Job Done by Charlotte Edwards and the team… Valuable points to press for their automatic qualification in the World Cup in England next year.
In a rain affected chase, two interruptions – rain in the first and lightening in the second – interrupted England’s chase, but they were never behind the D/L or ‘par’ score, and with two reductions to the chase, eventually needing 30 off 60 balls, won with 6 overs to spare – the official margin being 7 wickets.
SA won the toss and batted – apparently looking forward to the advantages of a home crowd… home it was, crowd not so much – apart from family the estimate is less than 100 and people have spoken to say that there has been little in the way of publicity (apart from the excellent thing at the top!)
Chetty, opening bat and keeper, held the innings together with maturity as Shrubsole took the first four wickets to fall, including two wickets in two balls, Du Preez and Kapp. Wolvaardt a very new and fresh opening bat, so new and fresh that no-one seems to be sure how to spell her surname or her batting record, and Kapp LBW, Du Preez caught Knight at mid-wicket and then Lizette Lee, who had been trading in big powerful boundaries, had the top of her off-stump pushed back.
This opened the lower order to the other bowlers, Knight getting two including Chetty who had been suffering with cramp caught limply behind for a fine 90 (122 balls) and Tryon c&b for a duck. Grundy picked up Ismail 1 (6), and Gunn had van Niekerk caught Edwards at wide mid-on and bowled Luus 21 (32) to close the innings. Edwards herself dealt the blow, clean running out Letsaolo trying to steal a rather risky single.
The rather radical opening partnership of Winfield and Jones lasted 29 until a good slip catch by Luus, diving across to 2nd slip, gave Kapp the first wicket. Jones carried on at good pace, with controlled aggressive strokeplay, scoring at greater than a run a ball until as sharp catch of a travelling ball by Kapp off Tryon did for her.
Edwards had a controlled 33 (57) before a fine inside edge bowled her and then Taylor, who went into the first rain break still yet to score, and Knight combined for a 50+ run stand across the lightening break to secure a crucial 2 points.
4 days off for various safaris before the next ODI next friday at Centurion.