CSA announce departure of Proteas Women's head coach Hilton Moreeng

CSA announce departure of Proteas Women's head coach Hilton Moreeng

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the departure of long-serving Proteas Women's head coach Hilton Moreeng after 11 years at the helm.

Moreeng was in charge of 279 matches across all three formats.

Under his guidance, the Proteas Women achieved of a win ratio of 56% in ODI cricket, winning 84 out of 149 matches in the 50-over format.

In T20 Internationals the national side secured 60 victories out of 127 encounters, with one draw and two losses in Test cricket.

The 46-year-old Moreeng also became the first national coach to guide a senior team to a final at an ICC global event when the Proteas Women lost to Australia at the 2023 Women's T20 World Cup held in South Africa.

That achievement was preceded by two semi-final appearances in 2014 and 2020 T20 Women's World Cups.

In 50-over World Cups, Moreeng's charges featured in two semi-final matches at the Women's World Cup in 2017 and 2022, losing out to England on both occasions.

Moreeng said: "I want to express my sincere appreciation to all the players and team management who have been instrumental in this journey. 

"I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work alongside each of you. I would also like to thank the South African fans and the media for their unwavering support throughout this journey. Your encouragement has been a constant source of motivation. 

"Last but certainly not least, I am deeply grateful to my family and friends who have stood by me through the highs and lows along the way."

He added: "As I step away from this role, I want to wish the team and everyone involved the very best of luck in the future. 

"I have no doubt that the future holds great success and prosperity for all."

Assistant coach Dillon du Preez will take over the reins in the interim before a new head coach is appointed.

CSA director of cricket, Enoch Nkwe commented: "I have the honour of expressing CSA™s gratitude to Hilton for his exceptional contributions to women's cricket in South Africa over the last decade, with his tenure marked by numerous historic moments. 

"We convey our profound appreciation for his unwavering dedication and exemplary leadership, acknowledging his instrumental role in shaping the professionalisation of women's cricket in the country. 

"As Dillon du Preez steps in as interim coach, we offer him, the management and the team our full support as they head into their next international assignments. 

"We have full confidence in Dillon's abilities to continue the momentum and uphold the standards set for the side."

In other changes to the Proteas Women coaching set-up, Baakier Abrahams has been officially appointed as the batting coach and Bongani Ndaba assumes the role of fielding coach.

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