South Africa Go 1-0 Up At Worcester

South Africa's Lizelle Lee and Mignon du Preez (L) celebrate after winning the matc
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South Africa won the opening Royal London ODI of the summer, beating England by seven wickets at Blackfinch New Road.

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Lizelle Lee and captain Dane van Niekerk formed the backbone of their side’s 193-3, comfortably overcoming England’s 189-9 with Lee ending unbeaten on 92.

That England had anything to bowl at all was testament to the brilliance of Katherine Brunt. She hit a career-best 72 to help her side recover from 64-6.

Despite Brunt's heroics it never looked quite like being enough for the hosts, despite taking two early wickets, and they’ll want to come back strongly across the rest of the series at Hove and Canterbury.