19 Jul THREE FIGURES FROM BEAUMONT HELP ENGLAND SEAL CONVINCING SERIES WIN
LEICESTER: An outstanding century from Tammy Beaumont played a key role in England’s 109-run victory over the Momentum Proteas to confirm a 3-0 series victory at the County Ground in Leicester on Monday.
Beaumont’s knock of 119 runs off 107 deliveries (19 fours, 1 six), along with half-centuries from Heather Knight and Sophia Dunkley guided the home side to a daunting score of 371 / 7 before South Africa were restricted to 262 all out despite efforts with the bat from Laura Wolvaardt, Marizanne Kapp and Chloé Tryon.
South Africa won the toss and put England into bat at the home of Leicestershire Cricket, with Beaumont and Emma Lamb continuing where they left off in the second ODI. The pair combined for a second consecutive century stand for the first wicket, with Lamb racing to her second career fifty before the experienced Beaumont notched up her 18th.
With the duo at the crease looking increasingly confident as they neared a 150-run stand, fast bowler Shabnim Ismail made the all-important breakthrough as she rearranged Lamb’s furniture for a well-played 65 off 66 balls (8 fours).
Despite losing the aggressive Lamb, Beaumont and new batter, Dunkley then continued the momentum out in the middle, adding another 87 runs for the second wicket, with Beaumont going onto her ninth three-figure score in her career before being eventually dismissed by Nonkululeko Mlaba (1 / 68) – stumped by Trisha Chetty for a record-equalling 51 stumpings.
With a superb base set for England on 236 / 2 in the 34th over, Dunkley and captain Knight kept their foot on the gas to continue the charge as both batters raced to their respective half-centuries. Dunkley raised her bat for a 53-ball 51 (6 fours), while Knight notched up 63 off 49 deliveries, including nine fours before both were removed through Nadine de Klerk (1 / 87) and a run-out inflicted by Chetty.
The latter dismissal came after an explosive cameo from Danni Wyatt, who smashed four fours and two sixes on her way to 33 off 14 balls before holding out to Kapp in the deep off Ayabonga Khaka’s (2 / 64) bowling, who celebrated her 30th birthday today.
South Africa managed to pick up two more wickets near the end of the innings through Khaka and a run out from another quick piece of fielding from Ismail as England wrapped up their allotted overs on a mammoth 371 / 7.
Going into their innings with an uphill battle on their hands, the Proteas Women made a battling start with the bat through the in-form Wolvaardt, as she raced out of the blocks to help put on an opening stand worth 61 with Andrie Steyn (12).
Wolvaardt reached her 29th career fifty, including 11 fours before missing a straight Charlie Dean (3 / 42) delivery to be trapped LBW before the off-spinner then clean bowled Steyn soon after to leave South Africa on 86 / 2.
Despite Lara Goodall (24) and skipper Suné Luus (9) doing their best to calm things down in the middle, England made two more crucial inroads as Lamb (3 / 42) and Alice Davidson-Richards (3 / 35) removed the pair to bring Kapp and Tryon into the fold.
The all-action pair went on with their business in great fashion, dispatching of any erred deliveries to the boundary to put on a vital stand of 110 runs for the fifth wicket, with Kapp meticulously striding to her 11th score of fifty or more before being caught off Lamb’s bowling for 62 off 52 balls (8 fours, 1 six).
Although Tryon managed a few more lusty blows as she raised her bat for a 10th career fifty, the big-hitting all-rounder was in the end caught out in the deep after going for one more boundary as she head back to the dressing room for a thrilling 70 off 57 balls (6 fours, 3 sixes).
That wicket was preceded by the dismissal of de Klerk (4) before the South African innings petered out to 262 all out after 50 overs, with Davidson-Richards and Issy Wong (1 / 50) taking the final wickets to fall as England clinched a win 4.2 overs remaining.
The two teams return to the field of play for the start of the T20 International series on Thursday, 21 July with the first clash taking place at the County Ground in Chelmsford from 19h00 local time (20h00 SAST).
Audio and video featuring Momentum Proteas batter, Laura Wolvaardt can be located here.
Momentum Proteas Squad for England Tour – ODIs:
Anneke Bosch (Senwes Dragons), Trisha Chetty (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Nadine de Klerk (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Lara Goodall (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Shabnim Ismail (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Sinalo Jafta (Six Gun Grill Western Province) Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Masabata Klaas (Senwes Dragons), Ayabonga Khaka (Imperial Lions), Suné Luus (Titans Ladies), Nonkululeko Mlaba (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Tumi Sekhukhune (Imperial Lions), Andrie Steyn (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Chloé Tryon (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Delmi Tucker (Six Gun Grill Western Province) Laura Wolvaardt (Six Gun Grill Western Province)
Momentum Proteas Tour to England Itinerary:
T20 Series –
Thursday, 21 July @ 19h00 local time – 1st T20 – England vs South Africa (The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford)
Saturday, 23 July @ 14h30 local time – 2nd T20 – England vs South Africa (Blackfinch New Road, Worcester)
Monday, 25 July @ 18h30 local time – 3rd T20 – England vs South Africa (The Incora County Ground, Derby)
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