Emma Lamb’s maiden ODI century, in only her second innings, helped England power to a comfortable win over South Africa in the first one-day international, at the County Ground in Northampton, on Monday. The hosts chased down South Africa’s 218 with 17.5 overs remaining and five wickets in hand.
Earlier in the day, South Africa won the toss and elected to bat. However, they couldn’t take advantage of the conditions courtesy Katherine Brunts’s double strike upfront. Adrie Steyn was trapped legbefore and Lara Goodall was caught by Heather Knight, reducing the visitors to 34 for 2. By the 30th over, they were further down to 108 for 5.
It was a point when Chloe Tryon took the attack to the dominant English bowlers. She cracked 10 boundaries and three sixes en route a quickfire 73-ball 88 before becoming the second of Nat Sciver’s four victims on the day. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of support coming to her aid. Nadine de Klerk, who played the secondary part in the 97-run seventh wicket partnership, scored 38 – her highest score.
In response, England broke little sweat despite losing Tammy Beaumont in the third over for 1 – bowled by Marizanne Kapp. Lamb, who fell soon after bringing up her century, stroked 18 boundaries in her innings. She even helped England get early momentum in the chase courtesy a 78-run partnership with Sophia Dunkley for the second wicket. However, it was in the company of Nat Sciver that they truely took the game away. Having returned figures of 4 for 59 earlier in the day, and even effecting a run out, Sciver now dominated with the bat. She cracked 8 boundaries in her 36-ball of 55, her 17th ODI fifty.
By the time she was dismissed in the 26th over by de Klerk, England had already reached 175. A couple of strikes from thereon – of Lamb and skipper heather Knight did little to derail South Africa’s innings as Danni Wyatt and Amy Jones took the side over the line.
Brief Scores: South Africa 218 in 47.4 overs (Chloe Tryon 88, Nadine de Klerk 38; Nat Sciver 4-59, Katherine Brunt 3-18) lost to England 219/5 in 32.1 overs (Emma Lamb 102, Natalie Sciver 55; Nadine de Klerk 2-44) by 5 wickets
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