England women stroll to victory

Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards hit an unbeaten half-century to guide England to victory

Charlotte Edwards and Claire Taylor compiled an unbeaten stand of 101 as England’s women cruised to a six-wicket win over South Africa in their one-day international.

Having already established an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, England’s bowlers put their opponents to the sword to leave them on the verge of a series whitewash.

A patient 68 by opener Alicia Smith provided the only real resistance to England’s attack as the tourists were bowled out for 158.

England were impressive in the field with medium-pacer Lynsey Askew claiming 2-19.

Isa Guha made the initial breakthrough when she pinned Daleen Terblanche lbw for five.

Skipper Cri-zelda Brits was lbw to Askew for nine before Annelie Minny, Susan Benade and Trisha Chetty fell in quick succession to leave the tourists rocking on 88 for five.

Smith and Shandre Fritz put on 51 for the sixth wicket but after both were run out England’s bowlers wrapped up the innings swiftly to leave themselves a moderate total to chase down.

England’s reply got off to a steady start but they collapsed from 40 without loss to 58 for three.

But Edwards (58 not out) and Taylor (37no) used their experience to guide the hosts home with five overs to spare.

England coach Mark Lane made four changes to the side with Beth Morgan, Askew, Anya Shrubsole and Isa Guha replacing Caroline Atkins, Nicola Shaw, Holly Colvin and Katherine Brunt.

Shrubsole was making her international debut while Colvin was absent to receive the news that she had achieved four A's in her A levels.

South Africa brought in Annelie Minny and Marcia Letsoalo for Claire Terblanche and Dinesha Devnarain.

The final match of the series is at Chesterfield on Monday.