Thursday 14 August 2008 

England Women Make It 4-0 Over South Africa In Shenley

Charlotte Edwards scored an unbeaten half-century to guide England Women to a six-wicket win and a 4-0 series lead over South Africa Women in the fourth One Day International at Shenley.

Having been asked to bat South Africa scored 50 more runs than they did batting second three days ago as they were bowled out for 158 before Edwards' 58 not out saw England home with five overs to spare.

Alicia Smith became the first South African to hit a half-century in the series, the opener hitting 68 from 110 balls before being run out.

Only Shandre Fritz (31) made a start as the other South Africans were once again struggling against England's bowling attack.

Fritz was run out and all nine other players made single figure scores and 19 wides given away by England contributed to extras making the third-highest contribution of 23.

There were two wickets for Isa Guha, Lynsey Askew and Laura Marsh while Any Shrubsole marked her international debut with the last wicket to fall, that of Marcia Letsoalo, caught by Guha for three.

England experimented with the batting order, opening with Jenny Gunn and Beth Morgan, the former falling for 11 and the latter for 26 as the tourists sensed a way back into the contest.

A double strike from Ashlyn Kilowan to remove Ebony Rainford-Brent for 17 and Laura Marsh for a 14-ball duck saw England slump to 58 for four before the experience of Edwards and Claire Taylor, batting at five and six, steadied the ship.

Taylor anchored their unbroken stand of 101 with 37 from 72 balls as Edwards reached 58 from 106 balls which included nine fours.

Kilowan finished with three for 19 from her ten overs.

England had already sealed the series with wins at Canterbury, Lord's, and Shenley.

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