Fritz blitz floors women's academy
South Africa women moved into an unassailable 2-0 lead in their three-match one-day series against England women's academy courtesy of a comfortable six-wicket victory.
The tourists, having lost the opening encounter by 54 runs, were bowled out for 203 at Potchefstroom having been asked to bat first.
That score proved no obstacle for South Africa as they won with 10 overs to spare, opener Shandre Fritz hitting a 97-ball 90.
England’s innings began disastrously as Tammy Beaumont fell to the first ball, edging Shabnim Ismail behind.
Caroline Atkins and Danni Wyatt, England’s top-scorer in the first game, steadied things impressively, putting on 86 for the second wicket.
Wyatt, though, fell for a 59-ball 44 when she was out stumped off spinner Sunette Loubser, who had Atkins caught and bowled for 47 after Fran Wilson edged Chloe Tryon behind.
That left England 118 for four - a position from which they never quite rebuilt, losing wickets at regular intervals.
After Natalie Sciver was stumped off Loubser, Helen Shipman and Alice MacLeod put on 42 before the former fell to Marizanne Kapp.
England’s tail then battled valiantly, but wickets continued to fall and they were eventually dismissed, leaving MacLeod stranded on 36.
Fritz got the reply off to a flying start by dominating a 72-run opening stand with Trisha Chetty, who was stumped off Natasha Miles for 15.
MacLeod then had Susan Benade caught behind for the same score, after which Wyatt struck to dismiss Alison Hodgkinson for 13.
England were seemingly in with a sniff at that stage, but Fritz steadied the ship alongside Mignon du Preez - only to be run out 10 short of a century.
But it mattered little to South Africa; their victory was sealed by du Preez and Kapp, who struck 39 and 16 not out respectively.