The England under-19 women sealed their One-Day series victory with an emphatic 108-run victory when they played the South Africa Emerging women in Potchefstroom on Saturday.
Aylish Cranstone and Georgia Hennessey scored 69 and 74 respectively to get England to 275/9 after winning the toss and choosing to bat first. South Africa struck early when Marie Kelly was bowled by Yolani Fourie for five in the second over, Jess Watson (6) followed; dismissed by Magdaleen Mphahlele at the start of the seventh. Mphahlele picked up her second and final wicket of the day when she caught Sophie Luff off her own bowling for 12 in the 13th over.
Cranstone and Hennessey shared a 76-run, fourth wicket stand, followed by a Hennessey lead 79-run, fifth-wicket stand with Izzy Collis (28). The South African bowlers once again contributed the third highest runs in the innings, giving away 35 runs in extras.
In their batting reply, Zizipho Mdebuka lost her wicket to Grace Gibbs for 15 in the fifth over. Robyn Searle (30) and Robyn Appels (31) shared a 62-run, second-wicket partnership to bring calm to the innings before the latter was dismissed by Fi Morris (3/21).
The South African batting effort was less than satisfactory. After Lara Goodall was removed by Morris, Stacy Lackay and Yolani Fourie were removed without scoring, while Chené Bester returned for three. Elriessa Theunissen (36*) and Maryka Kirchoff (13) shared the last meaningful partnership (34 runs) before the home side were bowled out for 167.
The Emerging team’s final assignment is a warm up match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, 22 October, ahead of their tour against the senior Momentum Proteas women.