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Vitality IT20 Tri-Series: Records Smashed on Incredible Day

MATCH TWO

England hit the highest IT20 score in the history of the game just hours after New Zealand had set the record on a truely remarkable day of cricket at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

On a dominated by the bat,  Tammy Beaumont also smashed her way to the second-fastest IT20 ton as England stamped their mark on the Vitality IT20 Tri-Series with a 121-run victory over South Africa.

Beaumont and Wyatt put on 147 for the first wicket and Nat Sciver and Katherine Brunt refused to lose the momentum as the hosts piled on a huge 250 for three.

Wyatt fell for 57 but Beaumont raced along to bring up her three figures in just 47 balls, second only to Deandra Dottin’s record of 39 balls.

Brunt and Sciver’s cameos were equally aggressive, with their innings and Beaumont’s ranking as England’s quickest knocks for all innings over 25.

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.

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.

It was a good start from Mark Robinson’s side but they’ll want to back it up in their double-header on Saturday.

Suzie Bates walks off after her innings of 124*

MATCH ONE

A record breaking opening stand between Suzie Bates and Sophie Devine saw New Zealand to a comprehensive victory over South Africa in the opening Vitality IT20 Tri-Series match at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

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 for the White Ferns, Bates also became the highest run scorer in Women’s IT20 cricket.

South Africa skipper, Dane van Niekerk won the toss and elected to bowl but unfortunately for the Proteas that was as good as the afternoon got.

Bates and Devine took the attack to the South African bowlers and brought up the 100 in the 11th over.

Bates went to her century off 55 balls, becoming only the eighth player to reach three-figures in a women’s IT20.

The score had reached 182 when Devine was caught by Tazmin Brits off the bowling of Marizanne Kapp for 73. Her runs came from 48 balls and included four fours and four sixes.

Bates 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 lost Lizelle Lee with just 29 on the board. They then lost Brits, Laura Wolvaardt and Sune Luus with the score on 40.

However, 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. However, du Preez was run out for 36 to leave South Africa on 119 for five.

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

SERIES PREVIEW

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

The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton will host double-header match-days tomorrow and Saturday.

South Africa will face New Zealand then England on June 20th whilst England will take on South Africa and New Zealand on June 23rd.

Entry is free to “Club” plus “Club & T20” Members. This match is not covered by “T20” Membership

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.

MATCH ONE

South Africa v New Zealand will begin at 1pm.

Gates will open at 11am.

MATCH TWO

England v South Africa will begin at 5:40pm.

TEAM NEWS

Ahead of the series England have named a squad of 14 for their opening match, with two additions to join and take the group up to 16 for the double-header on Saturday.

The 14-strong group for the first game – against South Africa tomorrow is the same as the squad named for the Royal London ODI series, with Tash Farrant replacing Lauren Winfield.

Winfield will bolster the group for the second and third IT20 – both to be played on June 24 – as will Hampshire’s Katie George.

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)

To join the squad for the IT20 double-header on June 24:

Katie George (Hampshire)

Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire)

Coach Mark Robinson said: “In selecting this squad, we’ve had the opportunity to consider our England Women’s Senior Academy fixtures against South Africa and New Zealand and it’s heartening to see so much competition for places.

“We saw some excellent individual performances in those games – Sophia Dunkley hit 91 against New Zealand, Emma Lamb and Freya Davies have bowled well and Bryony Smith made an outstanding 92 yesterday against South Africa.

“There’s a growing number of players beginning to make cases for selection which is a reflection of the depth that’s starting to emerge and that’s exciting.”

HOW CAN I KEEP UP TO DATE?

Both matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Cricket.

You can also keep up to date via the ECB website by clicking here

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

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