England v South Africa: Tammy Beaumont stars as England register ODI series sweep
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Tammy Beaumont’s ninth ODI century led England to a 109-run victory and a 3–0 series win over South Africa at Leicester. Chasing 372, the opening pair of Laura Wolvaardt and Andrey Steyn provided a glimmer of hope for the visitors as they scored 60 runs in the first eight overs of the innings. Wolvaardt notably stunned the English bowlers and scored his 29th ODI half-century, but dropped the talented 23-year-old Charlie Dean for 56.
Two other South African batsmen also made it past the fifty – Chloe Tryon scored 70 and Marijne Cup contributed 62 – but South Africa needed the run rate too high as they eventually just responded in the 46th over. Got out after scoring 262 runs.
It was England’s spinners who proved crucial during South Africa’s run chase, in which Dean (3/42) and Lamb (3/42) took six wickets in an amazing team effort.
Fast bowler Ellis Davidson-Richards (3/35) also took his three wickets as several world-class South African batsmen failed to convert their good starts into big scores.
In the end, it proved the difference in the series, with England’s batsmen a square up and scoring a century in each match to achieve a comprehensive 3–0 series sweep.
Earlier, veteran England player Tammy Beaumont put on a 149-run partnership for the opening wicket with fellow opener Emma Lamb (65) to bat first and still continue the trashing when Sophia Dunkley (51) struck in the humid conditions. Supported him at the crease.
The 31-year-old was eventually dismissed for an excellent score of 119 off just 107 balls, giving the hosts a mammoth total of 371/7 in their allotted 50 overs.
Brief scores: England 371/7 (Tammy Beaumont 119, Heather Knight 63; Ayabonga blueprint 2-64) vs South Africa 262 (Chloe Tryon 70, Laura Wolvaardt 56; Ellis Davidson-Richards 3-35).
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