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England Women vs South Africa Women Test Day 2: England take initiative thanks to Sciver and Davidson-Richards

England's Alice Davidson-Richards walks off with Nat Sciver
England's Alice Davidson-Richards walks off with Nat Sciver after she was caught out on the last ball of the day

England took the initiative in the only Test between England Women and South Africa Women on day two,  thanks to centuries from Nat Sciver 119* and Alice Davidson-Richards 107.


Match Summary

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

England Women *328/6 (99.5 ov)

South Africa Women 284/10 (91.4 ov)

Day Break : Day 2 England Women lead by 44 runs




Nat Sciver and Alice Davidson-Richards both scored maiden Test hundreds as England grabbed the initiative on day two of the LV= Insurance Test at Taunton.

Coming together with their side wobbling at 121-5, Sciver (119*) and Davidson-Richards (107) combined for a superb partnership of 207 - England Women's joint-second highest partnership in Test cricket.

Kent and South East Stars all-rounder Davidson-Richards became the first England Women player to score a hundred on Test debut since Lesley Cooke in 1986, and the third overall. Her partnership with Sciver was also England's highest in Test cricket since 2013.

The pair took England 44 runs ahead of the visitors at the close of day two, with four England wickets in hand.

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)



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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