England Women 91-1 (Edwards 62no) beat
South Africa Women 89-4 by nine wickets
First Twenty20 International, Chelmsford
England Women opened their Twenty20 International series against South Africa with a thumping nine-wicket win in Chelmsford, chasing down a target of 90 in just 13.3 overs.
South Africa reached 89 for four from their innings, restricted by England who then made short work of their modest target.
Dane van Niekerk (36 in 54 balls) and Mignon du Preez (28 in 41 balls) top scored for South Africa while Katherine Brunt, Danielle Hazell and Natalie Sciver took a wicket apiece.
Du Preez fell when she was excellently caught by Lydia Greenway running in from the mid-wicket boundary off Sciver, who followed that up with the run out of Lizelle Lee for four.
England's only wicket - that of Lauren Winfield - also fell via a run out when she was sent on her way by van Niekerk for four.
By then, Charlotte Edwards had already helped her side get off to a flyer, and she went on to score an unbeaten 62 in 54 balls, her ninth T20I half-century.
Sarah Taylor was unbeaten on 21 in 22 balls as England went 1-0 up in the three-match series with plenty in reserve.
The second game is in Northampton on Wednesday (3rd September).
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