Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed a mixed blend of youth and nationally capped players to form a 13-player SA Emerging Women squad to go up against New Zealand in a once-off, 50-over warm-up clash to be held at Willowmoore Park in Benoni on Thursday, 21 September.
Under the tutelage of SA U19 Women and National Academy head coach Dinesha Devnarain, the Emerging side includes three internationally experienced players: Andrie Steyn, Mieke de Ridder, and Nondumiso Shangase, who were part of the recent Proteas Women’s tour of Pakistan.
Shangase will captain the South African outfit against the touring squad from Aotearoa, with the One-Day clash set to get underway at 10h00 SAST.
Joining the accomplished trio will be the Western Province pair of Leah Jones and Caitlin Wyngaard, along with the Hollywoodbets Dolphins’ Nicole de Klerk and Jané Winster of the Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers.
The remaining spots in the squad will be filled by six future stars from South Africa’s first-ever ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup squad that represented their nation in a home tournament in January 2023. Youngsters Refilwe Moncho, Mainé Smit, and CSA Women’s U19 Player of the Year, Karabo Meso, together with Seshnie Naidu, Ayanda Hlubi, and Jenna Evans.
Commenting on the significance of the warm-up encounter and the make-up of the squad selected, Devnarain said, “It is always good for the Emerging team to get together to play fixtures and what better way to do it than against an international team. We are thrilled about it and we are expecting a lot of learnings to come out of it. It’s also a great opportunity to test our depth in the country.”
“This match is of utmost importance. There is a Proteas Women team and we want to make that pipeline stronger, and the only way we are going to do that is to expose these girls to a high-performance environment as well as play these international teams.
“We want them, not just to compete, but to go into these games to express themselves as cricketers and understand where their skills are internationally and what gaps we are looking to close in their own games. To make sure, that one day when they do make the Proteas team, they have an idea about how to go about their game.”
Devnarain will work with support staff that includes Claire Terblanche (Assistant Coach), Marcia Letsoalo (Team Manager), Stacey Hercules (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Adele van Eck (Video Analyst) and Kristy Devine (Physiotherapist).
SA Emerging Squad (50-over Warm-Up) – South Africa’s Inbound Tour vs New Zealand (2023/24)
Nondumiso Shangase(Captain) (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
Nicole de Klerk(Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
Mieke de Ridder(Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers)
Jenna Evans(DP World Lions)
Ayanda Hlubi(Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
Leah Jones(Western Province)
Karabo Meso(DP World Lions)
Refilwe Moncho(DP World Lions)
Seshnie Naidu(Hollywoodbets Dolphins)
Miané Smit(Recon Tactical Free State)
Andrie Steyn(Western Province)
Jané Winster(Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers)
Caitlin Wyngaard(Western Province)
Fixtures – South Africa Inbound Tour vs New Zealand 2023/24
Thursday, 21 September 2023 @ 10h00 – SA Emerging Women vs New Zealand XI (WIllowmoore Park)
One-Day International Series – ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25:
Sunday, 24 September 2023 @ 10h00 SAST – 1st ODI – South Africa vs New Zealand (JB Marks Oval, Potchefstroom)
Thursday, 28 September 2023 @ 09h30 SAST – 2nd ODI – South Africa vs New Zealand (AET Pietermaritzburg Oval, Pietermaritzburg)
T20 International Series:
Friday, 6 October 2023 @ 18h00 SAST – 1st T20I – South Africa vs New Zealand (Buffalo Park, East London)
Sunday, 8 October 2023 @ 14h00 SAST – 2nd T20I – South Africa vs New Zealand (Buffalo Park, East London)
Tuesday, 10 October 2023 @ 18h00 SAST – 3rd T20I – South Africa vs New Zealand (Buffalo Park, East London)
Saturday, 14 October 2023 @ 14h00 SAST – 4th T20I – South Africa vs New Zealand (Willowmoore Park, Benoni)
Sunday, 15 October 2023 @ 14h00 SAST – 5th T20I – South Africa vs New Zealand (Willowmoore Park, Benoni)
Photo 1 Caption: All-rounder Nondumiso Shangase pictured in a training session with the Proteas Women on their recent outbound tour in Pakistan. Photo credit: Nondumiso Shangase (Instagram)
With editing by gsport