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2016-01-28 06:00
 Photo: supplied Players from the KZN ladies cricket team and the Tongaat Invitational XI which faced off at the Outspan Grounds recently.

Photo: supplied Players from the KZN ladies cricket team and the Tongaat Invitational XI which faced off at the Outspan Grounds recently.

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A HOT and humid morning set the tone for a historic day as the KZN ladies cricket team took on the Tongaat Men’s Invitational XI at the Tongaat Outspan Ground.

The ground was filled with almost 200 spectators as Tongaat won the toss and Captain Rishen Madhoe elected to bat on the typically slow wicket.

Openers Yushveer Mungal and Theoshan Naidoo walked out to face the KZN Ladies opening bowlers Kay-Leigh Tapp and Dheyanka Naidoo.

After a solid opening partnership of 30, Naidoo produced a great yorker to get under the bat of Mungal who was bowled for 18.

The match turned dramatically with the introduction of the Proteas ladies all-rounder Chloe Tryon.

Her left arm pace proved destructive as she had Theoshan Naidoo bowled for 5, Ebrahim Nabi bowled for 8 and hard hitting captain Madhoe caught for 6.

The enigmatic 21-year-old Tryon finished with figures of 4-1-10-3 and was in the mix of things again as she leapt into the air to dismiss Joelin Naidu with a spectacular catch off the off-spinner Nondumiso Shangase.

Kavil Madhoe was aggressive in his knock of 18, however the introduction of Asheta Mahabeer saw him caught at gully by Keerthi Ramgathi.

This left Tongaat reeling at 75/6. It was left to Prejlin Govender and Mohammed Faraad Shaik to resurrect the innings.

The 44 run partnership came to an abrupt end when the inspired skipper Tapp re-introduced herself.

A cameo 13 runs from Anthony Pillay was ended with a misjudged second run.

Tapp ended with 5.3-0-19-3 and had Shaik caught at mid-wicket, Sidhen Naicker bowled and Tommy Govender caught behind in the space of 3 balls to bring the innings to an end on a competitive 149.

The KZN ladies produced a marvelous fielding display accompanied with good bowling which left team manageress Romy Naidoo in high spirits.

The chase by the KZN Ladies got underway with Protea batswoman Nadine Avril Moodley and SA u19 cap Jo Ann Van Der Veen.

Moodley looked in fine form as her textbook cover drive drew loud acclaim by the jubilant crowd.

The 18 run opening stand was ended when Van Der Ween had her bails disturbed by skipper Madhoe.

This led to the dangerous Tryon striding in at 3.

The partnership between the Proteas ladies pair was seen as pivotal in the chase. Naicker produced a full ball to have Moodley bowled for 16 runs.

The left handed skipper Tapp was dismissed without scoring when she was foxed by an off cutter from Theoshan Naidoo, putting the ladies on the back foot and it was left upon Chloe Tryon to try and see her team home.

The Protea was superb as she displayed a wide array of attacking strokes drawing cheers from all ends of the Outspan ground. She was the top scorer in the match with 36, but when she was caught off the bowling of the off spinner Ebrahim Nabi, the game looked in Tongaat’s favour.

Nabi’s spell of 6-0-22-4 proved vital in Tongaat gaining and driving home their advantage.

Mahabeer batted well with the lower order but the loss of wickets saw the KZN Ladies end on 111 all out.

Tongaat Cricket Union (TCU) delegate and match co-ordinator Brandon Naidoo was pleased with the success of the day.

“These young ladies leave Tongaat with more than a medal and trophy. They leave with the respect and admiration of their male counterparts,” said Naidoo.

Naidoo said while the match provided much practice for the KZN ladies team, it also served as a stepping stone towards developing women’s cricket in Tongaat.

“It is our hope as TCU, that girls and ladies come forward and join the cricket structures so in the near future we can have our own local [ladies] in the KZN ranks,” said Naidoo

Anyone interested in playing cricket are encouraged to contact Brandon.naidoo@liblink.co.za.

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