England v South Africa: Sophie Ecclestone stars in comfortable T20 win

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Third Royal London Twenty20 worldwide, Derby
England 176-6 (20 overs): Ecclestone 33* (12), Wyatt 30 (25); Mlaba 3-22
South Africa 138-6 (20 overs): Brits 59 (57); Kemp 2-18, Ecclestone 2-24
England gained by 38 runs; gained multi-format collection 14-2
Scorecard

Sophie Ecclestone starred with bat and ball as England accomplished a collection clear sweep with a complete 38-run victory towards South Africa within the third Twenty20 at Derby.

The 23-year-old top-scored with a career-best 33 not out from 12 balls to assist England publish an imposing 176-6.

She then took 2-24 with the ball as South Africa struggled in reply.

Tamzin Brits confirmed resistance with 59 however the vacationers might solely limp to 138-6 from their 20 overs.

The win means England have gained all six white-ball matches following the Check draw within the multi-format collection to wrap up a 14-2 victory earlier than the beginning of the Commonwealth Video games on Friday.

After the in-form Sophia Dunkley fell to the primary ball of the match, 17-year-old Alice Capsey hit a spritely 25 from 17 balls as England’s aggressive method noticed them go previous 50 within the powerplay – whereas dropping two wickets – for the third successive match.

A career-best 3-22 from Nonkululeko Mlaba threatened to reel England in at occasions however Ecclestone’s vigorous cameo, together with 26 runs within the remaining over that featured two large sixes, lifted them to a hefty whole.

Freya Kemp, the second 17-year-old within the England facet, took 2-18 on her worldwide debut as South Africa by no means seemed like threatening that rating.

England finish collection in fashion

Regardless of already having gained the collection, England couldn’t afford to take this match calmly with their Commonwealth Video games opener towards Sri Lanka simply 5 days away.

They made the worst potential begin when opener Dunkley, who has a century and two fifties in her final 5 white-ball appearances, was dismissed first ball – the primary time England have misplaced a wicket with the primary ball of a ladies’s T20 worldwide.

That prompted England to advertise Capsey up the order and she or he responded with a quick however glowing innings that included 4 successive boundaries – all in several areas of the pitch – earlier than being dismissed by Masabata Klaas.

That set the tone for the remainder of the innings as England continued to attain runs shortly regardless of dropping common wickets, with South Africa’s trigger hampered as soon as once more by a number of misfields.

Maia Bouchier, who hit 18 from 17 balls, was the sufferer of a weird dismissal when she was run out after failing to get again in her crease – although replays confirmed she would have been dismissed caught behind anyway had South Africa opted to evaluate.

It was the world’s primary spinner Ecclestone, coming in at quantity eight, who then dragged England as much as a powerful whole, smashing three fours and two large sixes as Klaas went for 26 within the remaining over of the innings – the joint second-most runs scored in an over in ladies’s T20 cricket.

Nat Sciver as soon as once more stood in as captain for the injured Heather Knight, who missed out as a precaution after having an injection for a hip downside, with Knight later telling BBC Sport she was “hopeful” of being match for England’s Commonwealth Video games opener.

South Africa limp to a different defeat

England made a nice begin with the ball as Izzy Wong dismissed Lara Goodall with an exquisite inswinger that cleaned out center stump within the first over of South Africa’s reply.

That introduced Brits to the crease, taking part in in her first match of the tour instead of South Africa’s stand-in skipper Sune Luus, who fell ailing on Sunday night.

The vacationers had been already with out all-rounder Marizanne Kapp, who needed to return residence for private causes, and common captain Dane van Niekerk, who missed the tour with an ankle damage, and their absence was keenly felt.

Brits’ defiant 59 from 57 balls briefly threatened a profitable chase however no South Africa batter might keep together with her lengthy sufficient to maintain the run fee in verify.

Opener Anneke Bosch turned Kemp’s first wicket in worldwide cricket when she was stumped after some unbelievable glovework by wicketkeeper Amy Jones.

Ecclestone then took the important thing wicket Laura Wolvaardt for 13 to all however finish South Africa’s resistance, with Brits finally holing out to Ecclestone within the deep for Kemp’s second wicket as their innings led to timid trend.

‘There’s an actual buzz in regards to the squad’ – response

Participant of the collection Sophie Ecclestone to BBC Sport: “After I come into bat I’ve one job – hit sixes! It got here off tonight. I used to be glad to get some runs. I would like Katherine Brunt’s spot at seven after she retires so that is the intention long run.

“We’re so excited for the Commonwealth Video games. We have now such an excellent squad now. There’s an actual buzz in regards to the squad. Competing for a gold medal at residence, it does not get a lot larger than that.”

England bowler Katherine Brunt: “Alice Capsey was 10 days contemporary to the world and Freya Kemp wasn’t even born once I made my debut! The kids hold issues contemporary.

“Now it is on to the Commonwealths. Final time I had a gold medal was the World Cup in 2017. A medal match sounds actually cool. I by no means thought I would be round for the Commonwealth Video games, so it is thrilling.”

Former England spinner Alex Hartley: “Sophie Ecclestone’s innings took the sport away from South Africa. In case you low cost her innings, and that brutal final over, it may need been a lot nearer as a contest. It has been a troublesome collection for South Africa.”

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