JOHANNESBURG – The SA women's cricket team coach Hilton Moreeng has described South Africa’s tour to England as “very disappointing” after his side flattered to deceive in the seven international matches they played against the hosts and New Zealand.
The tourists had begun the trip with a whole lot of promise after beating their English counterparts by seven wickets in the opening One-Day International to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
It was their only success though, as they went on to lose the next two games, and with it the series 2-1.
They then participated in a historic Tri-Series that also involved New Zealand. The South Africans conceded world record scores on the opening day of competition as they lost both games on the double-header occasion.
They bounced back with victory over England in the next match, but it proved to be their only win as another loss to the White Ferns followed.
“I think overall it was a very disappointing tour,” Moreeng said. “Firstly because of the quality we have in the side and the way we started the series.
“We set it up very well, the players played well and being 1-0 up in the first game with two to go, it required for us to just have that consistency that we always talk about, which we lacked as a team.
“Again, it showed in the second and third games where we played good cricket in patches. We just couldn’t finish off and that would have won us the series.”
Moreeng, however, was much more optimistic about their showings in the shortest format.
“It was a great experience for us to play in matches of that intensity against two of the best teams in world cricket on the same day,” he continued.
“It was mentally very challenging for the players but was still a great experience. It was a first for us to play in a double header but as for the games, the bowling and the fielding weren’t up to scratch, hence the records we saw.”
African News Agency (ANA)