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Women's Under-19s shine in Potchefstroom

An excellent all-round performance earned England Women Under-19s a 41-run victory over an Emerging South Africa XI in the first of three 50-over encounters.

The young Lions suffered a 2-1 defeat in the Twenty20 leg of the rubber but responded emphatically after choosing to bat at Potchefstroom.

They did so by racking up a commanding 275 for seven, aided by 50 extras from 38 wides, on the back of half-centuries from Aylish Cranstone and Sophie Luff.

That total proved beyond South Africa, who were dismissed for 234 despite a captain’s innings from Robyn Searle.

After Jess Watson had given the tourists momentum with a fluent 34 from the top of the order, Cranstone and Luff put on 155 runs for the third wicket.

The former hit 65 and the latter 60 to lay the perfect platform for Georgia Hennessy, whose 27-ball 36 - featuring three fours and two sixes - secured a fine total.

It was reached, too, despite the best efforts of Lizelle Lee, who claimed 4-38 for the home side.

South Africa’s efforts in reply were immediately undermined by Freya Davies, who bowled openers Yolani Fourie and Nonkhululeko Thabethe.

Searle held things together thereafter, hitting 11 fours in a responsible 85 that gave her side a chance.

Yet despite useful contributions from Lara Goodall, Lee and Elriesa Theunissen, they fell short as Davies claimed 3-30.