Proteas women soar in latest ODI rankings

Marizanne Kapp (Gallo)
Marizanne Kapp (Gallo)

Cape Town - The Proteas have soared up the ICC Women's ODI rankings following their recently concluded drawn series against the West Indies in the Caribbean.

The Proteas, who are currently ranked sixth in the world one-day rankings, won the first game by 40 runs, the second one ended in a no-result after rain, and the third went to the Windies, who clinched it by 115 runs.

The ICC released their latest rankings on Sunday, which saw a lot of movement between both sides.

Former world No 1 Marizanne Kapp, who picked up 3/14 in the first game and 4/55 in the third, entered the top three among bowlers, a step up from the fourth spot.

In the batting department, Proteas skipper Dane Van Niekerk was in outstanding form with scores hitting 46*, 53 and 77 - making her rise three spots to No 12 with a career-best 601 points.

Sune Luus, who starred in the win in the first ODI with an innings of 58, moved up six spots to No 40.

However, opener Lizelle Lee didn't have too good a time, and slipped four spots to No 6 in the rankings.

That left the ICC Women's Championship table looking interesting, with the top three of New Zealand, Australia and England staying where they were, and the sequence below them reading 4. The Windies, 5. Pakistan, 6. India, 7. South Africa, and 8. Sri Lanka.

All teams bar Australia and Pakistan, who have played six matches each and will meet in Kuala Lumpur next month, have played nine games so far.

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