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Rain causes Test draw

DAY FOUR

Rain intervened on the final day at Taunton to see the LV= Insurance Test between England Women and South Africa drawn.

The hosts went into the final day needing seven wickets, but only 43 overs were possible.

The two teams shared the points to leave the multi-format series tied at 2-2 going into the Royal London Series, which gets underway in Northampton on July 11.

5:35pm – Draw. Unfortunately, no further play is possible and the match has ended in a draw. Thank you for your company over the last few days.

4:30pm – Tea. South Africa 181/5. The rain is falling again and tea will now be taken.

3:48pm – We are about to get back under way at the Cooper Associates County Ground. South Africa are 140/5, a lead of 7 runs.

3:30pm – There is good news! we will resume at 3:50pm!

2:52pm – If there is no further rain, there will be a further inspection at 3:15pm.

1:20pm – Lunch. It’s still raining so an early lunch will be taken now.

1:04pm – Rain. South Africa 140/5. Unfortunately, it’s raining heavily in Taunton now.

12:33pm – WICKET!!! South Africa 118/5. Lizelle Lee is caught by Kate Cross off the bowling of Sophie Ecclestone for 36.

11:28am – WICKET!!! South Africa 64/4. Sune Luus is trapped lbw by Kate Cross for 10. South Africa trail by 69.

11:00am – We are just about to get underway here. South Africa will resume on 55/3. Nat Sciver will bowl the opening over of the day from the River End.

9:30am – The players are warming up on a bright and breezy morning at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

DAY THREE

7:20pm – Close. That’s all for day three, folks. South Africa finish on 55/3, trailing by 78 runs. See you in the morning!

7:05pm – WICKET!!! South Africa 45/3. It’s another one for Issy Wong! Nat Sciver takes an excellent diving catch at gully to remove Laura Wolvaardt for 16. South Africa still trail by 88.

6:55pm – WICKET!!! South Africa 44/2. Lara Goodall is caught behind by a tumbling Amy Jones off the bowling of Issy Wong.

6:30pm – Here we go! We are back underway!

6:20pm – Play will restart at 6:30pm. 12.5 overs will be bowled.

6:07pm – There will be a further inspection at 6:15pm.

5:28pm – The rain has finally stopped and there will be a further inspection at 5:50pm.

5pm – Unfortunately, it’s still raining in Taunton.

4:10pm – Tea. Tea will now be taken.

3:35pm – Rain. Unfortunately rain is falling again in Taunton. The players leave the field with South Africa on 27/1.

3:05pm – Afternoon Session. We are finally back underway at the Cooper Associates County Ground. South Africa 9/1. The revised sessions today are: Afternoon: 3:05-4:40 pm. Tea: 4:40-5:00 pm. Evening: 5:00-7:00 pm. Play can be extended for another half-hour to 7:30 pm.

12:55pm – Rain and Lunch. With the rain falling, that will be lunch with South Africa on 9/1, trailing by 124.

12:49pm – WICKET!!! South Africa 9/1. Andrie Steyn is caught by Nat Sciver off the bowling of Kate Cross for 3.

12:35pm – Lauren Bell will open the bowling from the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion End. Andrie Steyn will face the opening ball of the South Africa second innings.

12:25pm – Wicket and Declaration. Kate Cross is run out for 1. England declare on 417/8, a lead of 133.  Nat Sciver remains unbeaten on 169.

12:22pm – Wicket! England 414/7. Following a review, Sophie Ecclestone is lbw to Mlaba for 35. Kate Cross is the new batter.

11:53am – 150 for Sciver! That’s 150 for Nat Sciver! England are 378/6 and lead by 94.

11:00am – Morning Session. England 328/6. England will bat on with Sophie Ecclestone joining Nat Sciver in the middle.

10:30am – Welcome to day three of this LV= Insurance Test match between England and South Africa at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

England are set to resume on 328/6.

DAY TWO

6:09pm – Close. Alice Davidson-Richards’ superb innings comes to an end. She goes for 107. What an outstanding performance. Nat Sciver remains unbeaten on 119. England finish the day on 328/6, a lead of 44 runs. That’s all for today. Another absorbing day of cricket at the Cooper Associates County Ground! See you back here tomorrow for more of the same.

5:50pm – That’s a Test century on debut for Alice Davidson-Richards! She gets a standing ovation from the crowd at the Cooper Associates County Ground. England 313/5.

:15pm – 100 for Nat Sciver!!! That’s a maiden Test match century for Nat Sciver! England 275/5.

4:22pm – 200 on the board for England.

3:40pm – Tea. England 176/5. Nat Sciver is 56 not out and Alice Davidson-Richards is 20 not out.

2:34pm – England 125/5. It’s been a good session so far for the tourists, but Nat Sciver is still there for England on 23.

1:41pm – Wicket! England 86/3. Heather Knight is run out for 8.

1:40pm – Afternoon session

1pm – Lunch. England 86/2.

12:34pm – Wicket! England 74/2. Emma Lamb was bowled by Anneke Bosch for 38. Nat Sciver is the new batter.

12:24pm – Wicket! England 65/1. Tammy Beaumont is lbw to Anneke Bosch for 28. Heather Knight is the next batter and she receives a warm welcome from the Taunton faithful as she makes her way to the middle.

11:00am – Morning session. We are about to get underway at the Cooper Associates County Ground. Tammy Beaumont and Emma Lamb will open the batting for England.

10:30am – Welcome to day two of this LV= Insurance Test match between England and South Africa.

DAY ONE

18:02 – Close That’s all for today folks. A great day of cricket. See you all back here tomorrow morning!

18:02 – WICKET!!! South Africa all out for 284. Mlaba is bowled by Kate Cross for 8. Cross finishes with 4/63.

17:45 – WICKET!!! South Africa 276/9. A brilliant innings comes to an end as Marizanne Kapp is brilliantly caught by a diving Tammy Beaumont at mid-off off the bowling of Lauren Bell. Kapp goes for an excellent 150.

16:50 – WICKET!!! South Africa 227/8. Issy Wong takes a superb catch in the covers and it’s another one for Cross as Jafta goes for 4.

16:32 – 100 for Kapp! That’s a maiden Test century for the experienced South African. She’s been exceptional today.

16:14 – Not Out! Sinalo Jafta is struck on the pads by Davidson-Richards and the umpire’s finger goes up! South Africa review the decision and the umpire reverses the decision. South Africa 202/7

16:12 – WICKET!!! South Africa 202/7. It’s a maiden Test wicket for Alice Davidson-Richards as Nadine de Klerk edges behind to Amy Jones!

16:00 – Evening session

15:40 – Tea. South Africa 192/6.

15:08 – WICKET!!! South Africa 161/6. Sophie Ecclestone floats one up and Anneke Bosch (30) picks out Emma Lamb at backward point.

14:49 – 50 for Kapp. Marizanne Kapp goes to 50 from 80 balls.

13:47 – WICKET!!! South Africa 89/5. Sune Luus is caught by a diving Nat Sciver at third slip and that’s a second wicket for Kate Cross. The skipper goes for 27

13:40 – Afternoon session. We are back under way at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

13:00 – LUNCH. At lunch on day one, South Africa are 83/4.

12:19 – WICKET!!! South Africa 45/4. Lauren Bell traps Lizelle Lee in front and the umpire’s finger is immediately raised. South Africa review the decision but the umpire’s call is upheld and Bell has a wicket on her debut!

12:13 – WICKET!!! South Africa 44/3. Nat Sciver strikes Lara Goodall on the pads and there’s a big appeal. The officials are unmoved. England elect to review and the batter is given out. It’s been an excellent opening session for England. Former Western Storm batter Lizelle Lee is the new batter.

11:52 – WICKET!!! South Africa 38/2. Laura Wolvaardt is bowled by Issy Wong for 16. That’s a debut Test wicket for the young England bowler! Sune Luus is the new batter.

11:21 – WICKET!!! South Africa 14/1. Andrie Steyn is bowled by Kate Cross for 8.

10:34 – England win the toss and elect to bowl first.

England have named four debutants: Issy Wong, Lauren Bell, Emma Lamb and Alice Davidson-Richards will make their first appearance for their country today.

09:27 – Good morning from the Cooper Associates County Ground! Delighted to be hosting the Womens Test starting today! We’ve a cloudy but dry outlook here in Taunton for day one. Gates open at 10am and tickets are still available for all four days!


MATCH PREVIEW

England take on South Africa in a four-day Women’s Test match at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Play is due to get underway at 11am tomorrow (Monday June 27th).

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HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

This match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Mix.

In addition to this, a report on the day’s play along with quotes will be posted on this website.

TEAM NEWS

England Test Squad: Heather Knight (captain), Emily Arlott, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Bell, Kate Cross, Alice Davidson-Richards, Freya Davies, Charlie Dean, Sophia Dunkley, Sophie Ecclestone, Amy Jones, Emma Lamb, Nat Sciver (vice-captain). Reserve: Issy Wong.

South Africa Test Squad: Anneke Bosch, Trisha Chetty, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Shabnim Ismail, Sinalo Jafta, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Tumi Sekhukhune, Andrie Steyn, Chloe Tryon, Laura Wolvaardt.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

England Captain, Heather Knight said: “We’re all really looking forward to it. Taunton is a place where we get brilliant support and it’s a really good place to play.“From a player’s perspective, we want to be playing Test cricket. I love the format and it’s a real event when we do play. Some of my best moments in an England shirt have certainly been when we’ve been wearing the whites. It’s not my place to say what the future of women’s Test cricket is, but from my point of view I’ve grown up believing that Test cricket is the pinnacle because it represents the biggest challenge. I think it’s important that women should be playing what is for most people the highest and best form of the game.

“The support we’ve had over the years for England and Western Storm at Taunton has been amazing. It’s right up there with the best support we get in this country. It’s great that this game is taking place there, and because I come from the West Country that makes it even more special.”

“I think it’s going to be a really good spectacle. The way we played the Test match in Canberra was certainly how we want to play as a side. It was a really exciting game and although it ended in a draw, it deserved a lot more. Both sides played in the right way and there was a lot of drama. Hopefully, we’ll get something like that at Taunton. There will be world class players on show from both teams and South Africa have one of the best seam attacks in the world. We’ll be using a Duke ball for the first time as well and that will present a slightly different challenge for everyone. Hopefully, we can entertain everyone for the four days and get a win at the end.

“England Head Coach, Lisa Keightley added: “There are a number of new faces in the squad which brings a real level of energy and enthusiasm. We’re at the beginning of a new ICC Women’s Championship cycle, which starts for us with the India ODIs, and it’s natural that we’re looking forward with one eye on who may be a key player for us come 2025.

“Similarly with Katherine Brunt retired from Test cricket and Anya Shrubsole from all forms of the international game, a number of bowling spots have opened up which is hugely exciting for those players. I’m sure they’ll all be very keen to grab their opportunity.

“We have to balance having the appropriate back-up for the senior squad while also giving playing opportunities. We need our players to play as much cricket as possible, which is why we have a deliberately small Test squad while the England Women’s A team are in action against South Africa.

“It really is a massive summer, with the Commonwealth Games just around the corner, and we can’t wait to get started with the red ball in Taunton.”

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you are coming to the match all the information that you need can be found in our comprehensive match-day information page.

This covers everything from planning your journey to where you eat when you get here.

DID YOU KNOW

  • Heather Knight is just three runs short of reaching 700 Test match runs
  • Tammy Beaumont needs 61 runs to reach 300 Test match runs
  • Nat Sciver requires 57 runs to reach the 400-run mark in Test match cricket

HEAD TO HEAD

The two sides have met in Test cricket on six occasions. England have won two of these matches and four have ended in a draw.

The last time the two sides met in red-ball cricket was at Taunton in 2003.

England overcame the Proteas by an innings and 96 runs.

One of the players that day was Rosalie Fairbairn. We spoke to her earlier this year to discuss her memories of that game.

“It was my first summer playing for England,” she recalled. “Before the game at Taunton, we’d played a Test against them at Shenley and we were quite a new look team at that point. If I remember correctly, the majority of us were new to the squad and it was the start of a new era. We had a load of new players and if I’m honest, a lot of us were getting used to the format of Test cricket. We don’t play four-day cricket in the domestic game, so the first Test was the first time that a lot of us had actually played the four-day format. By the time we got to Taunton for the second Test, we’d learned a lot. Back then, South Africa were not as strong as they are now, but they had some very skillful players and a lot of experience.

Rosalie took three wickets in the match and scored 62 in the England innings.

“My recollection of the game as a whole isn’t the clearest,” she said. “But I do remember when I was getting near to 50. You know what it’s like when you’re batting and realise that you’re close to a milestone. Your run scoring often grinds to a halt, and I remember it being quite a relief when I eventually got past 50. Claire Taylor had scored a century and we were watching her masterclass of how to bat. There’s nothing worse than going into bat when someone’s got a hundred and you know that you have to go out there and keep the pressure up.”

What was it like being in that squad and who did you bond with?

“Lydia Greenaway had joined the squad the previous winter, and this was my first summer with England. We were both really young and inexperienced and we just went out there and had some fun. When you first start out, it can be an advantage to be a bit naïve to what’s going on. I think for many of us it was a great occasion to play Test cricket against South Africa. It felt like a milestone and lots of us had experience of playing at Taunton, so it was a special place for us to be playing.

“Although there were quite a lot of new players involved, there were still the likes of the two Claire Taylor’s, and I learnt a lot from Lucy Pearson at the time. Clare Conner and Charlotte Edwards were also pretty experienced players. You look at the scorecard now and most of those England players went on to become household names. It was a year when a new group of players bedded in.

“There’s a lot of players who were involved back in 2003 who have gone on to have really successful careers in the game after they’ve finished playing. Clare Connor is the interim ECB CEO, Isa Guha has forged a successful broadcasting career and Charlotte Edwards has moved into coaching. That just shows the quality of knowledge and experience that they have got. They’ve proved what women can do both on and off the field and have paved the way for the professionals of today.”

Can she believe how much the women’s game has progressed in the time since 2003?

“I can’t believe that it was 19 years ago,” she joked. “I don’t feel like I’m old enough for it to have been so long ago. In the years leading up to 2003, there had been a big change in the women’s game. I remember the likes of Clare Connor and Charlotte Edwards telling me that they had been on tours where they had to buy their own uniform and pay for everything. By the time I was playing, things had moved on a fair bit, and we weren’t expected to pay for our things.

“Now we have so many contracted England professional players and a number of domestic pros too. That’s been another really big jump in the history of the women’s game and it’s great to see. Back when I was playing, I was at university and had to fit my training around that, and there were a lot of players who had to fit their cricket around their jobs. People were having to take extended holidays in order to go on tour with England. It’s great that cricket is now a prospective career for women and girls.”

Rosalie also feels that the Cooper Associates County Ground is the perfect venue to host the Test match.

“It’s great that Taunton will have a women’s Test again this year. I know that many of the players will have fond memories of playing there. There’s always a lovely reception from the Members and spectators and there’s always a really nice atmosphere. The staff at Somerset are always really accommodating and welcoming to the women’s team and that makes England women’s games at Taunton so special. The players feel really at home there and I think that helps them to perform. Hopefully, they will do so again this summer.”

GIMBLETT’S HILL

Construction work has been taking place on Gimblett’s Hill over the last few months in order to improve accessibility on matchdays, while retaining the history and character of one of the most popular parts of the Cooper Associates County Ground.

We are delighted to be able to announce that the development will be officially opened for this match.

WI-FI

Don’t forget that our ground-wide Wi-Fi network is fully operational.

The Wi-Fi is completely free of charge and to connect all you have to do is select the option: “_WeAreSomerset” in your settings and enter a valid email address.

You can also update your preferences or unsubscribe at any time.

With the new Wi-Fi you can browse the internet around the Cooper Associates County Ground. This means, for example, that our matchday live stream can be accessed without using your data, meaning instant replays of all the action on the field are available at no extra cost to you.

NEXT MATCH

The next match at the Cooper Associates County Ground is on Sunday July 3rd when Somerset take on Surrey in the Vitality Blast.

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