Take a bow, Dané

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Take a bow, Dané van Niek­erk and Co! No, it’s not the other Van Niek­erk, who’s burn­ing up tracks from Ja­maica to Os­trava at the mo­ment… This Van Niek­erk is a right-arm leg-break bowler, who this week de­liv­ered a land­mark per­for­mance in the World Cup in Eng­land as the Proteas cricket team crushed the West Indies by 10 wick­ets in a round-robin match in Le­ices­ter.

Van Niek­erk is per­haps best known as a toporder bat­ter, but she did not get a chance to bat in this match af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in the an­ni­hi­la­tion of the West Indies.

Van Niek­erk put the Caribbean side in to bat, and by the 26th over the side led by one of the best play­ers in the world, Ja­maican Stafanie Tay­lor, had been dis­missed for a pal­try 48.

Yes, this is the same West Indies team who are the cur­rent T20 world ti­tle-hold­ers and were run­ners-up to Aus­tralia in the 2013 World Cup in In­dia in the 50-over for­mat.

In a rout of this mag­ni­tude, sev­eral firsts were bound to make the score­books.

Van Niek­erk ac­counted for one of them, be­com­ing the first bowler in an ODI to claim four wick­ets with­out con­ced­ing a run.

Her fig­ures read 4/0, while those of open­ing bowler Marizanne Kapp were 4/14.

Af­ter three matches in the tour­na­ment (one was rained off), South Africa are un­beaten, and they have a tough as­sign­ment to­day when they take on Eng­land in Bris­tol.

On form and with a par­tic­u­larly strong line-up of bowlers, the Proteas are a good bet to reach the semi-fi­nals. This is a qual­ity team that is go­ing places. All their matches are be­ing shown live. So get be­hind them – your sup­port will make a dif­fer­ence.

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