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England Women U19s seal 50-over series

England Women Under-19s gained revenge for their Twenty20 series defeat to an Emerging South Africa XI by taking the 50-over rubber with a game to spare.

Just as the hosts had assumed an unassailable 2-0 lead is the shortest form last week, Jess Watson’s side doubled the tourists' advantage with a crushing, 108-run win at Potchefstroom.

Fifties from Aylish Cranstone, her second in three days, and Georgia Hennessy underpinned an imposing 275 for nine, the same number of runs that England defended by 41 on Thursday.

Off-spinner Fi Morris ensured today’s total would not be threatened with 3-21 from seven tight overs as the second-innings’ top score proved to be Elriesa Theunissen’s unbeaten 36.

As on Thursday, Morris chose to bat first and, despite falling cheaply like opening partner Marie Kelly, Cranstone and Hennessy justified that decision with 69 and 74 respectively.

Twenties from Izzy Collis and Morris topped up a total also aided by 35 extras, including 24 wides, as just Magdaleen Mphahele proved economical for the hosts with 2-27 from 10 overs.

England initially kept the reply under wraps and, from 100 for two in the 22nd, struck in the next four overs via two run-outs and two Morris scalps. There was no way back from 107 for six despite the efforts of Theunissen.

The tourists now face the full South Africa Women’s side in Monday’s 50-over contest before ending their tour versus the Emerging XI.