England Women vs South Africa Women Test: Rain ensures match drawn
Another rain affected day ensured that the only Test between England Women and South Africa Women ended in a draw today, at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.
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) & 181/5 (68.1 ov)
Result – Match Drawn
Rain intervened on the final day at Taunton to see the LV= Insurance Test between England Women and South Africa drawn.
The hosts went into the final day needing seven wickets, but only 43 overs were possible.
The two teams shared the points to leave the multi-format series tied at 2-2 going into the Royal London Series, which gets underway in Northampton on July 11.
Night-watcher, Tumi Sekhukhune played a pivotal role with an unbeaten 33 off 134 balls in three hours at the crease as the Momentum Proteas secured a tenacious draw against England in the final day of the only Test match at the County Ground in Taunton on Thursday. Following multiple rain delays, the two teams shared the four points on offer to kick off the multi-format tour.
With the help of important knocks from Marizanne Kapp’s 43 off 58 deliveries and Lizelle Lee’s 36 off 51 balls, Sekhukhune played the ideal anchoring role to help South Africa survive the onslaught from the English bowlers before rain interruptions lead the game to finish in a stalemate.
South Africa resumed the final day of the Test on 55 / 3, still 78 runs behind the home side with captain Suné Luus and Sekhukhune out in the middle after the visitors lost late wickets in the final hour of play on day three.
Despite holding their guard well early on, the experienced Kate Cross (2 / 56) found a way through Luus’ defence to trap her LBW for 10 to bring Lee to the crease. The hard-hitting batter combined exceptionally well with Sekhukhune, finding the balance between attack and patience to record a crucial 54-run partnership before Lee was caught at mid-off after attempting another over the top shot.
Shortly after taking a second innings lead with Sekhukhune still going strong alongside Kapp, both sets of players had to go off the field due to rain. Similarly to yesterday’s stoppages, the delay lasted more than two hours, with an early lunch also taken.
After the rain finally stopped, the two batters continued where they left off, adding important runs to the scoreboard on their way to a 63-run, sixth-wicket stand to take South Africa to a 48-run lead on 181 / 5 before the showers returned.
With time running out in the day and the inclement weather hanging around, both captains eventually shook hands and the team settled on a draw.
The Player of the Match award went to England’s Nat Sciver for her 169 not out and a first-innings wicket.
England Women v South Africa Women multi-format series
LV= Insurance Test Match
Monday June 27-Thursday June 30: England v South Africa. Match drawn. 2-2
Royal London Series
Monday July 11: England v South Africa (The County Ground, Northampton, 2pm) Two points
Friday July 15: England v South Africa (Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol 2pm) Two points
Monday July 18: England v South Africa (The Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester, 2pm) Two points
Vitality IT20 Series
Thursday July 21: England v South Africa (The Cloud County Ground, Chelmsford, 7pm) Two points
Saturday July 23: England v South Africa (New Road, Worcester, 2.30pm) Two points
Monday July 25: England v South Africa (The Incora County Ground, Derby, 6.30pm) Two points
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), 4-64 (Sune Luus - 33.1 ov), 5-118 (Lizelle Lee - 48.6 ov)
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
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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