Badgers women surprise WP

Garden Route Badgers star player, Micaela Andrews. Photo supplied

AN OUTSTANDING batting display by Garden Route Badger all-rounder, Oudtshoorn local Micaela Andrews, stunned the unbeaten Western Province, log leaders in the CSA Twenty20 Women Top 6 competition, at the Six Gun Grill Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn on Sunday!

Andrews blasted an unbeaten 58 (37 balls, 10×4) to take the Badgers over the line after 15.5 overs to secure an emphatic 7 wicket bonus point victory. She, together with Yolandi Saayman (23*; 31 balls, 4×4) produced a match winning unbeaten partnership of 75 runs from 59 balls for the 4th wicket. Saayman however deserves credit for a matured performance with the bat.

The Western Province women, who won the toss and opted to bat scored 118/3 in their allotted 20 overs after the local bowlers ended with tight bowling supported by two direct-hit runouts to restrict WP to a modest total.

Although the Badgers batting hero, Tazmin Brits (7), was dismissed early Mieke de Ridder added 18 (from only 16 balls) before Andrews and Saayman took control.

In the Limited over match that was played on Saturday Western Province extended their lead at the top of the log after winning the match anticipated clash against the Garden Route Badgers on Saturday in the  Cricket South Africa (CSA) One-Day Cup.

Western Province turned to their bowlers as they completed a dominant 65-run victory in the Western Cape derby against the Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers, winning their fifth 50-over match out of six, to reinforce their place at the top of the table.

The matchup of the weekend took place at the Six Gun Grill Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn as two in-form sides collided. After winning the toss, Western Province elected to bat first before they were restricted to 185 all out as the Garden Route Badgers captain Haroline Rhodes (4/38) led from the front with ball in hand while Saarah Smith top-scored with an 81-ball 43.

In reply, the Badgers also found it tough to settle at the crease as the seam attack of Nosipho Vezi (3/22) and Proteas Women all-rounder Nadine de Klerk (3/36) ripped through the home side’s batting order. Despite Micaéla Andrew’s (35) best attempts with the bat, Western Province dismissed the Badgers for 120 within 35.3 overs to win by 65 runs.

Limited Over match
WESTERN PROVINCE 185 all out – 46.3 overs (Andrie Steyn 28, Saarah Smith 43, Delmi Tucker 35, Miceala Andrews 2/36, Haroline Rhodes 4/38, Marnazelle Rabie 2/25) GARDEN ROUTE BADGERS 120 all out – 36.3 overs (Miceala Andrews 35, Jané Winster 26*, Nadine de Klerk 3/36, Delmi Tucker 2/17, Nosipho Vezi 3/22) Western Province won by 65 runs.

Twenty 20 match
WESTERN PROVINCE 118/3 all out – 20 overs (Andrie Steyn 66, Lara Goodall 25, Nadine de Klerk 20*) GARDEN ROUTE BADGERS 121/3 – 15.5 overs (Miceala Andrews 58*, Julandi Saayman 23*, Mieke de Ridder 18) Garden Route Badgers won by 7 wickets.