The first ODI victory over South Africa for England women is 5-wicket thanks to Emma Lamb and Nat Sciver
Nat Sciver’s all-around performance and Emma Lamb’s outstanding century propelled England to a five-wicket victory over South Africa in the first One-Day International.
In the opening ODI of the three-match series on Monday at Northampton, England defeated South Africa by a margin of five wickets thanks to an outstanding century from Emma Lamb and an all-around effort from Nat Sciver. With this, England has now led the series 1-0. South Africa was bowled out for 218 in 47.4 overs while batting first. The two best batters for South Africa were Chloe Tryon (88) and Laura Wolvaardt (43) respectively. Nat Sciver’s medium-pace, 4/59, utterly crushed the South African batting.
The majority of England’s 219-point rally came from Lamb (102) and Nat Sciver (55). The total was surpassed by the hosts in in 32.1 overs. With her 2/44, Nadine de Klerk was the guests’ favorite bowler.
When South Africa batted first, they got off to a rough start when Andrie Steyn was caught leg-before-wicket by Katherine Brunt for 14. Following Lara Goodall’s cleanup by Brunt, the visitors were reduced to 2/34 when captain Heather Knight made a fine catch at slip.
Laura Wolvaardt and Captain Sune Luus made an effort to turn things around for SA, but Luus was dismissed for 7 by spinner Sophie Ecclestone after her stumps were castled, dropping the side to 3/52. In addition, Marizanne Kapp was caught by Sciver for 12 after an outstanding catch by Kate Cross at mid-on.
Wolvaardt and Tryon put together a brief 35-run stand after this fourth wicket fell at 73, but the latter was clean bowled by spinner Charlie Dean for a well-made 43 from 72. For 108, half of the South African team was still inside the hut.
With the help of a 97-run stand, Tryon and Nadine de Klerk kept the visitors from going farther under. For a time, they made it difficult for the hosts to get wickets. When Tryon got his half-century and continued to score runs, she gave a catch to Cross at deep midwicket and lost her wicket to Sciver.
The other batters were unable to provide Klerk with the assistance she required. She was the final batter to be struck out for 38 runs at 218.
Katherine Brunt (3/18) and Sciver (4/59) were England top two bowlers. Ecclestone and Dean each scored one wicket.
After Kapp enticed Tammy Beaumont to drive and castled her stumps, England lost Tammy Beaumont for one run while chasing 219.
Following that, Lamb and Sophia Dunkley held a 78-run stand. Klerk trapped Dunkley’s leg-before-wicket for 22 as the game came to a close. England had an 86/2 lead.
Sciver and Lamb scored 89 runs together to eliminate the hosts from the match with yet another outstanding partnership. Sciver reached her fifty and continued to rule the game. After scoring 55 runs and bringing England up to 175 runs, Sciver lost her wicket. With almost half an inning remaining, 44 runs remained to be scored.
Lamb scored a century but was defeated by Tumi Sekhukhune for 202 runs.
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