Marizanne Kapp, Tumi Sekhukhune keep England at bay between showers


Lunch South Africa 284 and 181 for five (Kapp 43*, Sekhukhune 33*) lead England 417 for 8 dec by 48 runs

England had been additional pissed off as South Africa’s Marizanne Kapp and Tumi Sekhukhune maintained their resistance within the small home windows of play the rain allowed on the ultimate day of their Take a look at in Taunton.

Having taken two wickets within the morning session, England had been left to rue a few missed alternatives, to not point out the climate which at tea on the ultimate day appeared destined to go away the match in a stalemate.

Credit score should, nonetheless, go to Kapp, following up her first-innings 150 to be 43 not out when yet one more bathe introduced in regards to the interval, and to a better extent Sekhukune, who had are available as nightwatcher along with her facet 55 for 3 on the penultimate night and proved to be a veritable wall as England’s bowlers tried in useless to prise her out.

Taking part in her first Take a look at after 48 white-ball appearances for South Africa, Sekhukhune had confronted 134 balls for her unbeaten 33 on the break along with her facet 181 for five of their second innings and main by 48.

The hosts had declared on the third morning 133 runs in entrance after Nat Sciver’s sensible 169 not out and a century on Take a look at debut for Alice Davidson-Richards.

Sciver and Kate Cross mixed to take away South Africa opener Andrie Steyn cheaply, then Issy Wong, the 20-year-old fast enjoying her first match for England, got here steaming in underneath lights to take away Lara Goodall and Laura Wolvaardt, the latter for the second time within the match.

England made an encouraging begin to the final day as South Africa resumed nonetheless 78 runs in arrears, with Cross and Sophie Ecclestone eradicating the harmful Sune Luus and Lizelle Lee. However Sekhukhune was firm and the indomitable Kapp took South Africa into the lead with a booming cowl drive for 4 off Ecclestone.

Cross got here on for the seventh over of the day and struck along with her seventh ball, trapping Luus lbw with a size ball that got here again in because the South Africa captain stepped throughout her stumps and tried to work it sq..

England thought Ecclestone had Lee lbw when she was struck on the pad by one which spun again previous the bat and the hosts reviewed, however Sue Redfern’s not-out choice was upheld on umpire’s name on affect.

However they need to have had Lee out within the subsequent over when Wong was introduced again into the assault. Lee slashed at a size ball simply exterior off and edged behind however the ball popped out of wicketkeeper Amy Jones’ glove as she leapt to her proper to take a regulation likelihood.

Sekhukhune turned the following ball, off Ecclestone, firmly in direction of Tammy Beaumont at quick leg, however she had little or no time to react with the ball putting her on the shoulder. Then Lee chipped Ecclestone narrowly over Lauren Bell who was again pedalling from mid-on.

Lee introduced up South Africa’s 100 with consecutive fours off Wong, clearing cowl and pulling via deep wonderful leg. However she gifted her wicket to Ecclestone who drew her in with a ball floated up properly exterior off stump and Lee’s eyes lit up as she lofted it in direction of extensive mid-off the place Cross had what appeared like an eternity to run again earlier than holding a tumbling catch.

An prolonged rain delay saved the gamers off the sector for 2 hours and 45 minutes, together with the lunch break. When play resumed, they managed 10.4 overs throughout which era Sekhukhune edged Wong to second slip the place Ecclestone shelled a regulation likelihood.

The rain returned heavier than it had been all match and the gamers ran from the sector but once more.

Valkerie Baynes is a basic editor at ESPNcricinfo

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