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Laura Wolvaardt scores century for Proteas against England A in warm-up match

File pic. Laura Wolvaardt of South Africa ICC Women's Cricket World Cup - West Indies V South Africa at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand on Thursday March 24, 2022. Picture: Aaron Gillions/www.photosport.nz/BackpagePix

File pic. Laura Wolvaardt of South Africa ICC Women's Cricket World Cup - West Indies V South Africa at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, New Zealand on Thursday March 24, 2022. Picture: Aaron Gillions/www.photosport.nz/BackpagePix

Published Jun 22, 2022

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Johannesburg - Laura Wolvaardt hadn’t faced a red ball since her days in club cricket, but it didn’t matter as she notched up a century on the first day of South Africa’s warm-up match against England A in Sussex on Tuesday.

The three-day match is the Proteas’s only tour game ahead of a once-off Test against England which will be in Taunton starting next Monday.

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Wolvaardt, scored quickly facing only 148 balls, before retiring out on 101.

“It is my first time playing with a red ball since back in the day in club cricket,” said the Capetonian.

South Africa amassed 301 in 80 overs, with Sune Luus’s 48, the next best score. England A were reduced to 54/3 at stumps, With Marizanne Kapp, Anneke Bosch and Tumi Sekhukhune each claiming a wicket.

Wolvaardt explained that she had to show caution initially against the red ball.

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“Up front the red ball does more than white ball and it takes a lot more patience, especially for me who enjoys the cover drive, I have to use that shot selectively, only when the ball is there,” she said.

“There were some funky fields that we have to get used to. It’s been a really good experience and we’ll learn a lot from this warm-up game.”

Next week’s Test will be the first for the Proteas women’s side in eight years, and just the 13th overall for South Africa. They last played a Test against India in 2014, with Kapp, Lizelle Lee, Trish Chetty and Chloe Tryon the only members of the current squad who participated in that match.

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