Women's academy come up short
Danni Wyatt’s run-a-ball 63 could not prevent the England women’s academy losing the first of three 50-over games with the senior South Africa women’s team.
Chasing 258 for victory at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, number three Wyatt held the innings together until she fell to Marizanne Kapp. That left the tourists 141 for six in the 33rd over and they slipped to 203 all out in the 49th.
The academy, who won the toss, earlier pegged back a flying start from openers Shandre Fritz and Trisha Chetty, who put on 77 inside the first 12 overs.
Wyatt snared Chetty for 46 from 33 balls and, next over, Alison Hodgkinson was run out without scoring.
Natasha Miles removed Fritz for 45 and the academy continued to chip away as Alice MacLeod had captain Mignon du Preez stumped for 18, Kapp was run out for 20 and Kate Cross had Yolandi van der Westhuizen caught behind for 23.
From 173 for six in the 35th over, Dane van Niekerk and Chloe Tryon shared a 66-run stand before MacLeod bowled the latter for 41.
In the next over, Natalie Sciver castled Sunette Loubser and had Shabnim Ismail caught behind for ducks from consecutive balls.
Miles cleaned up van Niekerk for 43 to end the innings with three deliveries to go.
Ismail and Tryon initially limited the academy’s reply and the pressure told when skipper Caroline Atkins was run out.
Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont briefly prospered together, but van Niekerk caught and bowled the former for 29 and, an over later, Kapp trapped Fran Wilson in front for nought.
Soon Van Niekerk had Helen Shipman stumped without scoring and MacLeod leg before to leave the academy 69 for five in the 24th over.
Wyatt and Sciver counter-attacked, adding 72 inside 10 overs until Kapp took the crucial wicket of the former. Sciver fell for 27 to Tryon and Amy Jones was lbw to Kapp to make it three wickets in as many overs.
Beth MacGregor and Miles offered faint hope, but du Preez saw off the former for 23 and Cross was caught and bowled by Loubser to leave Miles unbeaten on 26.