Nat and Alice give England First Innings Lead


Alice Davidson-Richards became the first England player since W.G. Grace to score a century and take a wicket on Test debut as England secured a 44-run first innings lead at the close of play on day two of this LV= Insurance Test match against South Africa at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Nat Sciver also reached her maiden Test three figure score as the pair shared a sixth wicket stand of 207 to ensure that England finished the day on 328 for six in reply to South Africa’s 284 all out.

It was quite a turn around for the home nation who, following a solid start, had slipped to 86 for three when Heather Knight was run out off the first ball after lunch.

Following another memorable day for Women’s cricket at Taunton, Sciver said: “I was pleased to make it through to the end of the day, and it’s important that we’re ahead of their first innings score. I’m also really happy for Alice. We’re out there, we’re playing for each other, we’re playing for our team and we’re pushing for a result.

“We want to get as big a lead as we can. We’ve still got some quality batters to come and I’m excited to get back out there again tomorrow morning. I’ll be looking to get myself in again and we’ll se how it goes.”

Davidson-Richards was understandably delighted by how she performed. “It was a very special day,” she said. “It meant a lot to have Nat out there with me, and for it to happen in a Test match was really special.”

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