Cape Town - England’s Sarah Taylor once again played a starring role in
her side’s four-wicket victory over the Momentum Proteas to clinch the
three-match women’s T20 series 2-1 at the Bidvest Wanderers on Sunday.
Taylor scored 60 from 40 deliveries to steer her side to
victory after South Africa set a 132-run target for them to chase in the second
televised match of the series.
The hosts did well to post 131/4 at the end of their innings
after they lost the wickets of Trisha Chetty (0), Dané van Niekerk (5) and
Marizanne Kapp (0) in just 1.5 overs after they were put in to bat. Captain,
Mignon du Preez and Lizelle Lee brought life back to the innings, sharing a
89-run, fourth-wicket partnership to move their side from 6/3 to 95/4 at 16.1
overs when du Preez was run out for 39 after she passed 1 000 T20 runs.
The milestones continued as Lee hit a career best, 69 not
out from 61 balls and was joined by Chloe Tryon, who played a helpful cameo of
16 off 13 balls to get their side to a more respectable score.
South Africa tried to stem England’s run scoring, but they
did not have enough runs on the scoreboard to defend. Shabnim Ismail was the
leading wicket taker with 3/27, but England were scoring at 8.58 runs per over,
with Heather Knight and Tammy Beaumont adding helpful contributions of 25 and
21* respectively to get their side over the line in the end.
The hosts do not have time to wallow in their disappointment
however, their tour against the West Indies begins on Wednesday, 24 February.
They will play a three-match One-Day International (ODI) and three-match T20
series before they depart for the ICC Women’s World T20 in India.