Proteas crash out of Women’s Cricket World Cup, bank R6.2 million!

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The Proteas crashed out of the Women’s Cricket World Cup on Thursday when they were thumped by 137 runs by England in their semi-final clash.

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It brought to an end an inspired tournament by Sune Luus and her team.

England will play Australia in the final on Sunday, 3 April.

However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the South African team as they still have R6.2 million reasons to smile!

The Proteas women earned $300 000 (R4.4 million) for reaching the semi-finals, to go with the $125 000 (R1.8 million) they banked thanks to their five group stage wins (at $25 000 apiece).

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The winners of the Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 will take home $1.32 million (R19.4 million) in prize money, double the amount awarded to the 2017 victors England, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed.

The runners-up in the tournament will earn $600 000 (R8.8 million) – an increase of $270 000 from when India finished as runners-up to England last time.

The overall prize money pot has increased by 75% with the eight teams taking home a share in $3.5 million, $1.5 million more than the 2017 edition held in England. 

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Holders England took home $660 000 after defeating India by nine runs in a sold-out final at Lord’s five years ago, to earn their fourth trophy.

Only 3 countries have ever won the Women’s Cricket World Cup

England have been the victors every time they have the hosted the tournament as well as triumphing in Australia in 2009 while Australia are the most successful team having won six of the previous 11 World Cups, including three in a row between 1978 and 1988.

Hosts New Zealand are the only other team to win a World Cup having done so in 2000, the last time they hosted the Women’s Cricket World Cup. 

Bangladesh are to play in their first 50-over World Cup, while India and the West Indies are the only other teams to have featured in a final.

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