Proteas skipper sets new world record

Dané van Niekerk (Gallo Images)
Dané van Niekerk (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Proteas women skipper Dane van Niekerk set a unique cricket record following her side's convincing win in the ICC Women's World Cup against the West Indies on Sunday.

Van Niekerk, 24, finished with figures of 4/0 in 3.2 overs as the Proteas bundled the Caribbean side out for a paltry 48 in 25.2 overs.

Van Niekerk became the first bowler - male or female - to take four wickets without conceding a single run in limited overs cricket.

"I can't tell you what happened there," Van Niekerk told reporters after their 10-wicket victory.

"I'd be lying if I said I bowled to a plan, all I was saying to myself was 'don't bowl a full-toss' and I think they (West Indies) just missed the balls."

Bowling figures of 3/0 have been achieved twice in women's ODIs - once in women's T20Is and once in men's internationals.

Australian spinner Richie Benaud took 3/0 against India in a Test match in 1959.

Van Niekerk is also the youngest captain to take a four-wicket haul in a Women's World Cup match and it is the best bowling return by a captain in a Women's World Cup.

The Proteas face the hosts, England, on Wednesday, July 5.

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