ICC Women’s World Cup: South Africa beats England by 3 wickets

South Africa extended their unbeaten run in the tournament on Monday, defeating reigning champions England by three wickets to complete a hat-trick of victories in the ongoing ICC Women’s ODI World Cup.

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South Africa used Marizanne Kapp’s (5/45) best ODI bowling performance to limit four-time winners England to 235 for nine, while Laura Wolvaardt (77 off 101 balls) held their innings together as they overcame a late scare to reach the goal with four balls to spare.

Marizanne Kapp starred with the ball and then had to do it again with the bat to give South Africa their first World Cup victory over England in more than two decades – and only the second in the tournament’s history – and leave the defending champions winless and facing an early exit after three games.

Following each of England’s two ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 losses, their bowling was questioned. England’s bowlers conceded 310 runs against Australia before succumbing to another tight defeat to the West Indies due to more errant bowling. 

Nat Scriver, who made a century in England’s first-match loss to Australia, was dismissed for two, leaving Tammy Beaumont with 46 from 76 balls to try to rebuild the innings. At 156 for eight, tailenders Ecclestone and Kate Cross were left to chase down the remaining 70 runs. They came close, with 33 not out and 27 respectively, but Cross’ ejection put an end to any thoughts of a comeback.

South Africa, on the other side, is having a fantastic tournament. They just trounced Pakistan, casting doubt on their chances of entering the playoffs. Sune Luus, who led her side to victory over Bangladesh in their first match, described it as a nerve-wracking experience.

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