England whitewash hopes washed out

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Laura Marsh

Laura Marsh's 3-19 from four overs helped restrict South Africa to 110 for seven, but England were denied the chance of a fifth win in as many games

England lost their perfect record on this tour of South Africa as rain denied them in the second Twenty20 international of three at Potchefstroom.

Having swept the one-day series 3-0 and romped to victory by seven wickets in Thursday’s first T20, the tourists were poised for another win today.

Three economical wickets for off-spinner Laura Marsh and two for Isa Guha helped restrict South Africa, who chose to bat first, to 110 for seven.

England reached 15 without loss in the third over when the elements intervened and forced a no-result.

The hosts made a stumbling start as captain Trisha Chetty was run out in the second over - sent back after driving to bowler Arran Brindle. Marsh then had Kirstie Thomson caught and bowled and Brindle trapped Alison Hodgkinson in front.

Opener Dane van Niekerk and Cri-zelda Brits partially repaired the damage with a stand worth 57 in nine overs, but they perished in consecutive overs.

Van Niekerk was stumped by Sarah Taylor, who had taken over behind the stumps from Tammy Beaumont since the last game, off Jenny Gunn for 27, and Brits missed an attempted slog-sweep to be bowled by Marsh for 36.

Worse followed in the next over when Guha had Mignon du Preez stumped and Chloe Tryon was held by Gunn on the long-on boundary.

In the last over Shabnim Ismail became Taylor’s third stumping to give Marsh creditable figures of 3-19 from four.

Marsh was immediately back in the action, whipping Tryon through midwicket for four in the first over of the reply.

Charlotte Edwards smashed Ismail for consecutive fours past point in the next, but the rain soon arrived.

The final game of the trip is at the same venue tomorrow.