Cricket

Taylor, Beaumont help England draw level


SOUTH AFRICA WOMEN TOUR OF ENGLAND, 2018

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Beaumont and Taylor came together thereafter to add 156 runs for the second wicket © Getty

England Women bounced back in fine fashion at Hove to level the three-match ODI series against South Africa Women with a big 69-run win on Wednesday (June 13). Tammy Beaumont and Sarah Taylor’s centuries helped England to an imposing of 331 for 6. However, it took a spirited bowling effort to restrict South Africa to 262 for 9, despite Lizelle Lee’s 107-ball 117.

After being asked to bat, the hosts got off to a perfect start with an opening stand of 71 as Amy Ellen Jones was sent back by Shabnim Ismail. Beaumont and Taylor came together thereafter to add 156 runs for the second wicket, en route respective tons. Beaumont went on to score a 109-ball 101 before falling to Ayabonga Khaka in the 37th over, while Taylor had 118 off 106, including 13 fours, before she departed off Ismail in the 48th over, having taken England over the 300-run mark. Skipper Heather Knight (24) and Danielle Wyatt (20) added to England’s total tally with cameos, which in the end proved more than enough for South Africa.

Lizelle Lee continued from where he had left off in the opening ODI in Worcester; after an unbeaten 92 there that led South Africa to a comfortable seven-wicket win, she got her side off to a cracking start at Hove, dominating the opening stand of 142, en route her second fifty of the series that came off just 22 balls. Lee fired from the onset and kept South Africa in the chase before Katherine Brunt struck to send back Laura Wolvaardt for 32, opening the gates for a flurry of wickets. Lee’s held her end while wickets fell at the other as the visitors were reduced to 172 for 4.

Chloe Tryon (44) and Marizanne Kapp (29*) offered resistance against some good bowling from the English, but South Africa were not just well behind the required run-rate, but also were running out on wickets. Tyron’s handy 26-ball cameo, that comprised of four sixes and three boundaries, came to and end after a mistimed shot went straight to Wyatt off Ecclestone, who accounted for South Africa’s middle order, returning with three wickets for 54. But the standout bowler for the hosts was Brunt, who gave away just 34 in her ten overs, with two wickets against her name.

The series currently stands at 1-1 with the decider in Canterbury on Friday.

Brief scores: England Women 331/6 in 50 overs (Tammy Beaumont 101, Sarah Taylor 118; Shabnim Ismail 2-78, Marizanne Kapp 2-48, Ayabonga Khaka 2-72) beat South Africa Women 262/9 in 50 overs (Lizelle Lee 117, Chloe Tyron 44; Sophie Ecclestone 3-54) by 69 runs.

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