Luus and Lee keep SA Tri-Series hopes alive

TAUNTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  South African players celebrate the wicket of Sarah Taylor of England during the International T20 Tri-Series match between England Women and South Africa Women at The Cooper Associates County Ground on June 23, 2018 in Taunton, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

TAUNTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: South African players celebrate the wicket of Sarah Taylor of England during the International T20 Tri-Series match between England Women and South Africa Women at The Cooper Associates County Ground on June 23, 2018 in Taunton, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

Half-centuries by Suné Luus and Lizelle Lee saw the Momentum Proteas bounce back from Wednesday’s demoralising double-loss and beat England by six wickets in Somerset. It is South Africa’s second T20 international victory over the hosts, as they kept their triangular series hopes alive in England’s round of double-headers on Saturday.

The visitors successfully chased their highest ever T20I total of 161 as Lee got their innings off to a blistering start with a 37-ball 68 (4x4s, 6x6s), followed by an unbeaten 63 from 52 balls from Luus (6x4s, 2x6s). Dané van Niekerk’s charges posted a winning 166/4 with three deliveries to spare, including 14 runs from the last three deliveries faced by Luus off Katherine Brunt, plus a six to seal the match.

The skipper’s good batting form continued as she chipped in with a notable 25 from 19 deliveries on her side’s road to victory.

Earlier in the match, England put 160/5 on the board after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Their innings once again led by Tammy Beaumont (71 off 59 balls) who hit her third, consecutive score over 50 in the series so far. Other contributions came from Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor who added respective scores of 35 not out and 20.

South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail (2/27) and Zintle Mali (2/39) were the pick of the bowlers with two wickets a piece.

The visitors will have five days to prepare for their next encounter against New Zealand as the series moves to Bristol where the White Ferns will play their round of double headers.


Momentum Proteas third T20 international squad:

Dané van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province), Lizelle Lee (North West), Chloe Tryon (KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Masabata Klaas (North West), Raisibe Ntozakhe (Gauteng), Suné Luus (Northerns), Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province), Zintle Mali (Border).


IT20 Tri-Series - England, South Africa & New Zealand
28 June – The Brightside Ground, Bristol, South Africa v New Zealand, 1pm start; England v New Zealand, 5:40pm start
1 July – Final – The CloudFM County Ground, Chelmsford (3pm)