TAUNTON: Two lengthy rain delays meant there were only 45.1 overs bowled on day three of four of the once-off Test match between the Momentum Proteas and England at the County Ground in Taunton on Wednesday. The visitors ended the day’s play on 55 / 3, still trailing by 78 runs.

Before the rain stoppages, England’s Nat Sciver continued where she left off the previous day as she went on to notch up a career-best 169* off 263 deliveries (21 fours), while low-order batter, Sophie Ecclestone contributed with a handy 35 off 64 balls before the home side declared on 417 / 8.

The only two English wickets to fall in the morning were taken by Nonkululeko Mlaba’s (2 / 74) left-arm spin and a moment of brilliance from fielder Nadine de Klerk, who sniped at a single stump to run out Kate Cross (1).

In their second innings with the bat, South Africa suffered an early blow as they lost Andrie Steyn (3) off the bowling of Cross. Top-order batters, Laura Wolvaardt (16) and Lara Goodall (27) then defended their wickets staunchly before the heavens opened up for the first time as an early lunch was taken.

Although the players returned after the interval, the rain soon returned 30 minutes later. After another delay lasting more than two hours, play resumed at 18h30 local time as England went onto remove both Goodall and Wolvaardt to end the day on a high before stumps was called.

South Africa will resume on day four on Thursday, 30 June at 11h00 local time (12h00 SA time) with Suné Luus (4*) and nightwatch-woman Tumi Sekhukhune at the crease with 109 overs to be played on the final day.


Once-off Test: England vs South Africa (County Ground, Taunton) – South Africa trail by 78 runs 

Day 3 Scores:  

South Africa: 284 all out (M. Kapp 150 (213), A. Bosch 30 (58); K. Cross (4 / 63), L. Bell (2 / 47)

England: 417 / 8 dec after 120 overs (N. Sciver 169* (263), A. Davidson-Richards 107 (194); A. Bosch 3 / 77, N. Mlaba (2 / 74)

South Africa: 55 / 3 after 25 overs (L. Goodall 26 (53), L. Wolvaardt 16 (62); I. Wong (2 / 8), K. Cross (1 / 27)

Audio and video featuring Momentum Proteas batter, Lara Goodall can be located here.  

Momentum Proteas Squad for England Tour – Test & 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), Ayabonga Khaka (Imperial Lions), Lizelle Lee (Senwes Dragons), 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), Laura Wolvaardt (Six Gun Grill Western Province)

Momentum Proteas Tour to England Itinerary:

Only Test –  

Monday, 27 June – Thursday June 30 @ 11h00 local time – Once-off Test – England vs South Africa (Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton)

Warm-Up Matches –  

Monday, 04 July @ 14h00 local time – T20 – South Africa vs England A (Cheltenham CC, Cheltenham) 

Thursday, 07 July @ 11h00 local time – 50-over – South Africa vs England A (Cheltenham CC, Cheltenham) 


One-Day International Series –  

Monday, 11 July @ 14h00 local time – 1st ODI – England vs South Africa (The County Ground, Northampton) 

Friday, 15 July @ 14h00 local time – 2nd ODI – England vs South Africa (Bristol County Ground, Bristol) 

Monday, 18 July @ 14h00 local time – 3rd ODI – England vs South Africa (The Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester)  


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)  

For media enquiries, please contact:  

Team Media Manager – Lita Gqirana  

Cell.: (+27) 76 503 9655  

Email: litag@cricket.co.za 


Issued by: Cricket South Africa – Corporate Communications 


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