Inspirational captain Yolandi Potgieter recorded the very best rating of the season within the CSA Ladies’s Provincial One-Day Cup on Saturday, 22 April 2023, as Free State accomplished a dominant 188-run Division Two Promotion Play-off win over Northern Cape Warmth to seal a spot within the first division for the 2023/24 season.
Potgieter smashed 22 boundaries, together with 16 fours and 6 sixes on the way in which to 167 off 140 deliveries as the house aspect posted a frightening 348/4 earlier than right-arm spinner Christen van Wyk picked up figures of 4 for 30 to assist dismiss Northern Cape for 160 to assist Free State be a part of subsequent season’s ‘High Six’.
After dropping out on the toss and being requested to bat first on the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein, Free State acquired off to a strong begin as Potgieter and Delmari Hoffman (42) mixed for a 96-run opening stand, with the previous reaching her fourth fifty of the marketing campaign.
Regardless of dropping her top-order companion, Potgieter discovered prepared teammates in Miane Smit (34) after which, most importantly, in Gezelle Janse van Rensburg, with the pair placing on an important 138-run, fourth- wicket partnership as Potgieter reached triple figures and 150 earlier than being bowled by Claudia Velskoen to go away Free State 334/4.
Janse van Rensburg reached her personal milestone, citing a half-century value an unbeaten 65 off 49 balls (13 fours) as Free State completed on 348/4 on the finish of their allotted 50 overs.
Velskoen was the choose of the bowlers for the Warmth, ending with two wickets for 86 runs in her 9 overs.
With the bat, Northern Cape made a stuttering begin as a daily lack of wickets closely impacted their rhythm on the crease and the next chase.
After navigating by the opening powerplay having misplaced only one wicket, the Warmth shortly fell to 84/4 after 16 overs as van Wyk struck twice within the area of 4 overs along with a run out of Velskoen (27), because the momentum within the contest shifted within the favour of Free State.
In a mini rebuild for Northern Cape, captain Susan Benade (41) and Maxine Arthur (21) added 49 runs in 9.5 overs for the fifth wicket however the pair couldn’t comprise the innings for too lengthy because the stress from the bowlers lastly instructed.
Free State eliminated the subsequent 5 Warmth wickets for simply 16 runs because the Kimberley-based outfit collapsed to 149/9, with van Wyk nabbing two extra wickets to finish with a powerful return of 4 for 30 in her eight overs.