England Takes Women’s T20 Series

England’s Sarah Taylor once again played a starring role in her side’s four-wicket victory over the Women Proteas to clinch the three-match women’s T20 series 2-1 at the Wanderers on Sunday.  Taylor scored 60 from 40 deliveries to steer her side to victory after South Africa set a 132-run target for them to chase in the second televised match of the series.  The hosts did well to post 131/4 at the end of their innings after they lost the wickets of Trisha Chetty (0), Dané Van Niekerk (5) and Marizanne Kapp (0) in just 1.5 overs after they were put in to bat.
Captain, Mignon Du Preez and Lizelle Lee brought life back to the innings, sharing a 89-run, fourth-wicket partnership to move their side from 6/3 to 95/4 at 16.1 overs when Du Preez was run out for 39 after she passed 1 000 T20 runs.  The milestones continued as Lee hit a career best, 69 not out from 61 balls and was joined by Chloe Tryon, who played a helpful cameo of 16 off 13 balls to get their side to a more respectable score.  South Africa tried to stem England’s run scoring, but they did not have enough runs on the scoreboard to defend.

Shabnim Ismail was the leading wicket taker with 3/27, but England were scoring at 8.58 runs per over, with Heather Knight and Tammy Beaumont adding helpful contributions of 25 and 21* respectively to get their side over the line in the end.  The hosts do not have time to wallow in their disappointment however, their tour against the West Indies begins on Wednesday, 24 February.  They will play a three-match One-Day International (ODI) and three-match T20 series before they depart for the ICC Women’s World T20 in India.