The Central Gauteng Lions stunned Western Province to secure the CSA Women’s Provincial T20 Cup title in dramatic fashion.
Proteas seamer Tumi Sekhukhune took 4-20 as the Lions skittled WP for 102 before a topsy-turvy chase saw the hosts come out on top with three balls to spare. They had needed 20 runs heading into the 19th over.
The Lions won the toss and chose to bowl first at the Orban Oval in Johannesburg. That decision paid off as Province found themselves 18-3 in the fourth over, with Sekhukhune and retiring captain Yolani Fourie (3-11) doing the early damage.
Despite starts from the WP middle-order, including 16* from Saarah Smith, WP failed to recover as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
In reply, young opener Jenna Evans was run out for four, before the experienced pair of Kirstie Thomson (34) and Sunette Viljoen-Louw (16) got the Lions to 57-1.
WP then got themselves back into the game as captain Leah Jones (2-8) removed Thomson and Viljoen-Louw before Nosipho Vezi, Nadine de Klerk and Robyn Appels struck to reduce the Lions to 88-6 after 18 overs.
But Fourie and Kgomotso Rapoo (14) took charge, with the latter hitting the winning runs.
In other Division One games, Proteas opener Tazmin Brits smashed a 50-ball 82* to lead the Garden Route Badgers (SWD) to a six-wicket win over the KZN Dolphins in Oudtshoorn.
Proteas all-rounder Anneke Bosch blasted 71* off 28 deliveries to help the North West Dragons end the season with a seven-wicket win over the Northerns Titans.