Match Report – Australian Diamonds v South African Proteas (Quad Series Match 1, 20 January 2018)
BY Rona Hunnisett
Some familiar faces helped steer Australia past a spirited South African to win the first match of the 2018 Quad Series.
Susan Pettitt and Caitlin Bassett settled the Diamonds ship after a focused Proteas side lead the reigning World Cup holders at half time and pushed them all the way to the final whistle. Pettitt’s superior court craft and speed, combined with clinical finishing proved decisive for an Australian side that looked far from convincing – or convinced – in the early stages of the game and her combination with captain Bassett proved crucial to the win.
South African coach Norma Plummer was buoyed by her side’s performance, after only limited time with her charges in recent weeks.