Proteas geared up for historic final women’s ODI

Chloe Tryon (Gallo Images)
Chloe Tryon (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Proteas women's vice-captain Chloe Tryon believes her side has what it takes to pull off their first-ever series win in the Caribbean when they meet West Indies for the third and final ICC Women's Championship (IWC) match in Barbados on Saturday.

The series is poised with South Africa 1-0 up after the second encounter was washed out on Wednesday.

A win for the visitors will add vital points to their IWC log tally as they continue to work towards direct qualification for the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.

Tryon said South Africa have looked the stronger of the two teams in the series so far, but it would be a mistake to go into the last match expecting the hosts not to come out guns blazing as they look to level up.

"The mood in the team is very good," she said. "We did top up sessions today and everyone's in a really good space. We worked on a few things especially towards the back-end of an innings and how to close it off better and score a few more runs in the end.

"We felt that we put in a really good innings in the last game and it was unfortunate that we didn't get to finish the match, but we have another opportunity tomorrow to put in an even better performance and to correct some of the mistakes we made on Wednesday and just finish really big."

The final match will be the first Day/Night affair in the series.

The Proteas are travelling with four new caps in their squad, but Tryon is confident that everyone is ready to step up should they get the nod for the all-important encounter.

"Most of the girls have played under lights," she explained. "And nearly all of us have caught balls under lights as well, so for them it’s just a matter of getting used to light again and being aware of the conditions and the way the ball will be affected especially at night when it skids on and gets dewy. All in all yes, I'm happy with preparation so far and the way we've looked in the nets."

While the team has improved immensely on this tour from their previous outing in England this past June, the vice-captain admits that there is always room for improvement and hopes that Saturday's match will see the team's effort raised to even higher levels.

"It’s all about just doing the basics right," she continued.

"We've let ourselves down and given away soft wickets from time to time. I feel like the skills are all there, it's just the basics that fall away sometimes when we focus too much on certain other things. Everyone knows what needs to happen tomorrow and we’re really excited to finish strong. We have a really good side, I still think we have the best bowling attack in the world and yes, the West Indies are a very talented side who will want to come out firing tomorrow but I know that we have what it takes to take this series."

The match will be steamed live at from 20:00 (SAST).

Proteas squad to West Indies: 

Dané van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province), Chloe Tryon (vice-captain, KwaZulu-Natal Coastal), Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province), Lizelle Lee (North West), Suné Luus (Northerns), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Raisibe Ntozakhe (Gauteng), Masabata Klaas (North West), Zintle Mali (Border), Faye Tunnicliffe (Boland), Robyn Searle (Gauteng), Tumi Sekhukhune (Easterns), Saarah Smith (Western Province)

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