the country of
South Africain international women's cricketmatches.
Prior to South Africa's exclusion from international cricket (see
Gleneagles Agreement), South Africa played host to two touring sides. There was a four match test series against England in 1960/61, which England won 1-0, with three games drawn. South Africa did not return to the international arena until 1972when New Zealand toured for a three match test series. New Zealand won the series 1-0, in what was to be the last official international cricket for a South African side for more than 20 years. It was also the last Test match for the South African women until 2002.
Thirty five years after their home series against New Zealand, South Africa returned to international women's cricket with a tour of Ireland and England in
1997. They beat Ireland 3-0 in that ODI series, but lost 2-1 to England in the ODI series against them. That one win though was their first in international cricket. Later that year, they competed in their first World Cup in India, reaching the quarter finals. 1999saw a tour of Australia and New Zealand, which went without any success.
2000saw a return trip to England, this time losing 3-2. An improvement in form was forthcoming in that year's World Cup, as they reached the semi finals, losing to Australia. In 2002, South Africa made their return to Test cricket, losing to India. They also played two Test matches on a tour to England the following year.
2005, South Africa hosted the Women's World Cup, two years after they hosted the men's event. It was not a successful tournament for the hosts, and they finished in seventh place, meaning that they will have to qualify for the 2009 World Cup in Australia
*1973 to 1993: Did not participate
*1997: Quarter Finals
*2000: Semi Finals
*2005: 7th place
Cricket in 2007
South Africa will travel to
Pakistanin January for a five match ODI series. In July, they be touring the Netherlands, where they will take part in that countries first ever Test match, in addition to three ODIs. At a currently unknown date, they will play in the Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifierin Ireland, where they will play the hosts as well as Bermuda, The Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and an African qualifier.
*Highest team total: 316 v England,
7 August 2003at Denis Compton Oval, Shenley, England
*Highest individual innings: 105 not out,
Yvonne van Mentzv England, 13 January 1961at Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa
*Best innings bowling: 6/39,
Jean McNaughtonv England, 31 December 1960at Kingsmead, Durban, South Africa
*Best match bowling: 7/76,
Lorna Wardv New Zealand, 24 March 1972at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
*Highest team total: 258/7 v Pakistan,
16 December 1997at Baroda, India
*Highest individual innings: 101 not out,
Linda Olivierv Ireland, 16 December 2000at Christchurch, New Zealand
*Best innings bowling: 4/4,
Cindy Eksteenv Ireland, 5 August 1997at Belfast
* South African men's cricket team
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