The South Africa women’s cricket side arrived in Harare this afternoon for a week’s tour of Zimbabwe.
They will play four matches against the Zimbabwe women’s side.
The first two are one-dayers which will be on Thursday and Saturday. They will then play Twenty20 matches next Monday and Tuesday.
Other than the Saturday match, which will be at the Harare Sports Club, all the other matches will be at the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy ground at the Country Club.
The one-dayers start at 0900 hours, and the T20s matches start at 1330 hours.
The South Africans will return home the day after the last T20 match.
The tour provides vital preparation for both sides. For the hosts, it is important exposure for the battle in Ireland starting in July, to qualify for the International Cricket Council Women’s World Twenty20 tournament. For the tourists, who comprise South Africa’s most promising female players, Harare is a an opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the squad that will go to Bangladesh next year, for the global women’s Twenty20 cricket showcase.
Admission to all the Harare matches is free.
The South Africa squad comprises:
Robyn Apples, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Alexis Le Breton, Moseline Daniels, Ayabonga Khaka, Maryke Kirschoff, Lizelle Lee, Marcia Letsoalo, Sune Luus, Zizipo Mdebuka, Dane van Niekerk, Mignon du Preez and Chloe Tryon.
Hilton Moreeng – Coach;
Abram Ramoadi – Assistant Coach;
Marcia Beyl – Manager;
Sipokazi Sokhanyile – Media Liaison; and
Charline Gouveia – Biokineticist.