Edwards Sets Up Series Win For England

Sarah Taylor plays a shot on the off-side during England's win
Sarah Taylor plays a shot on the off-side during England's win
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England Women 141-3 (Edwards 75no) beat
South Africa Women 99 by 42 runs
Second Twenty20 International, Northampton

Charlotte Edwards hit an unbeaten 75 in 61 balls to lay the foundations for England Women to score a 42-run win over South Africa Women in the second Twenty20 International in Northampton.

Her innings - a 10th Twenty20 International half-century - helped England post 141 for three, which they defended by dismissing South Africa for 99 in 18.3 overs.

After a comprehensive nine-wicket win in the opening match, this victory puts England into an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series with one game remaining.

Winning the toss and choosing to bat first, Edwards struck 11 fours as she batted through England's innings.

Lauren Winfield (22), Sarah Taylor (15), Natalie Sciver (14) and Lydia Greenway (13 not out) offered support while Moseline Daniels took two for 28 and Dane van Niekerk one for 13.

Van Niekerk then put England under some pressure with the bat during an innngs of 34 in 47 balls at the top of the order.

However, unlike Edwards, she was unable to stay at the crease long enough to keep her side in the game and despite Mignon du Preez making 15 and Marizanne Kapp 27, England quickly pegged them back.

They were the only three players to reach double figures as Jenny Gunn (3-13), Heather Knight (2-14), Anya Shrubsole (2-26), Katherine Brunt (1-21) and Danielle Hazell (1-17) all took wickets.

South Africa collapsed from 71 for two for 99 all out - losing eight wickets for 28 runs - as unlike in the opening match, they played much more aggressively to try to stay in the game, although (as is often the case) they lost wickets very quickly as a result.

They will hope to strike the right balance in the third and final game at Edgbaston on Sunday 7th September as England strive to complete a series clean sweep.

© Cricket World 2014

England v India Fixtures/Results
13th-16th August: Only Test, Wormsley
India Women 114 & 183-4 (Mandhana 51) beat
England Women 92 & 202 by six wickets
21st August: 1st ODI, Scarborough
England Women 153-3 (Edwards 57) beat
India Women 193-8 (Mandhana 74) by 42 runs
23rd August: 2nd ODI, Scarborough
England Women 214-9 (Edwards 108no) beat
India Women 201 (Gunn 4-23) by 13 runs
25th August: 3rd ODI, Lord's
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled
England v South Africa Fixtures/Results
1st September: 1st T20I, Chelmsford
England Women 91-1 (Edwards 62no) beat
South Africa Women 89-4 by nine wickets
3rd September: 2nd T20I, Northampton
England Women 141-3 (Edwards 75no) beat
South Africa Women 99 by 42 runs
7th September: 3rd T20I, Edgbaston
England Women 126-6 (Winfield 74) beat
South Africa Women 118-6 by eight runs