SA women's cricket bounce back to reach tri-series final

Proteas' captain Mignon du Preez. (Gallo)

Proteas' captain Mignon du Preez. (Gallo)

The SA women's cricket team beat Ireland by eight wickets in the Qatar International Championship tri-series.

The Proteas women recovered well from their four-wicket loss to Pakistan to beat Ireland by eight wickets, in the Qatar International Women's Cricket Championship triangular series in Doha on Tuesday.

"We learned a lot from our game against Pakistan," said captain Mignon du Preez.

"The bowlers did extremely well playing on a different track. Keeping them under 55 was excellent work by them."

The revitalised team skittled Ireland out for just 53 runs with Dané van Niekerk producing a Player of the Match award-winning spell of 3/8 in 5.3 overs.

Shabim Ismail, Chloe Tryon and Marizanne Kapp provided good support, taking 2/5, 2/10 and 2/16 respectively. Openers Lizelle Lee and Trisha Chetty got the side off to a good start in the chase.

They put on a 43-run partnership before Lee was run out for 15 at the end of the 12th over.

Chetty followed an over later when she was removed by Isobel Joyce for 24.

Du Preez and Kapp made quick work of the remainder of the chase and won the match with 217 balls to spare.

"We still have a bit of work to do when it comes to chasing the score," the skipper said. "We unfortunately lost a couple of wickets but that is still something that can be addressed before we play Pakistan again."

South Africa qualified for the final against Pakistan which takes place on Friday, after their last league match against the same side on Wednesday. – Sapa

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