Katherine Brunt Takes 4 as England Girls Thrash South Africa in Their First T20I

After making a clean-sweep of the ODI collection, England Girls scored a simple six-wicket victory over their South African counterparts within the opening T20 Worldwide right here, with Katherine Brunt taking a four-wicket haul and Sophia Dunkley smashing a 39-ball 59 in a simple chase.

With two extra video games nonetheless to go, the hosts claimed victory within the multi-format collection on Thursday. England are main the multi-format collection 10-2 with solely 4 factors at stake within the ultimate two T20Is.

Brunt (4/15) turned simply the second English girl to take 100 T20I wickets, becoming a member of the recently-retired Anya Shrubsole (102) within the elite membership. Dunkley, who was promoted up the order to open the innings for the primary time, was at her harmful greatest because the hosts chased down the Proteas’ 112-run goal in simply 15 overs.

England gained the toss and elected to bowl with Brunt making fast inroads as Lara Goodall was given out caught behind third ball. Although the choice was overturned after opinions confirmed the bat had hit the bottom, Goodall perished on the following ball, clean-bowled by Brunt.

Brunt’s one centesimal T20I wicket got here up quickly with Proteas skipper Sune Luus’ stumps additionally uprooted because the vacationer had been off to a wobbly begin.High South Africa batter Laura Wolvaardt hit her fourth T20I half-century (55 off 45 balls) earlier than she perished to a Brunt supply with an excellent diving catch from Nat Sciver at deep midwicket. A modest goal of 111/9 by no means regarded out of attain for the guests who cruised to victory with 30 balls to spare.

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 Katherine Brunt later stated she needed to overcome a kind droop to essentially make an influence within the collection. “I simply attempt to maintain ticking alongside. I used to be actually eager to make an influence on this collection — the one-dayers and T20s — and I’m actually completely happy. This 12 months has been actually tough, discovering kind, however I appear to have come good on the proper time.

“When you become old, you will have lots of doubt that creeps in, a couple of questions – individuals say issues about you – and in case you take heed to it sufficient, you begin to consider it,” she added.

Transient scores: South Africa Girls 111/9 in 20 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 55; Katherine Brunt 4/15, Sophie Ecclestone 2/27) misplaced to England Girls 114/4 in 15 overs (Sophia Dunkley 59; Ayabonga Khaka 3/13) by six wickets.

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