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South Africa strike back

England Women’s Academy had to make do with sharing the Twenty20 mini series versus the senior South Africa side, who won the second and final game between the teams by five wickets.

The Proteas now face the full England Women side in three Twenty20 internationals during the coming week, starting on Monday evening at Chelmsford.

Today’s game was the second of two in two days at Southend. Yesterday the academy gained a notable success with victory by 25 runs.

Again put into bat, the hosts could not come near yesterday’s score of 139, posting 96 for nine as left-armer Moseline Daniels dismissed the top four for sublime figures of 4-1-5-4.

Of that quartet, only opener Amy Jones got going, top-scoring for the academy with 27. Georgia Adams and Alice McDonald were the other home players to reach double figures.

England Women's Academy skipper Fran Wilson said that a lack of runs cost her side victory today when South Africa won by five wickets

Laura Marsh struck twice to help reduce the tourists to 56 for five in the 12th over and give the hosts hope.

However, Sune Luus and Mignon du Preez built on Lizelle Lee’s 22 to complete the chase with 2.1 overs to spare, ending on 21 and 16 respectively.

Home captain Fran Wilson pinpointed the lack of a significant individual total today, whereas yesterday Danni Wyatt’s 72 set up a strong position.

“Yesterday one of our batters went on and got a really big score. Today no-one pushed on and saw the team home so that’s quite disappointing,” Wilson told ecb.co.uk.

“That’s the main thing really; we just didn’t have enough runs on the board today whereas yesterday we did and we could build pressure because of that.”

Wilson added: “We weren’t as sharp in the field (today). Yesterday everything came together. We were brilliant in the field, bowling and batting.”

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