Garden Route Badgers ready for the new season

The Six Gun Grill Garden Route Badgers Women’s team has recruited promising new acquisitions for the upcoming season when they will enter the Top 6 competition of the Cricket South Africa provincial women’s competition.  

Tazmin Britz of South Africa during the 2nd One Day International match between South Africa and West Indies at Imperial Wanderers Stadium on January 31, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

They will start their campaign this weekend when they take on the Titans at Supersport Park in Centurion on Saturday (Limited over match) and Sunday (Twenty20 match).

The Momentum Proteas National contracted player, Tazmin Brits, who represented the Proteas in twelve Limited over and 27 T20 matches will join the Badgers in the upcoming season.

The Badgers has also recruited Sibongiseni Ndunana, Amber Botha, Mieke de Ridder (all Eastern Province), Annerie Dercksen (Free State) and Khayakazi Mathe (Border) to boost their line-up.  Dercksen, who hails from Beaufort West is a former SWD Schools player who also represented the SA Emerging team.  Two Cricket SA Emerging squad contracted players namely Jané Winster and Miceala Andrews will also be available for the Badgers. 

It was also confirmed that Anver Venter will take the role as Assistant- and Strength-and-Conditioning Coach of the Badgers for the upcoming season.  The Head Coach, Martelize van der Merwe, is careful optimistic about the chances of the Badgers campaign in the top league.  “It is a massive step-up, but we are confident to make an impact and remain competitive in the top league”, she commented.

The squad is for the weekend is:  Haroline Rhodes (Captain), Tazmin Brits, Mochelle May, Amber Botha, Sibongiseni Ndunana, Annerie Dercksen, Julandi Saayman, Micaéla Andrews, Mieke de Ridder, Jané Winster, Khayakazi Mathe, Marnazelle Rabie and Mariana Breedt 

Caption: Players of the Garden Route Badgers women’s team present at the Launch of the Season function that was held last week:
Back Row:  Mochelle May, Bianca Figeland, Julandi Saayman, Marnazelle Rabie, Haroline Rhodes (captain), Micaela Andrews, Jané Winster, Tazmin Brits and Mariana Breedt.
Front Row:  Sibongiseni Ndunana, Sibongiseni Ndunana, Amber Botha, Mieke de Ridder and Kawakami Mathe.   Annerie Dercksen was absent.

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