CAPE TOWN – South Africa women skipper Dane van Niekerk Van has become the first bowler – male or female – to take four wickets without conceding a single run in limited overs cricket.
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Van Niekerk, 24, set the unique cricket record following her side’s convincing win in the ICC Women’s World Cup against the West Indies on Sunday.
She finished with figures of 4/0 in 3.2 overs as the Proteas bundled the Caribbean side out for a paltry 48 in 25.2 overs.
“I can’t tell you what happened there,” Van Niekerk told reporters after their 10-wicket victory.
“I’d be lying if I said I bowled to a plan, all I was saying to myself was ‘don’t bowl a full-toss’ and I think they (West Indies) just missed the balls.”
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Bowling figures of 3/0 have been achieved twice in women’s ODIs – once in women’s T20Is and once in men’s internationals.
Australian spinner Richie Benaud took 3/0 against India in a Test match in 1959.
Niekerk is also the youngest captain to take a four-wicket haul in a Women’s World Cup match and it is the best bowling return by a captain in a Women’s World Cup.
The Proteas next face the hosts, England, on Wednesday, July 5.