South African seamer Marizanne Kapp has become the 18th women’s cricketer to snare 100 wickets in ODI competition.
Kapp reached the feat during Sunday’s victory over the West Indies. Her telling haul of three for 14 in nine tight overs reduced the hosts to an insufficient 161 all out in pursuit of a challenging 202-run target in Bridgetown, Barbados.
She dismissed dangerous opener Hayley Matthews for a duck and later removed lower-order duo Merissa Aguilleira and Afy Fletcher lbw with consecutive deliveries.
‘Congratulations to “Kappie” on this important milestone in her career,’ enthused Cricket South Africa chief executive Thabang Moroe.
‘She has been a stalwart member of our pace attack throughout her career and is, indeed, one of the jewels of South African cricket.
‘She is currently ranked No 4 in the ICC bowling rankings, having previously been No 1 for an extended period of time.’
Among the Proteas women’s leading ODI wicket-takers, the 28-year-old Kapp is second only to leg-spinner Dane van Niekerk, who has 126.
Indian seamer Jhulan Goswami has the most, 207, overall. Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick and Lisa Sthalekar are in second and third position respectively, with 180 and 146.
Still pursuing a maiden ODI five-for, Kapp boasts two four-fors, against the the West Indies in Leicester in 2017 and India in Bengaluru three years earlier.
Right-armer Kapp’s international debut came in 2009 and she has also enjoyed successful stints with the Surrey Stars in the Women’s Cricket Super League in England and Sydney Sixers in the Women’s Big Bash League in Australia.