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England beat South Africa by 68 runs: Women’s Cricket World Cup – live!

  • England post 373-5 in first innings
  • Updates from the match at the County Ground, Bristol
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People will tell you that catches win matches, or bowlers win matches, but sometimes it just takes one partnership. Tammy Beaumont and Sarah Taylor more or less won this match with their magisterial stand of 275 in 34.5 overs. In the field, England only had to be professional, and they were, aside from all those fumbles when Lizelle Lee was batting.

Perverse as it sounds, a big partnership can also lose a match. Lee and Laura Wolvaardt may have set a record for South Africa’s highest stand in a World Cup, but they set the wrong tone, allowing far too many dots and struggling to rotate the strike. Their successors, especially Mignon du Preez and Chloe Tryon, showed great audacity and ingenuity, but it was already too late. South Africa’s consolation prize is a place in the reference books, as the first women’s team ever to make 300 batting second in a one-day international.

50th over: South Africa 305-9 (Khaka 4, Daniels 0) The innings ends as it began, with too many dots, and England complete a resounding victory.

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