Vitality International Tri-Series: Mixed Day for England


Four wickets from Sophie Ecclestone helped England Women bounce back to winning ways as they beat New Zealand by 54 runs in the second of their two IT20 matches at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

After opting to bat first, England’s openers put on 37 before Danni Wyatt was out for 15, not long after which Sarah Taylor was run out- backing up.

Tammy Beaumont had moved onto 23 when she was bowled looking to scoop a straight ball from Jensen but Nat Sciver and Heather Knight then added 37 for the fourth wicket before the England Captain was out for 19.

Sciver played a great innings, and in the 13th over she saw up the England 100.

She continued to look for runs and went to a well deserved 50 off 31 balls with six fours.

Sciver had moved onto 59 runs off 37 balls when she was caught at short fine leg. Lower in the order Anya Shrubsole hit a quick fire 22 off 11 balls to help England reach 172 for eight off their overs.

When they replied Tash Farrant made an early breakthrough in the second over and then Katharine Brunt got the key wicket of Suzie Bates for 23 in the sixth over.

Heather Knight came into the attack early and claimed the wicket of Anna Satterthwaite and at the halfway stage New Zealand had reached 68 for three, still needing 105 off the remaining 10 overs.

In the next over Ecclestone struck for the first time and bowled a consistent line and length throughout her four overs. In the 15th over she struck twice to reduced the visitors to 92 for eight from which there was no way back and they were eventually all out for 118, giving England victory by 54 runs.

This was a great way to end a great day of cricket that will have been enjoyed by the large crowd who were present.


20.18- England win by 54 runs. Great game well done to all.

20.18- WICKET -Jensen bowled Farrant for 14 off 18.3 overs which means England win by 54 runs.

20.11- WICKET- Peterson out caught in the deep by Sciver off Ecclestone for 7- 106/9 off 16.4 overs

20.05-WICKET- Kasperek stumped Taylor bowled Ecclestone 0- 92/8

20.05-WICKET-Bezuidenhout is out bowled by Ecclestone for 5- 91/7

19.55- WICKET- Kerr is out caught by Farrant bowled Sciver 2- 80/6 off 12.1 overs. Looking good for England.

19.52- WICKET- Green caught by Shrubsole at wide mid wicket off Knight for 23 – 79/5 off 11.3 overs. Another great wicket

19.48- WICKET- Martin is out bowled by Ecclestone for 16 with the total on 77 for 4 in 10.5 overs.

19.45- Half way stage New Zealand 68/3 still needing 105 for victory.

19.39- WICKET- Satterthwaite caught and bowled by Knight 2 with score on 47 in the eighth over

19.30- WICKET- Bates LBW Brunt 23- 39/2 off 5.5 overs- another key wicket for Somerset much to the delight of the bowler.

19.27- After 5 overs New Zealand are 37 for 1 as were England.

19.16- WICKET- Devine is out caught on the mid wicket boundary rope by Wyatt off Farrant for 12- 15/1- great catch.

19.11- Shrubsole opens the bowling for England from the Somerset Pavilion End.

19.00- Three off the last ball sees England end on 172 for 8 off their 20 overs- a challenging total.

18.59 Wicket- Shrubsole goes caught for 22 off 11 balls to make England 165/8.

18.57- Anya Shrubsole lofts the ball back over the bowlers head for the first England 6 of the day. Well batted to the Somerset player.

18.55- 153/7 with one over remaining be good to get up towards 170.

18.52 – England find themselves 143/7 with two overs left.

18.49- Sciver caught by Jensen for 59 off 37 balls as England find themselves 140/7 off 17.2 overs.

Nat Sciver of England in action

18.46- Wicket- Amy Jones bowled by Devine next ball – 16.4 overs- 134/6 as Anya Shrubsole walks to the wicket.

18.44- Wicket- Brunt bowled by Devine- bottom edge, for 14 in 16.3 overs with the score on 134/5- added 39 with Sciver.

18.40-Sciver takes another boundary to see up her 50 off 31 balls with six 4s.

18.39- England have moved onto 120/4 after 15 overs- need a big last five overs to push the score as high as possible.

18.37- Sciver plays a lovely lofted off drive to the boundary- just what England need- keep it going need a lot more like this.

18.29- Wicket- Knight is out for 19 in the 13th over with the score on 95.

18.20- Half way stage and England have reached 74/3

18.11- Wicket- Beaumont goes bowled by Jensen looking to play the scoop shot for 23- 58/3 in 7.3 overs. Skipper Heather Knight is the new batter

18.06- Sciver two sees up the 50 off 6.3 overs.

18.02- Wicket- Taylor run out 1 – 42/1 off 5.5 overs. Nat Sciver new batter,

17.57- Wicket- Wyatt is out for 15 in the fifth over making England 37 for 1.

17.48- England off to a good start with 21 without loss from the first two overs.

17.38- Wyatt and Beaumont to open the innings, with Anna Peterson to bowl from the Somerset Pavilion End.

17:22 – England have won the toss and chosen to bat first again.

Suzie Bates of New Zealand and Heather Knight of England at the toss


Lizelle Lee (68) and an unbeaten 63 from Sune Luus saw South Africa to victory over  England by seven wickets with three balls to spare at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

After winning the toss and opting to bat first, England lost opener Danielle Wyatt with the score on two. Tammy Beaumont was then joined by Sarah Taylor and together they took the total onto 37 before Taylor was out caught at point for 20.

New batter Nat Sciver saw up the 50 with a single and at the halfway stage England were 66 for two.

Sciver had moved on to 16 when she launched into a big shot that was caught at long on with the total on 78, having added 41 with opener Beaumont, who was quietly accumulating at the other end.

Katharine Brunt got off the mark with a boundary, but soon after she went down the wicket and was stumped for six.

Beaumont went to her deserved 50 off the last ball of the 15th over, which also saw up the 100, the openers runs coming off 47 balls with five fours.

Beaumont and skipper Heather Knight added 48 for the fifth wicket before the former was bowled for 71 off 59 balls.

Eventually England ended on 160 for five, Knight unbeaten on 35.

Anya Shrubsole gave England the dream start when she struck with her fourth ball, which brought Luus to the wicket to join Lee.

South African ‘keeper Lee was quickly into her stride and lifted the first ball of the second over, that was bowled by Brunt, over square leg for six.

Luus also joined the party and hit Danielle Hazell over mid wicket for a six in the fifth over.

Lee and Luus were well into their stride and, although Knight rotated her bowlers well, the South African duo continued to plunder their runs.

Lee went to her 50 in style with a six off Sciver from just 29 balls, which included three fours and four sixes.

When Shrubsole returned to the attack she was immediately rewarded when Lee was caught at mid wicket by Sciver for 68 off 37 balls which made South Africa 109 for two in the 13th over. The second wicket pair added 103 in 11.3 overs.

South Africa looked to be coasting towards an easy victory but when Sophie Ecclestone claimed two wickets in the 18th over, van Niekerk stumped by Taylor off the first and Tryon bowled with her fifth, there was the hint of a wobble.

However Luus stayed firm and went to her 50 off the first ball of the 20th before seeing her side to victory with three balls to spare by which time she was unbeaten on 63 off 52 balls.

Shrubsole ended with two for 24 from her four overs.


15.42- Luus wins it in style with a 6 over mid wicket off 19.3 to see South Africa to victory by six wickets with three balls to spare. Luus stays unbeaten on 63 off 52 balls.

15.41- Luus hits Brunt to square leg for 4 to go to 50 off 50 balls. Well batted.

15.38- South Africa need 9 runs to win off 6 and its Brunt to bowl from the River End.

15.37- 150 up off 18.5 overs.

15.34- Shrubsole to bowl penultimate over.

15.32- WICKET Ecclestone strikes again as she bowls Tryon for 1 with total on 143. Great over- 17 needed off two overs.

15.29- WICKET- Van Niekerk goes stumped by Sarah Taylor- slick keeping off Ecclestone for 25- 141/3, still 20 needed.

15.28- South Africa have moved onto 141/2 needing 20 off 3 to win

15.24- 128/2 off 16 overs- well bowled Katharine Brunt.

15.19- 15 overs gone 126/2 needing 35 off five- 7 an over to win.

15.10- WICKET- Shrubsole returns at the Somerset Pavilion End and with her first ball has Lee caught at deep mid wicket for 68 off 37 balls. Just what England needed -well bowled Anya- Go Somerset.

15.07- 100 up in the 12th over- these two are taking the game away.

15.06- Lee hits Sciver for 6 to see up her 50 off 29 balls with three 4s and four 6s. Well batted.

14.59- Lee hits the third 6 of the innings as she lofts Ecclestone over mid wicket- 75/1 off 9 overs, England were 58/2 at this stage.

14.57- Better over for England as Hazell concedes just 2 runs- 62/1 off 8 overs.

14.50- Lee lifts Brunt over mid wicket for another 6 to see up the 50 after 6 overs.

14.46- Luus hits Hazell over mid wicket for another 6.

14.44- Four overs gone and its 26/1

14.41- South Africa have moved onto 20/1 compared to England’s 16/1 at the same stage.

14.34- Lee hits Brunt’s first ball over the backward square leg boundary for first 6.

14.32- WICKET- Shrubsole strikes as she bowls Wolvaardt with her fourth ball- 6/1- Great start for the Somerset bowler.

14.30- Anya Shrubsole opens the attack from the Somerset Pavilion End.

14.18- England end on 160/5 off their 20 overs- well batted captain Knight ends on 35 not out and Amy Jones unbeaten  6

14.13- Wicket- Beaumont is out bowled for 71 off 59 balls – a great innings for England, adding 48 with Knight. Amy Jones is the new batsman. Last over to come -141/5 off 19.

14.06- Three overs to go with the score on 122/4.

13.57- Beaumont goes to her 50 with a single to deep mid wicket her runs off 47 balls with 5 fours, also brings up the 100- well batted.

13,52- Wicket- Brunt is out for 6 stumped by ‘keeper Lee as she steps down the wicket and misses the ball.93/4 off 13.4 as captain Heather Knight comes in.

13.51- Beaumont plays scoop shot over ‘keeper to the fine leg boundary much to the delight of the large crowd in the ground.

13.43- Wicket- Sciver is out caught at long on for a run a ball 16- 78/3 off 11.3, as Katherine Brunt makes her way to the middle.

13.42- Beaumont and Sciver both going well and taken the score onto 73 after 11 overs.

13.31- England have moved onto 53/2 after 8 overs.

13.27- Nat Sciver single sees up the 50 off 6.6 overs.

13.20- Wicket- change of bowler bring the result when Taylor hit the first delivery to point 37/2.

13.17- After 5 overs England have moved onto 37/1, Taylor on 20 and Beaumont 16 not out.

13.11- Beaumont a lovely cover drive to the boundary in front of the Atkinson Pavilion.

13.07- Taylor hits the first boundary of the day through deep backward square leg, and next ball repeats the result this time to mid wicket. 13/1 off 2 overs.

13.02- Wicket- Wyatt is out caught at point for 1 which makes England 2/1 off 0.5 overs, Sarah Taylor is the new batsman.

12.59- England openers are out in the middle and its Wyatt to face first ball from the Somerset Pavilion End.

12:43 – The ground is filling up nicely ahead of the first of today’s two T20 Internationals. The sun is shining brightly so with an action packed double header of Vitality International T20 cricket to look forward if you are local why not head on down to the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton.


The Vitality International Tri-Series between England, South Africa and New Zealand continues at the Cooper Associates County Ground tomorrow (Saturday).

England currently top the series standings following Wednesday’s opening round of matches.

In the opening fixture of the series New Zealand beat South Africa by 66 runs following a stunning performance by Suzie Bates.

After being put in to bat, the White Ferns openers put on a record stand of 182 as New Zealand also set a new record women’s IT20 score of 216 for one. To cap a record breaking day Bates also became the highest run scorer in Women’s IT20 cricket.

Bates went to her century off 55 balls, becoming only the eighth player to reach three-figures in a women’s IT20. She went on to make 124 not out from just 66 balls in an innings that included 16 fours and three sixes.

Chasing a huge target for victory, South Africa slipped to 40 for four but Dane van Niekerk and Mignon du Preez brought up the 100 in the 14th over and their partnership of 79 was the highest fifth-wicket partnership for South Africa in T20 matches.

Van Niekerk was eventually dismissed for 58 and her departure meant the end of South Africa’s slim chances and by the end of the innings they had reached 150 for six as New Zealand won by 66 runs.

In the second match England obliterated the highest IT20 score in the history of the game just hours after New Zealand had set the record.

After electing to bat first, England’s openers Tammy Beaumont and Danielle Wyatt put on 147 for the first wicket as the hosts posted a huge total of 250 for three.

South Africa had a long way to go to threaten England’s target but despite a second good knock of the day from captain Dane van Niekerk they never got close as England won by 121 runs.

Remarkably, on a day that was all about the batters, Anya Shrubsole bowled two maidens and went for only eight runs on the occasion of her 50th IT20 appearance, an accomplishment that was marked with the presentation of a special cap prior to the start of the match.

Entry on Saturday is included in “2018 Club” plus “2018 Club & T20” Membership. This match is not covered by “2018 T20” Membership

Following Saturday’s matches, New Zealand will then play South Africa and England on June 28th in Bristol. The CloudFM County Ground, Chelmsford will host the Final between the two top-performing sides on July 1st.


England v South Africa will begin at 1pm.

Gates will open at 11am.


England v New Zealand will begin at 5:40pm.


Lauren Winfield and Katie George have been added to the England squad ahead of Saturday’s matches.

The squad in full is:

Heather Knight (captain, Berkshire)

Tammy Beaumont (Kent)

Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire)

Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire)

Georgia Elwiss (Sussex)

Tash Farrant (Kent)

Jenny Gunn (Warwickshire)

Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire)

Amy Jones (wicketkeeper, Warwickshire)

Laura Marsh (Kent)

Anya Shrubsole (Somerset)

Nat Sciver (Surrey)

Sarah Taylor (wicketkeeper, Sussex)

Danni Wyatt (Sussex)

Katie George (Hampshire)

Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)


Both matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Cricket.

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