Friday, August 12, 2022

Issie Wong double-strikes, Nat Sciver’s 169* to top England on rain-hit day

South Africa 284 and 55 for 3 (Lus 4, Sekhukhun 1*, Wong 2-8) Trail England 417 for December 8 (Sciver 169, Davidson-Richards 107) by 82 runs

Issie Wong provided the spark on a gloomy evening to keep England firmly in control on the final day of their Test with South Africa.

After hours of watching the rain, 20-year-old debutante Wong dismissed dangerous opener Laura Wolvaardt for the second time in the match, as well as Lara Goodall to take two wickets in the same number of overs.

Nat Sciver has been at the center of the action throughout this match, his unbeaten 169 allowing England to declare 133 runs ahead and he took two crucial catches as South Africa were reduced to 55 for 3 on the third day, then 82 runs were also scored. in arrears.

After a second rain delay lasting almost three hours, play resumed at 6.30 pm local time and with only 11 balls to be bowled, the rain returned, though play continued and the showers passed.

It was equally good for England when Wong caught Goodall in the middle of an excellent spell by Amy Jones, fired the ball all over the leg side and caught a faint edge.

Wong then claimed Wolvaardt’s prize wicket for just 16, on the edge of the lane where Sciver took a sharp catch diving to his right.

Weather was certainly a factor in the timing of England’s game announcement and there was almost half an hour left in the morning session. And while it took Sciver 20 runs behind Betty Snowball’s record for the highest Test score set by an England female player in 1935, the fact that more rain is forecast for the final day and England is up for a result Eager to force, the team’s goal was seeded on individual milestones.

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When England made an early breakthrough in South Africa’s second innings, Sciver was again in action, with Kate Cross claiming her fifth wicket for the match when she saw Andrey Steyn drive a pitched ball just outside the stumps. Invited to and got an edge to fly. The alley, where Sciver took the sound, held low.

England then thought that Cross had dismissed Goodall lbw, but their attempts to overturn umpire Anna Harris’ not-out decision failed when DRS confirmed Goodall had batted on the ball. After some time it rained and the players ran out of the field.

Only another eight overs were bowled when the game resumed with South Africa closing the gap to 106 before another heavy shower brought the opening tea.

Earlier, Sciver made an unbeaten 119 overnight, surpassing Marijane Kapp’s 150 in South Africa’s first innings. After resuming with a 44-run advantage, Sciver and Sophie Ecclestone added another 65 runs in the first hour of the day, both finding boundaries with relative ease as they looked to accelerate.

Sciver shared a 207-run stand with old classmate Ellis Davidson-Richards for the sixth wicket, which fell to his name with a century on Test debut off the final ball of the second day.

Anneke Bosch dropped a return catch for 18 off Ecclestone when, in his second over of the day, a strongly struck opportunity slipped through his hands during his follow-through. Sciver then immediately hits a continuous boundary, pulls it through square leg and breaks it over midwicket. She pushed Noncululeko Mlaba to long on for a single shortly afterwards.

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Ecclestone fell for 35 when trying to take Malaba to fine leg by running across her stump, she hit the front pad in line with leg stump.

England declared after Cross was dismissed off four balls that Sciver hit another Mlaba delivery towards midwicket, where Nadine de Klerk gathered and threw at the non-striker’s end. Cross turned back but failed to land his bat.

Sciver admitted the previous evening that the desire to have a show in the context of the wider discussion about the future of the Women’s Test had been raised in the England camp before the match.

“We talked about it before we started the game,” she said. “And yes, there were comments that didn’t support women’s Test matches, which isn’t something we agree with so we’re playing, I think a little bit of headlines after that comment. So yeah, we Want to emphasize a result.

“For me, I didn’t take it out on the pitch. We talked about it a bit before the game, but when I’m there, we’re playing cricket, we’re playing for each other. Our team playing for.”

With only seven wickets needed, the hosts’ prospects looked bright, provided the weather was not a huge factor. Sune Luce remained unbeaten on 4 runs in the pass with nightwatcher Tumi Sekhukhune.

Valkerie Baynes is the General Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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