Fritz hits South Africa to victory
Shandre Fritz was once again the match-winner as England women’s academy fell to a 2-1 Twenty20 series defeat against South Africa’s senior side.
But they were put on the back foot from the start as opener Fritz got South Africa - who won the toss - off to a flying start.
She put on 67 in just 7.1 overs with Trisha Chetty, who eventually fell to Beth MacGregor for a 26-ball 32.
Susan Benade struck 22 to keep South Africa motoring, with her dismissal - she was bowled by Kate Cross - merely heralding more fireworks.
Chloe Tryon joined forces with Fritz, and the duo found the boundary with ease thereafter as the former, in particular, thrived.
She would eventually fall for a 23-ball 40, but her efforts - combined with Fritz’s unbeaten 53 - saw South Africa to a commanding 178 for three.
The run-chase was undermined by the women’s academy losing wickets at regular intervals; they slipped to 53 for four.
Natalie Sciver briefly entertained in hitting a maximum en route to 32, but her efforts proved in vain as the tourists fell well short on 134 for six.
Despite a disappointing finish, the women’s academy can leave South Africa with their heads held high having twice beaten senior opposition in six attempts.