Brindle And Greenway Set Up England Victory
England Women 297-3 (Greenway 125no, Brindle 107no) beat
South Africa Women 235 (Chetty 72) by 62 runs
First One-Day International, Potchefstroom
Twin centuries from Lydia Greenway and Arran Brindle set England Women on course for a 62-run win over South Africa Women in the first One-Day International in Potchefstroom.
Greenway was unbeaten on 125 and Brindle on 107 as England scored 297 for three before dismissing South Africa for 235 in reply to ensure Charlotte Edwards led her side to victory in her 150th ODI appearance.
Edwards herself fell for just one and after Danielle Wyatt (21) and Sarah Taylor (33) failed to kick on after making starts, Greenway and Brindle - who both scored their maiden ODI centuries - added 218 for the fourth wicket.
Greenway faced 127 balls, hitting 12 boundaries while Brindle scored at a slightly quicker pace, hitting 15 fours in 102 balls to set up a winning score.
South Africa then lost the wicket of Shandre Ftritz for nine before a 143-run partnership for the second wicket between Trisha Chetty (72) and Alison Hodgkinson (71) put the match in the balance.
England's spinners helped them regain the initiative as Laura Marsh dismissed both set players and Danielle Hazell removed Crizelda Brits (5) and Mignon du Preez (8) cheaply.
South Africa attempted to rally and get back in the game through Marizanne Kapp, who made 17, Charlize van der Westhuizen, who hit 20 and then Dane van Niekerk, who was unbeaten on 16, but England proved too strong.
Wyatt also grabbed two wickets as South Africa lost their last four wickets for just one run; Isa Guha and Jenny Gunn took a wicket apiece.
The two sides meet in the second game of three on 23rd October, also in Potchefstroom.
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