Women's academy sneak notable win
England women’s academy claimed a significant scalp by beating the senior South Africa side in the last of three 50-over games.
Left-arm fast bowler Jodie Dibble, younger sister of Somerset seamer Adam, took 4-22 from six overs to help limit the hosts to 128 all out in 28.2.
Ball continued to dominate bat in the reply but, after captain Caroline Atkins made 24 at the top of the order, Amy Jones completed victory with 100 balls to spare courtesy of an unbeaten 23 from 25 deliveries.
Trisha Chetty capitalised on Mignon du Preez’s decision to bat first by dominating an opening stand of 54 in 12 overs. Chetty was lbw to Cath Dalton for 33 and, next ball, Natalie Sciver snared Susan Benade for 13.
Dibble struck three times in two overs, trapping Alison Hodgkinson and Yolandi van der Westhuizen in front before having Yolandi Potgieter caught behind for nought. She soon removed Dinesha Devnarain in the same fashion as Potgieter.
Du Preez held firm, but wickets continued to tumble as Dibble ran out Shabnim Ismail and, later in the same over, Deanna Cooper bowled Sunette Loubser for a duck.
Marcia Letsoalo was leg before in Cooper’s next and Alice MacLeod had Ayabonga Khaka caught behind, leaving du Preez stranded on 37.
Benade accounted for Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt, the latter for 13, in the mandatory powerplay, both to catches by Hodgkinson, and Ismail then castled Fran Wilson without scoring.
Benade, who returned 3-24 from 10 overs, ended opener Atkins’ patient innings, trapping her lbw to leave the tourists 56 for four.
In consecutive overs, Letsoalo had Helen Shipman caught behind and Khaka pinned Sciver in front for 11. MacLeod made the same score before being caught and bowled by Ismail.
Dibble chipped in with 17 but was run out by Loubser. However, Jones prospered in partnership with Cooper, who contributed one to an unbroken stand of 23.
The teams meet again for three Twenty20s in as many days at Senwes Park from Friday.