England women bounce back after South Africa loss, beat New Zealand by 54 runs

England ended a day of fluctuating fortunes top of the women's Twenty20 tri-series table after bouncing back from a defeat by South Africa to beat New Zealand by 54 runs at Taunton on Saturday.

Agence France-Presse, Jun 24, 2018 13:24:59 IST

London: England ended a day of fluctuating fortunes top of the women's Twenty20 tri-series table after bouncing back from a defeat by South Africa to beat New Zealand by 54 runs at Taunton on Saturday.

The format of the tournament means the three teams are all required to play double-headers and on Saturday it was the turn of England, the women's World Cup holders in 50 over cricket, to face two fixtures in a day.

South Africa twice conceded new record women's T20 totals when the competition started on Wednesday, with New Zealand piling up 216 for one only for England to shatter that mark within hours courtesy of a score of 250 for three.

England women bounce back after South Africa loss, beat New Zealand by 54 runs

England women recovered from South Africa loss and defeated New Zealand by 54 runs. Image courtesy: Twitter @Englandcricket

But the Proteas women, having lost both those first two games, hit back on Saturday with a six-wicket win over England at Taunton.

England batted first but only made 160 for five this time, thanks mainly to Tammy Beaumont's 71.

South Africa lost Laura Wolvaardt early in their chase before Lizelle Lee's 68 put the Proteas on top.

Sophie Ecclestone took two late wickets to give England a glimmer of hope but Sune Luus's excellent 63 not out saw the Proteas home as she ended the match with three balls to spare by hitting fast bowler Katherine Brunt for six.

England, however, returned to winning ways later Saturday with victory over New Zealand.

Natalie Sciver's 59 guided England to 172 for eight before left-arm spinner Ecclestone took four for 18 as the White Ferns slumped to 118 all out in reply.

Saturday's results left England two points above their opponents in the tournament standings, although they have played one game more than New Zealand.

Another round of pool play, with New Zealand playing twice at Bristol on 28 June, takes place before the top two sides in the table meet in a final at Chelmsford on 1 July.

Updated Date: Jun 24, 2018 13:24:59 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 India 8411 263
4 Australia 5471 261
5 South Africa 4407 259
6 New Zealand 4784 252