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Bermudas' womens cricket reaches new heights
Bermuda's male cricketers may have made a positive impact during last year's World Cup in the West Indies, but their women counterparts are clearly some way behind after they were bowled out for just 13 in a World Cup qualifier against South Africa.

In reply, the South Africans took just four legal deliveries to reach their target after Bermuda's opening bowler Terry-Lynn Paynter bowled nine wides in her opening over.

Batting first at Stellenbosch University, the Bermudans crawled to 7 for 2 off their first 10 overs and were 13 for 7 after 16, skipper Linda Mienzer losing her wicket after a long vigil in which she made just a single run off 48 balls.

The last three wickets failed to yield any runs with South African bowler Sunette Loubser finishing with incredible figures of 6 for 3. To make matters even worse, 10 out of the 13 runs in Bermuda's innings came from extras.

Paynter's opening over showed that it was not just the Bermudans batting that needed working on as she struggled to find the cut strip. After her nine wides and a no-ball, batsman Olivia Anderson finally managed to reach one which she promptly dispatched for four.

Bermudan captain Mienzer attempted to put a positive spin on her side's performance, saying: 'I am extremely proud and our team is very proud to be here.

'Just a year and a half ago there was no women's programme so we went to Canada and qualified to come here which is an achievement in itself.'


'In terms of women's cricket in Bermuda, it has come a long way but we still have a long way to go.'


Bermudas' womens cricket reaches new heights
Here's a photo I took of a cricket game in Bermuda a few years ago. It was a mental day, the cricket was really just an aside to all the other stuff going on! A bermudian ladies cricket team just sounds like another good excuse to party!


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