Reyneke first helped the South Africans score a total which gave their bowlers something to bowl to, having come in at 18/2 and gone on to top-score with 53 off 49 balls (five fours, one six).
A drastic rebuild was needed if they were to post three figures for a semblance of scoreboard pressure for the opposition and be one of the top three teams to advance out of the group stages. Enter Reyneke and Jenna Evans with a partnership that came to South Africa’s rescue.
Batting together for all but one ball of the remaining 10 overs, the two counter-attacked with a 67-run partnership which helped the home side to a total of 112/7, Evans’ unbeaten knock of 22 coming off 29 deliveries (two fours).
That was only half the job done however, as South Africa would have still been thinking about the wayward bowling in their tournament opener against India that made a target of 167 look like light work.
As it turned out, the hosts were well up for it today, with Jemma Botha (2/13 off four overs) – in for Nthabiseng Nini – setting the tone with an intense and accurate opening spell from around the wicket which also saw her trap opener Ailsa Lister in front for the first wicket.
Off-spinner Reyneke (1/11) bowled well in tandem with leg-spinner Seshnie Naidu (2/11) –whose wickets were courtesy of two great diving catches by Simone Lourens at midwicket – with Madison Landsman cleaning up by taking the best figures of 4/16 as Scotland unravelled to 68 all out.
Not only was the South African bowling improved all round from their match against India, but they were well backed up by an even better fielding display as well.
Scores in brief:
Toss: Scotland, who elected to bowl.
South Africa 112 for 7 in 20 overs (Kayla Reyneke 53, Jenna Evans 22 not out, Katherine Fraser three for 25, Niamh Robertson-Jack two for 12)
Scotland 68 all out in 17 overs (Emma Walsingham 17, Nayma Seikh 12, Madison Landsman four for 16, Jemma Botha two for 13)
South Africa won by 44 runs.