• KZN Women ready for SA’s best in National Week

    The KwaZulu-Natal Women’s team have survived a gruelling preparation period and are now ready to take on the country’s best at the CSA National Women’s Cricket Week in Bloemfontein from 25-29 March.

    Head coach Dinesha Devnarain said the team have been putting in the hard yards behind the scenes, honing their skills in preparation for the biggest domestic women’s competition in the country.

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    ‘The team have been focusing a lot on strengthening their weaknesses and maintaining the areas that we are good at,’ said Devnarain. ‘We have just completed a high-performance camp in North West this past week, and it was beneficial for our girls to be exposed to other female cricketers from around the country.’

    ‘We are trying to stick to things that had made us successful thus far, but we are not blind to that fact that we going up against some strong oppositions, and our game has to develop to stay in the top six,’ continued Devnarain.

    She outlined her team’s goals leading up to the week-long tournament as looking to build longer batting stints from the players, as well as achieve consistency with the ball. The National Week will be contested by eight teams that will be split into two pools, with the bottom team in each pool facing relegation to the regional league, while the remaining six remain in the National League.

    The team’s chances will be bolstered by the services of experienced Proteas all-rounder Chloe Tryon.

    ‘Chloe has been the pillar of KZN cricket for a long time and the experience and skill she brings to the team can only add value and will help the youngsters in the set-up,’ added Devnarain.

    Her side boasts healthy young talent such as Nondumiso Shangase, who is the current captain, and Jade De Figueiredo, who have both been invited to the upcoming CSA national academy.

    ‘Our squad is young and inexperienced, but they are also very talented and energetic.

    ‘We have Chloe, who has played many games for the national side, but we also have the likes of Nonkululeko Mlaba who has been selected for U19 SA Schools team,’ concluded Devnarain.

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    KZN Women’s Squad
    Nonopha Ludidi
    Prudence Gcabashe
    Nonkuloleko Mlaba
    Dheyanka Naidoo
    Jade De Figueiredo
    Sabathile Madlala
    Nondumiso Shangase (captain)
    Kiara Fisher
    Asamkele Kawu
    Nomzamo Shabane
    Asheta Mahabeer
    Nikita Sole
    Chloe Tryon
    Dinesha Devnarain (Player-Coach)

    KZN Women’s Cricket Week Fixtures:
    25 March – KZN Women vs North West Women
    26 March – KZN Women vs Northerns Women
    27 March – KZN Women vs Gauteng Women
    28-29 March – Playoffs

    Photo: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

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