Women’s warm-ups: England trounces South Africa
England throws in a power-packed performance to swat South Africa away by 121 runs in practice game
Captain Charolette Edwards' blistering 50 laid the foundation for England's mammoth 180 against South Africa at Moors Cricket Ground, Colombo.
England sounded a strong warning to its opponents by crushing South Africa by 121 runs in a warm-up fixture at Moors Sports Club in Colombo, ahead of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 that kicks off on September 26 in Galle.
Opting to bat, England put together a power-packed performance, which saw it blaze away to 180 for four in 20 overs. The innings was driven by Charlotte Edwards, the captain, who got the innings off to a blistering start in the company of Laura Marsh (22).
Edwards, who made 54 off just 38 balls, scored seven boundaries in her knock. She was well aided by Sarah Taylor (31) as the duo put together a vital 46-run stand for the second wicket in just 28 balls to build a solid platform.
Edwards eventually retired, but by then England was firmly in the driver's seat. Lydia Greenway, the No. 4 batsman, contributed 23 off 21 balls to take England close to 150. Arran Brindle (15 not out) and Danielle Wyatt (24 not out) provided the impetus towards the end, as England scored 43 off the last four overs to reach 180 for 4.
South Africa tried as many as ten bowlers, but none proved to be effective on a flat batting track, with Marcia Letsoalo, Dinesh Devnarine and Sunette Loubser picking up one wicket apiece.
Showers briefly interrupted South Africa’s chase, but it was always going to be a stiff task against a strong England bowling line-up. The fact that just one batsman managed to get into double figures summed up its abject batting display.
Shandre Fritz, who opened the batting, top-scored with 33, but wickets fell like ninepins at the other end. South Africa was eventually bowled out for 59 in the 19th over.All the England bowlers chipped in with wickets – Anya Shrubsole, Danielle Hazell, Laura Marsh and Holly Colvin picked up two each.
South Africa opens their campaign against hosts Sri Lanka on September 26, while England takes on Pakistan the following day.