Exciting clash between the Badgers and Dolphins

Tazmin Brits scored 63 runs for the Badgers against the Dolphins. Photo: Supplied

Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers secured a five-wicket victory in a thrilling encounter against Hollywoodbets Dolphins as the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Professional Women’s Domestic League live double header action continued in Durban on Sunday.

In a nail-biting finish, with 6 runs needed off the final 6 deliveries, Micaèla Andrews steered her team to victory, with her runs in between wickets timed just right to ensure the visitors were victorious with just one ball to spare.

Earlier, Dolphins had opted to bat first, posting 45/9 after a delayed start that saw the game reduced to 14 overs.

Tabitha la Grange spearheaded the bowling attack, returning 3/5 in three overs, and well supported by Annerie Dercksen’s 2/6.

Despite a spirited effort from the hosts, including a stellar perfor- mance from Proteas Women spinner Nonkululeko Mlaba, who dismissed her national teammate Tazmin Brits early on, and ended with figures of 2/7 in three overs, the Badgers managed to chase down the target in an intense finish.

In the CSA 1-Day Cup clash on Saturday, the hosts posted a competitive total of 221/8 in their allotted 50 overs, thanks to a collective batting effort.

However, Mlaba’s impressive four-wicket haul restricted the visitors to 144 all out.
Despite Brits’ valiant half-century (63 off 59), she succumbed to the bowling prowess of Nosihle Ngubane (2/32 in 10 overs), leading to a commanding 77-run victory for the Dolphins.

The summarised score cards are:
One Day match
Dolphins 221/8 – 50 overs (Luyanda Nzuza 32, Courtney Gounden 31, Asamkele Kawu 31, Kiara Fisher 26, Zintle Mali 24, Tiche Frans 3/39).

Garden Route Badgers 144 all out – 37 overs (Tazmin Brits 63, Tabitha La Grange 21, Nonkululeko 4/31, Nosihle Ngubane 2/32) Dolphins won by 77 runs. T20 match Dolphins 45/9 (14 overs) (Tabitha la Grange 3/5, Annerie Dercksen 2/6). Garden Route Badgers 49/5 – 13,5 overs (Harolene Rhodes 12, Miceala Andrews 8, Nonkululeko Mlaba 2/7) Garden Route Badgers won by 5 wickets.