The England Women have hosted a three-match ODI series against the South Africa Women. The series started yesterday with the first match at the County Ground, where the home team defeated South Africa by five wickets. English batter Emma Lamb became the Player of the Match for her brilliant century.
Sune Luus, the skipper of South Africa, won the toss at the County Ground and decided to bat first. So, Andrie Steyn and Laura Wolvaardt came off the pitch to start the innings for the visitors. Their approach was a little bit slow. They played many dot balls in the power play. But, both batters couldn’t make a long partnership. In the 7th over, South Africa lost their first wicket as Katherine Brunt picked up Andrie Steyn.
However, Laura Wolvaardt kept scoring runs. She was very careful on the pitch. Unfortunately, the remaining batters couldn’t help her to make a long partnership. Moreover, Laura Wolvaardt departed the pitch after scoring 43 runs for the team. It seemed South Africa could become all out before scoring 200 runs. But Chloe Tryon and Nadine de Klerk played very important innings in the lower order. They made a brilliant partnership of 97 runs for South Africa. However, Nadine de Klerk lost her wicket after scoring 38 runs, while Chloe Tryon stopped in 88 runs. Relying on these runs, South Africa set a target of 219 runs for England.
Defending the target, South Africa had a brilliant start. They got an early wicket as Marizanne Kapp picked up Tasmin Beaumont in the 3rd over. But the rest was in England’s hands. After losing the first wicket, Emma Lamb and Sophia Dunkley made a brilliant partnership of 78 runs. However, Sophia Dunkley lost her wicket after scoring 22 runs, but Emma Lamb didn’t stop. She made another partnership of 89 runs with the new batter, Nat Sciver. Both batters picked up half-centuries.
Nat Sciver departed the pitch after scoring 55 runs. Meanwhile, Emma Lamb didn’t miss getting the century. With 15 boundaries, Emma Lamb scored 102 runs in this match. Relying on her bat, England chased the target within 33 overs. As a result, England won the match by five wickets at the County Ground.