T20 Series to England

Oct 30


England beat South Africa to claim Twenty20 series victory

England women wrapped up a Twenty20 series win over South Africa by winning the third game by seven wickets.

The victory meant England won the series 2-0 after yesterday's match was abandoned due to rain. It was England's fifth win following their 3-0 win in the one-day series.

Charlotte Edwards won the toss and inserted South Africa in the last match of the series.

Despite disciplined bowling from the England attack, the hosts managed to post 81 runs before Jenny Gunn broke the partnership of Trisha Chetty and Cri-Zelda Britz in the 14th over as Lydia Greenway landed a catch in the deep.

In the following over Arran Brindle removed Britzs middle stump just one ball after hitting her half century, leaving South Africa on 89 for two.

The England attack continued to apply pressure as they have throughout the series, restricting the hosts to 118 for two from their 20 overs.

Laura Marsh and Charlotte Edwards knocked 26 runs off the target before they were both bowled in consecutive balls in the fourth and fifth over.

Sarah Taylor and Greenway went on to dominate the chase and built a solid 76 run partnership.

[Sarah Taylor  Don Miles]

Sarah Taylor strikes out in a match from the Quad Series, 2011

Player of the Series Taylor raced to 39 runs off 28 balls before hitting straight to Sunette Loubser.

But needing just 16 runs to win there was never any doubt of victory as Brindle joined Greenway to finish the job as England won by seven wickets with four overs to spare to seal another series triumph.

Sarah Taylor said: Ive really enjoyed both series out here, its been a good run with the bat for me and its been nice to bat with Charlotte again. 

Its been good to bat at number three, its a different task and Ive enjoyed the responsibility. I was really pleased to be able to go out there today and control the game with Lydia.

Charlotte Edwards said: I'm really pleased that we have managed to complete what we set out to do, which was to win all our games of cricket. Weve played really positive cricket out here.

Our bowling and fielding has got better throughout the trip. All the bowlers have had great spells and I thought Georgia Elwiss bowled exceptionally well today in her first international T20.

The key players have really performed and people have taken responsibility. Were really happy with where we are at.

We have really good competition for places in the team at the moment and I think thats a really good place to be.

Sarah Taylor has had a fantastic trip, shes keeping and batting as well as Ive ever seen her play and Lydia Greenway is in the form of her life.

Were now looking forward to the rest of the winter and towards the series against New Zealand in February.