Mignon Du Preez and captain Dane Van Niekerk after South Africa's game was abandoned. Photo: Jason Cairnduff, Reuters

CAPE TOWN – South Africa and New Zealand shared the spoils at the ICC Women’s World Cup on Wednesday after their match was washed out in Derby.

Both teams won their opening matches and were looking to continue their winning momentum. The Proteas beat Pakistan in their opening game, while the White Ferns defeated Sri Lanka last Saturday.

The players on either side looked on despondently as the wet outfield was ruled unplayable due to heavy rains.

“Yeah, some girls took part in indoor nets so they don’t get bored. We were lucky enough to have been there (in Leicester, where they played Pakistan and will play their next game against West Indies) at the start, so we know the pitch there,” said Proteas captain Dané van Niekerk after the officials called off the game.

Van Niekerk was still upbeat, though, especially after all the messages received from fans back home wishing her team well.

“We had a close game last time, so some things to rectify. Luckily our games are broadcast at home. Girls are enjoying; never had my phone buzzed so much due to the excitement around the World Cup.”

Both teams will next be in action on Sunday, with South Africa taking on West Indies in Leicester and New Zealand playing Australia in Bristol.

IOL Sport

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