England women seal T20 series victory

England's Sarah Taylor

Taylor hit 10 fours and played some subtle reverse strokes

England women added the Twenty20 series to their one-day international success over South Africa, winning the deciding match in Johannesburg by four wickets.

Sarah Taylor hit her third successive fifty and, despite losing three wickets in eight balls, England reached their target of 132 with 27 balls left.

Batting first, South Africa were 6-3 in the second over after Anya Shrubsole took two wickets in two balls.

But Lizelle Lee hit eight fours and two sixes in a career best 69 not out.

When England started their reply to the hosts’ 131-4 they made rapid progress, racing to 30-1 after only three overs to lay the platform for victory.

Their 2-1 series win, which matched the ODI series result, puts them in excellent fettle for their opening World T20 match against Bangladesh on 17 March.

Taylor’s talent shines again

It was another consummate display from the 26-year-old Sussex star, who was unsurprisingly named both player of the match and the series.


In her 76th international she passed 2,000 T20 runs, while her 15th half century came from only 33 deliveries.

Using her feet authoritatively and playing a variety of strokes all round the wicket, including some nonchalant reverse sweeps and dinks, she hit three fours in four balls from left-armer Chloe Tryon, before she was superbly caught and bowled with 17 still required.

Lee blunts England charge

Earlier Taylor had displayed her wicketkeeping talents with a sharp leg-side stumping in the first over of the match, before Shrubsole put England firmly in command with some devilish in-swingers.

Lee had come to the crease facing a hat-trick but played a purposeful innings, seizing on any short deliveries with some powerful hooking and precise cut strokes.

She was ably supported by her captain Mignon Du Preez in a partnership of 89 which was ended in the 17th over by a direct hit from Heather Knight that knocked out the middle stump, a rare fielding highlight for England, who were guilty of several alarming blemishes.

What they said

England captain Charlotte Edwards: “I’m really pleased – firstly to win the series, and the way we batted.

“Full credit to to South Africa – they really pushed us. We’ve got some areas to work on, as a collective we haven’t bowled or fielded well enough. But overall I’m really happy.

“Sarah Taylor was fantastic – she always has been. Hopefully she’s saved some runs for the World Twenty20 in India.”

South Africa captain Mignon du Preez: “Unfortunately we were on the back foot early on. We did well to recover but we couldn’t get over the line. England played brilliantly. We’re in a good space – it’s been a very good, competitive series.”

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