women inflict a series whitewash over South Africa.
England women claimed a series whitewash with a five
wicket victory over South Africa at Senwes Park today.
Charlotte Edwards won the toss and inserted South Africa for the final
match of the one day international series.
Jenny Gunn ensured the hosts could not settle in the middle as she trapped
Shandre Fritz in front leaving South Africa on 39 for one in the eighth
Tight spells from Danielle Hazell and Laura Marsh built the pressure in
the middle and set things up for Arran Brindle (2- 20) and Heather Knight
(2-15) to force a middle order collapse.
Brindle and Knight took four wickets off 24 balls as South Africa
struggled to build the runs and were left on 103 for six after 28 overs.
Having opened the attack, Georgia Elwiss returned in the final overs to
claim her first international wicket as Sunette Loubser was caught behind
by Tammy Beaumont.
Four balls later the hosts were reduced to 144 for eight through the quick
hands of Beaumont. Sarah Taylor then claimed the run out of Denisha
Devnarain and with five balls remaining South Africa hung on to post a
total of 181 for nine from their fifty overs.
As England set about the chase they suffered a setback losing both Edwards
and Danielle Wyatt in the first five overs. Edwards was bowled round her
legs and Wyatt was caught as she scooped to mid off.
Taylor attempted to rebuild with Lydia Greenway but was caught behind
trying to glance to third man, then in the following over Brindle went leg
before wicket, leaving England on 42 for four.
Lydia Greenway batting against New Zealand in
Fifteen overs in Knight joined Greenway to recover the innings and put on
a solid 87-run partnership before-player of the series-Greenway (63) was
caught scooping over mid off.
Knight went on to knock off the runs with Gunn in an unbeaten partnership
of 54 as England claimed a five wicket victory with seven overs to spare.
Heather Knight said: “It was a good win, great to finish the series three
nil, another good team performance.
“I enjoyed going into the new role of batting at number six and it was
good to get some runs. It was brilliant to bat out there with Jenny and
Lydia and I was pleased to be able to finish the game off. It was a good
feeling to get my first not out for England.
“Arran and I established a good partnership in the middle, I think she
bowled really well and I backed her up. It was pleasing to get a couple of
Charlotte Edwards said: "It’s great to win the series three nil, that’s
what we came out here to do so I’m really pleased.
“It was our best bowling and fielding performance of the trip so far and I
thought we stuck with it with the bat. Although we lost early wickets
Heather Knight and Lydia put on a really good partnership.
“People have stood up, especially the bowlers who have got better and
better throughout the trip which bodes well for the Twenty20 series.
“We’ll take momentum from this as we move into the Twenty20 series on
Thursday, which I’m sure will be a high scoring affair. I’m looking
forward to seeing some high scores on the board as I know the team always
look forward to playing Twenty20 cricket.”
England women play the first Twenty20 of the three match series against
South Africa on Thursday 27th October.
England Women v South Africa women
All matches at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
Thu 27th October 1st T20
Sat 29th October 2nd T20
Sun 30th October 3rd T20