ENG W vs SA W 1st ODI: Frontline English batter Emma Lamb and all-rounder Nat Sciver made noteworthy contributions as England overpowered South Africa to win the first ODI by five wickets. England takes a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
Chloe Tryon’s blistering knock powers Proteas to a decent Total
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, South Africa was restricted to a total of 218/10 in 47.4 overs. Chloe Tryon was the highlight of South Africa’s innings as she came to the rescue and scored a fascinating knock of 88 runs of 73 balls.
Laura Wolvaardt stood on the crease and survived the fierce English bowling attack after a top-order batting collapse. Wolvaardt scored 43 and stood strongly alongside Tyron. Tyron was then supported by Klerk as the duo stitched a 97-run stand to rescue the hosts from falling further as half of the Proteas squad was in the pavilion with 108 runs on board. However, Tryon lost her wicket to Nat Sciver at deep-wicket & there came an end to a blooming stand. Klerk was the lone fighter on the crease with no support from the rest of the batters. Soon she fell after scoring 38 runs which marked the end of Proteas Womne’s innings.
For England, Nat Sciver destroyed the Proteas batting order and scalped four wickets for 59 runs. Katherine Brunt too bowled grippingly and chipped in three wickets for 18 runs in her 9 overs. Meanwhile, Dean and Ecclestone got a wicket apiece.
Lamb-Sciver’s 89-run stand guides England over the line in 32.1 overs
Chasing a modest total of 219 runs, England lost an early wicket in the powerplay before Dunkley and Lamb set a 78-run second-wicket partnership. Lamb went on to score a match-winning knock of 102 runs whereas Dunkley was dismissed on 22.
Later, Lamb and Sciver set the stage for England and their partnership of 89-runs stood out to be a game-changing moment. Sciver scored a splendid knock of 55 runs of 36 balls. In the end, skipper Knight and Wyatt paved the way and finished the match by scoring 20 and 14 respectively as England chased down the total in just 32.1 overs.
For South Africa, Nadine de Klerk grabbed a couple of crucial wickets whereas Kapp, Khaka, and Sekhukhune ended up with a wicket apiece.
South Africa will aim to make a comeback and display stiff resistance in the second ODI of the series. The second match is scheduled to take place on 15th July at the Gloucestershire Cricket Ground.
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