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Watson finds winning formula

Captain Jess Watson’s 52-ball 88 not out aided a consolation Twenty20 win for England Women Under-19s over an Emerging South Africa XI.

Having lost the first two games of the three-match series, the tourists warmed up for the one-dayers with a 68-run triumph in Potchefstroom.

Watson capitalised on winning the toss by sharing 75 with Georgia Hennessey and an unbroken 96 alongside Sophie Luff to set a commanding total of 181 for two.

South Africa slipped from their standards on Friday and Sunday, conceding 25 extras as Hennessey made 33 and Luff 44 not out.

Hennessey also took 3-20, beginning by having Zizi Mdebuka caught behind for 19 after Grace Gibbs bowled Yolani Fourie for 16.

Hennessey snared Robyn Searle and Chené Bester while Maryka Kirchoff was run out without scoring.

Elriesa Theunissen hit 32 off 23 deliveries to give the hosts hope, but she was stumped off Georgia Adams in the 16th over as the reply ended on 113 for six.

The first of three one-dayers between the sides is on Thursday. England also play once against South Africa Women in the same format.