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Indian fast bowler Jhulan Goswami regularly bowls at speeds of 120km/h, making her the fastest bowler in women's cricket.
South Africa is one of the world's leading nations when it comes to women's cricket. The sport attracts more players every year and Cricket South Africa is committed to ensuring that this trend continues.
The inaugural ICC Women's Cricket Challenge was held in Potchefstroom, South Africa, from 6 to 16 October 2010, with the West Indies taking the title after a week of exciting cricket. Many more events like this will be held in South Africa in the near future.
Various clubs and organisations around South Africa are doing their best to ensure the development of women's cricket by creating opportunities and putting projects in place to dispel the notion that cricket is solely a male sport.
The South African women's team competes strongly at international level and is usually ranked among the top five teams in the world. Cri-Zelda Brits, South Africa's former captain, has established herself as a specialist batsman in the women's game, while Trisha Chetty has gained global respect as a strong wicketkeeper. Sunette Loubscher, the current captain of the team, is an off-spinner and is ranked as one of the top bowlers in women's cricket.
At domestic level, women's cricket is perhaps most prominent in Gauteng, where matches are regularly played at Lenasia Cricket Club and Pirates Sports Club.
The KwaZulu-Natal women's team usually plays its matches at the Chatsworth Oval, while their inland counterparts, KZN Inland, generally play home games at the City Oval in Pietermaritzburg.
The Western Province women's team plays home matches at various venues in Cape Town.
Women's cricket is also played in Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London and Kimberley.
Anyone interested in attending a women's cricket match in South Africa, or getting involved as a player or coach, should contact the South African Women's Cricket Association.