It Wasn’t Hard Luck. I Think It Just Was Bad Execution: Dané Van Niekerk

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JOHANNESBURG: It was runs galore in the second ICC Women’s Championship One-Day International (ODI) between England and the Momentum Proteas, as the visitors succumbed to a 69-run defeat in Hove.

South African’s captain, Dané van Niekerk expressed her disappointment in her side’s performance, both with bat and ball after the all-rounder had won the toss and elected to field first in Tuesday’s clash.

“It wasn’t hard luck. I think it just was bad execution as a bowling and a batting unit,” Van Niekerk commented. “It is hard to say with the toss, because we spoke as a team and we were all happy to bowl first. You never quite know what to expect in England. We tried to check the stats and it was 50-50, so we just went with what we’re comfortable.

“At the end of the day, if we bowled second in the way we did today, we would have fetched leather as well.”

Although she is unhappy with the team’s display, the skipper credits the hosts for their proactive approach throughout the game, with Tammy Beaumont (101) and Sarah Taylor (118) – after their record-breaking 275-run stand at last year’s World Cup – continuing their impressive record against South Africa. They shared a 156-run partnership for the second wicket to help England to a commanding total of 331/6 at the end of their allotted overs.

“You always have to look at both aspects,” Van Niekerk continued. “They played really well and brought the game to us. We expected it (falling wickets) to happen and that is the frustrating thing for me on the field, we didn’t fight for our wickets on a pitch that had no seam movement or anything. We didn’t sum up the conditions well and I guess the scorecard speaks for itself.”

The third and final ODI will be another day/night match in Canterbury on Friday, 15 June 2018. The action will be live on SuperSport and with the series levelled at 1-1, it is set to be a tightly contested affair.