SA name teenager for T20
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (CMC):
Sixteen-year-old all-rounder Chloe Tryon has been included in a 14-member South Africa women's squad for the World Twenty20 World Championships in the West Indies starting in May.
She has been rewarded for outstanding form in the Women's Provincial League this season where she captured 20 wickets and shone with her lusty hitting down the order.
Tryon's efforts fired KwaZulu-Natal into the final of the competition where they are meeting Western Province on Saturday.
"Nobody's place in the women's squad is secure and Chloe has pushed some of the experienced campaigners this season," said team coach Noor Rhode.
"She has been superb for Gauteng and she can definitely play an important role in women's cricket in the future. We have kept it consistent with 12 of the 14 players having taken part in the last home series against the West Indies but have included some dynamic performers."
Tryon said she was looking forward to the tour and especially helping the Proteas to lift the T20 title.
"Bowling is my strong point but I can definitely bat as well," she said.
"The national women's team have had disappointing runs at previous World Cups so, hopefully, I can help the team bring the trophy home."
Selectors have also recalled experienced all-rounder Susan Benade, who missed out when West Indies toured last October for the one-day and T20 series.
Cri-Zelda Brits has been reappointed captain after a two-year break from the leadership of the team while Kirsty Thomson and Marizanne Kapp have been overlooked.
South Africa will contest Group A of the May 5-16 tournament, clashing with hosts West Indies, title-holders England and Australia in the opening round in St Kitts.
Squad: Cri-Zelda Brits, Susan Benade, Trisha Chetty, Mignon du Preez, Shandre Fritz, Shabnum Ismail, Ashlyn Kilowan, Marcia Letsoalo, Sunette Loubser, Alicia Smith, Angelique Taai, Chloe Tryon, Charlize van der Westhuizen, Dane van Niekerk.