White Ferns sweep into final with victory over the Proteas

Women's Cricket

The White Ferns have booked their place in the T20 Tri-Series Final with an eight-wicket victory over South Africa in Bristol.

A 130-run opening partnership between Suzie Bates (62) and Sophie Devine (68*) ensured a stress-free run-chase, after Hayley Jensen (2-24) and Amelia Kerr (2-28) helped keep the target to 149.

The Proteas had to win the match to be in with a shout of making the final of the tri-series that also involves hosts England.

The Proteas lacked urgency during their innings of 148 for 6 with Chloe Tryon’s belligerent 35 off 15 balls the exception to the rule.

Tellingly the next highest scores were a trio of 25’s from openers Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt as well as the skipper Dane van Niekerk.

With only 148 on the board to work with the Proteas bowlers were engaged in an uphill battle against the power of Bates and Devine.

When wickets did eventually come the match was already over as a contest with the Proteas Women going out with a whimper while the White Ferns look in imposing form ahead of their showdown with England.