England Women Defeat South Africa, Taking a 2-0 Lead in the ODI Series


Last Updated: July 16, 2022, 10:57 IST

Sophie Ecclestone of England is congratulated by team mates after taking her fifth wicket during the 2022 ICC Women's Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and England (Photo: ICC)

Sophie Ecclestone of England is congratulated by team mates after taking her fifth wicket during the 2022 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Semi Final match between South Africa and England (Photo: ICC)

England Women’s team top order, led by Sophia Dunkley and Emma Lamb, gave a commanding performance as they thrashed South Africa by a massive 114 runs in the second One-day International (ODI) at the County Ground here to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series

England Women’s team top order, led by Sophia Dunkley and Emma Lamb, gave a commanding performance as they thrashed South Africa by a massive 114 runs in the second One-day International (ODI) at the County Ground here to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Dunkley smashed 107 off just 93 balls and right-arm off-spinner Charlie Dean claimed 4/53 as England triumphed with nine overs to spare.It was Dunkley’s maiden ODI century which laid the foundation for England’s mammoth 337/5 in 50 overs in the second ODI after the hosts elected to bat first. Openers Tammy Beaumont and Emma Lamb got England Women going with a fine opening partnership 127.

Dunkley was well-supported by Nat Sciver as they stitched together 142 for the third wicket, with all four of England’s top batters passing the half-century mark.In reply, South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt and Andrie Steyn gave the tourists a solid start but the side was ultimately dismissed for 223 as England took an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Charlie Dean was the wrecker-in-chief, finishing with figures of 4/53, with the tweaker well-supported by young pace bowler Issy Wong (3/36) as England increased their points lead in the multi-format series to 6-2.

Brief scores: England Women 337/5 in 50 overs (Tammy Beaumont 58, Emma Lamb 67, Sophia Dunkley 107, Nat Sciver 63; Nadine de Klerk 2/65, Chloe Tryon 2/34) beat South Africa Women 223 in 41 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 55, Marizanne Kapp 73; Charlie Dean 4/53, Issy Wong 3/36) by 114 runs.

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