All-rounder Sune Luus was the star of the show as the Proteas Women completed a 3-0 ODI series whitewash over cricketing powerhouse New Zealand on Thursday.
In the third and final match of the series at Seddon Park in Hamilton, South Africa restricted the hosts to 149 before chasing the target down with 12 overs to spare to complete a six-wicket victory.
This was largely thanks to Luus’ impressive bowling display, as she picked up six wickets for 45 runs in her ten overs.
It was seamers Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp who made early inroads, grabbing a wicket apiece to leave the White Ferns reeling early on at 14-2.
Luus, along with captain Dane van Niekerk, the two leg-spinners were the only South African bowlers to complete their ten-over quota, taking seven wickets between them as the New Zealand innings lasted just a little over 38 overs.
The skipper was pleased with how the team continued their dominance in the dead-rubber, despite having completed a series victory.
“I was really happy with how the girls handled the pressure in today’s match and how we went about our job with a sense of confidence. We started really well in the field,” she said.
“Kappie (Marizanne Kapp) and Shabnim (Ismail) managed to put pressure on and didn’t concede a lot. “The six-fer from Sune (Luus) was the key and really proud of her– that’s initially what started it off and created a big buzz in the field and eventually giving us the series win. It is a great feeling to come out with a 3-0 win over a very strong New Zealand side.”
Dane van Niekerk