ICC Women’s World Cup: Records tumble as England thrash South Africa by 68 runs
Tamsin Beaumont and Sarah Taylor notched up fine centuries en route to guiding England to a scintillating victory over the Proteas in the ICC Women’s World Cup.cricket Updated: Jul 06, 2017 13:34 IST
A number of records tumbled in the ICC Women’s World Cup on Thursday as England beat South Africa by 68 runs to clinch their third victory in four matches while the Proteas fell to their first defeat.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, England women put up a mammoth 374-run target for South Africa with Tamsin Beaumont (148) and Sarah Taylor (147) leading from the front. Taylor was the more aggressive of the two, hitting 24 boundaries en route to her sixth career century in 105 One Day Internationals.
The duo stitched a 275-run partnership, which is not just an English record for any wicket, but also the second best after the 320-run partnership put up by India’s Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut earlier this year.
It was also the best stand for a second-wicket, going past the 262-run partnership between New Zealand’s Suzie Bates and Haidee Tiffen against Pakistan in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 in Sydney; thus setting a new record in the World Cup.
Beaumont also reached 1,000 career runs on Friday with a boundary down to fine leg in the 47th over. However, shortly after, trying for a paddle sweep, she fell to Marizanne Kapp to fall just two runs short of what could have been yet another landmark for the 26-year-old.
However, the damage was already done by then. From 167 for the loss of a wicket at the end of the 30th over, England put up 206 in the final 20 overs as the game drifted away in favour of the hosts.
In reply, South Africa made a promising start, but with a mountain to climb, they kept trailing behind the required rate. Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt stuck half-centuries while opening the innings for them, but after they fell, it was only Chloe Tyron who managed to get past the 50-mark.
They eventually finished at 305 for the loss of nine wickets. It helped smash yet another record as the total runs scored in a single game went past the existing record by 101 runs.
The teams ended with 678 in comparison to 577 set by Australia and New Zealand back in December 2012.