SA’s women cricketer Luus key player at WC qualifier

Suné Luus of South Africa bowls during the 2016 International ODI Womens cricket match between South Africa and New Zealand at Boland Park, Paarl on 24 October 2016. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

COLOMBO - South African women’s cricket star Sune Luus is shaping up to be one of the key players in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from February 7-21.

This qualifier will see the best cricketers from 10 nations play for a chance to join the top four women’s sides at the marquee event in June-July in England.

Luus, 21, became the second female player, after Heather Knight, to score a half-century and take a five-for in a One-Day International, with her 52 runs and six wickets for South Africa against Ireland in August 2016.

Sune Luus

The leg-spinning allrounder, who also took the only five-for at the Women’s World T20, had a fantastic 2016.

She finished as the top ODI wicket-taker for the year, with 37 in 22 matches at an average of 20.40 and a best of 6/36.

On South Africa’s tour of Australia, she was asked to open the innings, and despite finding herself in an unfamiliar role, impressed with back-to-back fifties. Her feats earned her a spot in the ICC Women’s Team of the Year.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Luus is making waves in the big leagues.

She broke into the senior team at the age of 16, and was playing Under-19 cricket when only 13.

Hilton Moreeng, her South Africa coach, describes her as a hard worker and a complete package.

It’s easy to see why.

African News Agency

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