England Hand South Africa Heavy Defeat

Charlotte Edwards
Charlotte Edwards raises her bat after scoring a half-century for England against South Africa
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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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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