A maiden Sophia Dunkley century inspired England to a 114-run win over the Momentum Proteas in the second One-Day International (ODI) to take an unassailable 2-0 series lead at the County Ground in Bristol on Friday.
Dunkley smashed 107 runs off 93 balls (8 fours, 2 sixes) to help anchor the hosts to an imposing total of 337 / 5 after their allotted overs before Charlie Dean (4 / 53) and debutant Issy Wong (3 / 36) formed a daunting bowling partnership to restrict South Africa to 223 all out, despite a Marizanne Kapp half-century.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, England openers Tammy Beaumont and Emma Lamb got the innings underway in fine fashion as the pair put on a mammoth 127-run partnership, with both batters, in particular Lamb, finding the boundary regularly.
Lamb followed up her maiden hundred from the opening ODI with a 65-ball 67 that included 10 fours, while the seasoned Beaumont measuredly arrived at her 17th career fifty (58 off 81 balls; 6 fours) before all-rounder, Chloé Tryon (2 / 34) removed both batters to leave the home side 147 / 2.
The joy was short-lived for South Africa, as the new batters in Dunkley and Nat Sciver quickly found their rhythm at the crease to amass another hundred-run stand for the third wicket.
Sciver smashed five fours and one six, striking at a dominant 134.04 strike rate to race to her second consecutive half-century before being eventually dismissed by the returning Shabnim Ismail (1 / 64) for 63 off 47 balls.
At the other end, Dunkley looked in complete control on her way to raising her bat for her first ever ODI hundred, reaching the milestone in the 48th over despite losing her captain, Heather Knight (9) soon after.
The batting all-rounder was then the last wicket to fall as England completed their 50 overs on 337 / 5, with Nadine de Klerk the other wicket-taker for South Africa with figures of two for 65.
In reply, the Proteas Women got off to an ideal start with Laura Wolvaardt and Andrie Steyn counter-punching their way to an 87-run, first-wicket stand with the former dispatching 10 deliveries to the boundary on her enroute to an action-packed, 28th career half-century.
With Wolvaardt looking increasingly confident out in the middle, the 23-year old then attempted a lofted shot over mid-off before only managing to find the fielder to become Dean’s first wicket of the day for a well-played 55 off 48 balls.
After Wolvaardt’s departure, her opening partner Steyn soon followed after she was trapped LBW by Dean before Wong and Dean combined to great effect to dismiss Lara Goodall (16), Suné Luus (4) and Chloé Tryon (8), as well as Nadine de Klerk (0) to leave the visitors 138 / 6.
Despite a valiant effort from Marizanne Kapp with an aggressive half-century that featured 10 fours and one six on her way to recording 73 off 59 deliveries, South Africa lost the remainder of their wickets within 41 overs to go down by 114 runs.
The third and final ODI gets underway on Monday, 18 July at the County Ground in Leicester.
Momentum Proteas Squad for England Tour – ODIs:
Anneke Bosch (Senwes Dragons), Trisha Chetty (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Nadine de Klerk (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Lara Goodall (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Shabnim Ismail (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Sinalo Jafta (Six Gun Grill Western Province) Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province), Masabata Klaas (Senwes Dragons), Ayabonga Khaka (Imperial Lions), Suné Luus (Titans Ladies), Nonkululeko Mlaba (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Tumi Sekhukhune (Imperial Lions), Andrie Steyn (Six Gun Grill Western Province), Chloé Tryon (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal), Delmi Tucker (Six Gun Grill Western Province) Laura Wolvaardt (Six Gun Grill Western Province)
Momentum Proteas Tour to England Itinerary:
One-Day International Series –
Monday, 18 July @ 14h00 local time – 3rd ODI – England vs South Africa (The Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester)
T20 Series –
Thursday, 21 July @ 19h00 local time – 1st T20 – England vs South Africa (The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford)
Saturday, 23 July @ 14h30 local time – 2nd T20 – England vs South Africa (Blackfinch New Road, Worcester)
Monday, 25 July @ 18h30 local time – 3rd T20 – England vs South Africa (The Incora County Ground, Derby)