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England Women vs South Africa Women, Only Test Day 3: England in control despite the rain

England Women took control of the only Test, on Day three, despite the inclement weather.

Match Summary

England Women vs South Africa Women, Only Test, South Africa Women tour of England

England Women 417/8d (120 ov)

South Africa Women 284/10 (91.4 ov) & *55/3 (25 ov)

Day Break : Day 3 South Africa Women trail by 78 runs


Match Reports


Issy Wong took two late wickets to liven up a frustrating, rain-affected day at Taunton and leave the LV= Insurance Test fascinatingly poised heading into day four.

The Warwickshire and Central Sparks pacer dismissed Lara Goodall and Laura Woolvardt in a lively evening session consisting of just 12.5 overs.

Earlier England had extended their first innings total to 417 - and Nat Sciver her personal tally to 169* - as England amassed a lead of 133 and took control of the Test match.

Wong's pair of wickets and Kate Cross's earlier dismissal of Andrie Steyn means South Africa will resume 78 runs behind on the final morning, with seven second-innings wickets in hand.


Two lengthy rain delays meant there were only 45.1 overs bowled on day three of four of the once-off Test match between the Momentum Proteas and England at the County Ground in Taunton on Wednesday. The visitors ended the day’s play on 55 / 3, still trailing by 78 runs.  

Before the rain stoppages, England’s Nat Sciver continued where she left off the previous day as she went on to notch up a career-best 169* off 263 deliveries (21 fours), while low-order batter, Sophie Ecclestone contributed with a handy 35 off 64 balls before the home side declared on 417 / 8.  

The only two English wickets to fall in the morning were taken by Nonkululeko Mlaba’s (2 / 74) left-arm spin and a moment of brilliance from fielder Nadine de Klerk, who sniped at a single stump to run out Kate Cross (1).  

In their second innings with the bat, South Africa suffered an early blow as they lost Andrie Steyn (3) off the bowling of Cross. Top-order batters, Laura Wolvaardt (16) and Lara Goodall (27) then defended their wickets staunchly before the heavens opened up for the first time as an early lunch was taken.  

Although the players returned after the interval, the rain soon returned 30 minutes later. After another delay lasting more than two hours, play resumed at 18h30 local time as England went onto remove both Goodall and Wolvaardt to end the day on a high before stumps was called.  

South Africa will resume on day four on Thursday, 30 June at 11h00 local time (12h00 SA time) with Suné Luus (4*) and nightwatch-woman Tumi Sekhukhune at the crease with 109 overs to be played on the final day.  

Match Stats

South Africa Women 1st Innings Fall of wickets:1-14 (Andrie Steyn - 4.3 ov), 2-38 (Laura Wolvaardt - 11.6 ov), 3-44 (Lara Goodall - 16.1 ov), 4-45 (Lizelle Lee - 17.4 ov), 5-89 (Sune Luus - 30.3 ov), 6-161 (Anneke Bosch - 51.4 ov), 7-202 (Nadine de Klerk - 64.4 ov), 8-227 (Sinalo Jafta - 73.6 ov), 9-276 (Marizanne Kapp - 87.1 ov), 10-284 (Nonkululeko Mlaba - 91.4 ov)

England Women 1st Innings Fall of Wickets: 1-65 (Tammy Beaumont - 18.5 ov), 2-74 (Emma Lamb - 22.4 ov), 3-86 (Heather Knight - 30.1 ov), 4-120 (Sophia Dunkley - 40.3 ov), 5-121 (Amy Jones - 41.5 ov), 6-328 (Alice Davidson-Richards - 99.5 ov), 7-414 (Sophie Ecclestone - 119.2 ov), 8-417 (Kate Cross - 119.6 ov)

South Africa Women 2nd Innings Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Andrie Steyn - 3.3 ov), 2-44 (Lara Goodall - 18.5 ov), 3-45 (Laura Wolvaardt - 20.6 ov)

Playing XIs

England Women - Tammy Beaumont, Emma Lamb, Heather Knight(c), Natalie Sciver, Sophia Dunkley, Amy Jones(wk), Alice Davidson-Richards, Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross, Issy Wong, Lauren Bell

South Africa Women - Andrie Steyn, Laura Wolvaardt, Lara Goodall, Sune Luus(c), Lizelle Lee, Marizanne Kapp, Anneke Bosch, Nadine de Klerk, Sinalo Jafta(wk), Tumi Sekhukhune, Nonkululeko Mlaba


Match Details

Start Time: 11:00

Toss: England Women won the toss and decided to field

Venue: The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton

Officials: Sue Redfern, Anna Harris, Nigel Llong, David Jukes


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