Anya Shrubsole took a career best five wickets for 17 runs in her 10-over spell to lead England to a seven-wicket victory over the Momentum Proteas women in their second Super Sixes match at the Barabati Stadium on Sunday.
Shrubsole's spell included five maiden overs, leaving a shell-shocked South African batting line-up to scramble to 77 runs before they were skittled out in 29.3 overs.
Everything went England captain Charlotte Edwards' way from the beginning. She won the toss and chose to field before she let Shrubsole loose. A clinical performance by England saw South Africa lose Yolandi Potgieter (1), Mignon du Preez (0) and Trisha Chetty (9) in the first five overs. Marizanne Kapp and Shandré Fritz tried to pull a partnership together after Cri-Zelda Brits was trapped lbw for four, but they only managed 24 runs before Shrubsole knocked over Kapp's stumps for 13.
The rest of the line up went the same way as the top order, with the exception of Dané van Niekerk and Shabin Ismail who managed 17* and 16 respectively.
England's reply was swift, despite them losing three quick wickets thanks to Kapp who removed Edwards for 6 at the end of the third over and Chloe Tryon, who struck twice in the fourth over, removing Danielle Wyatt (14) and Sarah Taylor (0).
The fourth wicket partnership between Lydia Greenway (25) and Arran Brindle (28) provided the 55 runs needed to win in 9.3 overs.
South Africa are now out of the running for a spot in the top four, but will face Sri Lanka in their last match of the Super Sixes on Wednesday before it is decided whom they will face for the fifth and sixth place play-off.
Captain, Mignon du Preez was disappointed at her team’s performance today but is still determined to finish the tournament on a high.
"We would have loved to come out on top in this one but we couldn't get ahead from the front. We can't dwell on this. We have to keep looking forward so that we can face Sri Lanka on a clean slate. They have done really well in this tournament and we need to re-group and focus on what needs to be done going into our match on Wednesday," she said.