Women's academy bounce back in style

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Tammy Beaumont

Tammy Beaumont was among those to impress with the bat as England women's academy eased to an eight-wicket win over South Africa's senior side at Potchefstroom's Senwes Park

England women’s academy levelled their Twenty20 series with South Africa’s senior side courtesy of a hugely impressive eight-wicket victory at Potchefstroom.

Beaten 2-1 in the preceding 50-over series and by nine wickets in yesterday’s opening T20 encounter, the tourists responded in fine fashion today, their top three all contributing significant scores after South Africa had been restricted to a modest total of 114 for eight.

Were it not for the fine efforts of opener Alison Hodgkinson, who carried her bat for 66 not out, South Africa would have been restricted to a much lower total.

Her innings was soon overshadowed as, after Beth MacGregor and Alice MacLeod had each contributed 30, Tammy Beaumont hurried England women’s academy over the line.

Beaumont finished unbeaten on 41 from 25 balls, having struck seven fours in an entertaining knock.

Despite losing partner Trisha Chetty in the first over, to Jodie Dibble, Hodgkinson helped South Africa make a flying start after they had chosen to bat.

A lack of support proved significant, however, with no other player passing 10.

Dibble returned excellent figures of 2-14 from four overs, while Natalie Sciver and MacLeod also chipped in with two wickets apiece.

England women’s academy then made short work of their target, MacGregor and MacLeod sharing 53 for the first wicket in 8.1 overs to set the scene for a comfortable run-chase, which was completed with 20 balls unused.