Centuries from Tammy Beaumont and Sarah Taylor helped England Women trump South Africa Women by 69 runs in the second One-Day International at the County Ground in Hove on Tuesday (June 12) and level the three-match series 1-1.
The two crucial points lifted England up to the sixth spot in the eight-team ICC Women’s Championship. The decider will be played at the St Lawrence Ground, Canterbury on Friday.
Asked to bat, the Heather Knight-led side looked a completely different outfit than the one that lost the series opener by seven wickets. The home team rode on Beaumont (109-ball 101) and Taylor’s (106-ball 118) match-defining performances to post 331 for 6 in their 50 overs. In reply, Lizelle Lee blasted 117 off 107 deliveries but found no support at the other end as South Africa finished on 262 for 9 in 50 overs.
Amy Jones and Beaumont got England off to a solid start as the duo put on 71 runs for the opening wicket. After Jones fell for 38-ball 29, Beaumont changed gears to allow Taylor to settle in.
The two added 156 runs for the second wicket before Beaumont was dismissed by Ayabonga Khaka in the 37th over. Having lost her partner, the onus was now on Taylor to take England past the 300-run mark, and the wicketkeeper-batter didn’t disappoint.
Taylor smacked 13 boundaries enroute to her seventh ODI century. Knight (23-ball 24), Danielle Wyatt (12-ball 20*) and Katherine Brunt (7-ball 12*) too chipped in with handy cameos to guide England to a massive total.
South Africa’s chase got off to a perfect start with Lee and Laura Wolvaardt (62-ball 32) sharing a 142-run opening stand. While Lee kept on belting all the bowlers from one end, Wolvaardt played a good supporting act.
However, once Katherine Brunt got rid of Wolvaardt in the 26th over, South Africa’s top order collapsed. They lost four wickets in the space of 30 runs, including Lee, who smoked 13 fours and five sixes during her stay. Chloe Tryon (26-ball 44) and Marizanne Kapp (30-ball 29*) stuck around for a while but didn’t threaten England enough.
For England, Sophie Ecclestone finished with three wickets, while Brunt and Laura Marsh claimed two wickets each.