Somerset - Half-centuries by Sune Luus and Lizelle Lee saw the Proteas women bounce back from Wednesday’s demoralising double-loss to beat England by six wickets on Saturday.
It is South Africa’s second T20 international victory over the hosts, as they kept their triangular series hopes alive in England’s round of double-headers on Saturday. The visitors successfully chased their highest ever T20I total of 161 as Lee got their innings off to a blistering start with a 37-ball 68 (4x4s, 6x6s), followed by an unbeaten 63 from 52 balls from Luus (6x4s, 2x6s).
Dane van Niekerk’s charges posted a winning 166 for four with three deliveries to spare, including 14 runs from the last three deliveries faced by Luus off Katherine Brunt, plus a six to seal the match.
The skipper’s good batting form continued as she chipped in with a notable 25 from 19 deliveries on her side’s road to victory.
Earlier in the match, England put 160 for five on the board after winning the toss and electing to bat first.
Their innings once again led by Tammy Beaumont (71 off 59 balls) who hit her third, consecutive score over 50 in the series so far.
Other contributions came from Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor who added respective scores of 35 not out and 20. South Africa’s Shabnim Ismail (2/27) and Zintle Mali (2/39) were the pick of the bowlers with two wickets a piece.
The visitors will have five days to prepare for their next encounter against New Zealand as the series moves to Bristol where the White Ferns will play their round of double headers.
Proteas women’s T20 international squad: Dane van Niekerk (captain, Eastern Province), Lizelle Lee (North West), Chloe Tryon (KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins), Mignon du Preez (Northerns), Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Shabnim Ismail (Gauteng), Masabata Klaas (North West), Raisibe Ntozakhe (Gauteng), Sune Luus (Northerns), Laura Wolvaardt (Western Province), Zintle Mali (Border)
IT20 Tri-Series - England, South Africa & New Zealand
June 28 - The Brightside Ground, Bristol, South Africa v New Zealand, 13:00 (14:00 SA time); England v New Zealand, 17:40 (18:40 SA time)
July 1 - Final - The CloudFM County Ground, Chelmsford (15:00/16:00 SA time)