Marizanne Kapp says scoring her maiden Test century in her second Test appearance was a “special moment”.
The 32-year-old made 150 off 213 balls, including 26 fours, as the Proteas Women recovered from 45-4 to post 284 on the first day of the one-off women’s Test against England in Taunton.
It is the highest score by a Proteas Women’s batter in a Test.
“Usually, I aim for the fifties considering the format we usually play, but to come out here and make 150, it’s pretty special,” Kapp told reporters afterwards.
“It’s a massive highlight in my cricketing career … it’s definitely right up there. It was a special moment today, I still have to reflect on it.”
Kapp admitted being “nervous” when she came to the crease with her side in trouble.
“They were bowling pretty well with that newish ball. We just said to ourselves that if we can stay for as long as possible, the runs would get easier,” said Kapp, who shared in a 72-run partnership with Anneke Bosch (30).
“It helped me more than it helped them. If I focused on the other batter, it seemed to take the pressure off me. When I give advice, I forget the situation I’m in and focus on our situation.
“I told them to stay in as long as possible. I knew the older the ball got, I could take on the England bowlers a bit more. I knew they [England] were tired. Being a bowler, I knew that the last session was going to be tough. From me, it was helping them as much as I can and I think they did brilliantly.”
Kapp said 284 was a good score.
“From where we were, I would’ve taken and grabbed that score with both hands,” she said.