Taylors Make Winning Easy For England At Canterbury

Claire Taylor top scored with 83 and namesake Sarah hit 56 as England Women beat South Africa Women by the considerable margin of 121 runs in the opening NatWest One Day International against England Women in Canterbury. England closed on 254 for six before their South African opponents were bowled out for 133 in 41.5 overs, Holly Colvin taking three for 17. Sarah Taylor shared an opening stand of 99 with Caroline Atkins (38) which put England in a strong position, and after Atkins' innings spanned 92 balls, Claire Taylor upped the scoring rate, hitting seven fours in her 83 from 70 balls. She added 99, the second such partnership of the innings, with captain Charlotte Edwards, who made 38 from 44 balls. Sunette Loubser removed both openers to finish with two for 43 while once Taylor was run out, Lydia Greenway (nine) and Jenny Gunn (four) were dismissed cheaply as England pushed for quick runs late on. Beth Morgan was left unbeaten on two with Ashlyn Kilowan picking up two for 53 and Alicia Smith one for 45. South Africa's pursuit of 255 got off to a poor start when Daleen Terblanche was run out for five and a double strike from the impressive Isa Guha reduced the tourists to 37 for three. Guha had captain Cri-Zelda Brits caught by Greenway for a duck and Analie Minny trapped in front for five and the wickets continued to tumble as England pressed home their advantage. Colvin had Smith caught by wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor and Shandre Fritz was bowled by five and once opener Olivia Anderson, the only player to show some resistance, became Taylor's third catch of the innings, Nicola Shaw the bowler, defeat for South Africa was inevitable. Colvin continued her spell, picking up the wicket of Loubser, bowled for two with Edwards picking up a couple of tail-end wickets and Gunn ending proceedings by bowling Marcia Latsaolo for four. "I’m really happy with the convincing start to the NatWest Women’s Series," Edwards said after the match. "There were some good individual performances from the two Taylors. "We’re really looking forward to continuing with this form as we head into Lord’s on Friday." The match was the first of five One Day Internationals which precede three Twenty20 Internationals. England Women: Sarah Taylor (wicket-keeper), Caroline Atkins, Claire Taylor, Charlotte Edwards (captain), Lydia Greenway, Jenny Gunn, Beth Morgan, Nicola Shaw, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin, Isa Guha South Africa Women: Daleen Terblanche, Olivia Anderson, Cri-Zelda Brits (captain), Analie Minny, Alicia Smith, Shandre Fritz, Trisha Chetty (wicket-keeper), Sunette Loubser, Charlize VD Westhuizen, Ashlyn Kilowan, Marcia Letsaolo © Cricket World 2008