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Proteas left a few runs out on the park – Tryon 0

Posted on August 17, 2022 by Ken

Vice-captain Chloe Tryon admitted that the Proteas Women left a few runs out on the park when both batting and bowling in their 15-run defeat at the hands of England A in a T20 warm-up match in Cardiff on Monday night.

England A won the toss and batted first, and managed to recover from 23/2 after four overs to post a highly-competitive 155/5 in their 20 overs. Alice Capsey (32 off 19) and Maia Bouchier (49 off 42) added 52 for the second wicket off 36 balls to put the home side back on track. Bouchier and Bess Heath (43 off 36) then finished the innings superbly, adding 79 in 9.2 overs to give England A a total they could be well-pleased with.

Seamers Nadine de Klerk (4-0-20-1) and Tumi Sekhukhune (4-0-26-1) were the most impressive of the South African bowlers.

The Proteas batting took a while to get going and they were 32/3 in the seventh over. Laura Wolvaardt (32 off 34) and Sune Luus (45 off 34) provided some much-needed acceleration, but Tryon was still left with too much to do at the back end, finishing with 21 not out off 18 balls as South Africa closed on 140/6.

“It was disappointing to fall 15 runs short,” Tryon said. “We bowled well in patches, but we could have pulled them back more, we let them get away at the end because we did not bowl well in stages.

“But we should have been able to find those extra runs somewhere, on that pitch we could have scored 20 runs more.” Tryon conceded.

The Proteas batting up front got clogged up like the aorta of a diabetic, obese smoker, and they will be eager to find a way to free themselves up in another warm-up game against England A, this time over 50 overs, in Cheltenham on Thursday.

It is their last chance to get fit and firing ahead of the ODI series against the powerhouse England side that starts in Northampton next Monday.

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