Congratulations to our history-making Momentum Proteas | Western Cape Government



Congratulations to our history-making Momentum Proteas

27 February 2023

The South African Women’s Cricket team made history this weekend by becoming the first SA team to progress to the final of a Cricket World Cup. Although they ended in second place after a tough match against Australia, we are so proud of what they have achieved.

Sunday’s final at Newlands Cricket Ground saw a record attendance of 12 782 people – thank you to all the supporters who stood behind our women’s team. The Western Cape Government is proud to have supported this tournament, which saw large amounts of fans attending matches at both Newlands and Boland Park in Paarl. We have proven that we are more than ready to host international tournaments of this nature and we look forward to seeing many more matches being played in our province.

Anroux Marais, Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, said: “We have seen a fantastic two weeks of women’s cricket being played in the province. It is clear that support for our women’s teams has really picked up and it was great to see full crowds supporting these matches. The Momentum Proteas have raised the profile of women’s sport in our country and we must champion for equal opportunities and equal payment for our female athletes. Congratulations to Australia for ending their hard-fought campaign by winning the trophy.”

Minister Marais also congratulates Cape Town born fast bowler, Shabnim Ismail, who ended the tournament as the world’s leading wicket-taker in the history of the Women’s T20 World Cup.

Thank you to all the local and international fans who came out in numbers for this tournament. The Western Cape Government will continue to support and grow women’s sport in our country.

Media Enquiries: 

Tania Colyn
Spokesperson to Minister Anroux Marais
Tel:  076 093 4913