Katherine Brunt breaks England’s T20 record in decisive win over South Africa


atherine Brunt overtook Anya Shrubsole to become England’s top international Twenty20 wicket taker as the hosts beat South Africa by six wickets at New Road, writes Rachel Steinberg.

The result saw England win the three-game T20I series with one game to spare, having already completed the multi-format contest.

Alice Capsey, replacing captain Heather Knight who was ruled out with a hip injury suffered in the last game, won her first wicket for her country.

Anneke Bosch and Lara Goodall combined for an opening partnership of 102 as the tourists set a target of 149, which England comfortably chased with an over to spare.

England entered the game with a 10-2 lead, having also won all three one-day internationals and the opening T20 match at Essex after a draw in the stand-alone Test.

Substitute skipper Nat Sciver, England’s top scorer with 47 of 41 deliveries, won the coin toss and opted to field first.

South Africa settled into a comfortable opening pace, with the opening partnership of Bosch and Goodall combining for 25 runs in their first five overs.

The pair had put in 98 before Capsey, who watched England win the World Cup in 2017 as a fan, received the ball for 15th.

Goodall pounced on the 17-year-old’s first delivery with an inverted four-point sweep to conjure up the partnership of the century for tourists.

The debutante responded in style, taking her first wicket on the next ball when Goodall, at 42, sliced ​​towards Sciver at the backseat for an easy hold.

Bosch hit 61 before falling in Lbw to Sophie Ecclestone, who finished with two for 27.

Brunt’s first crack at this milestone came with his second delivery of the 19th as South Africa looked to go past 150.

But Sciver dropped the catch at extra coverage, recovering quickly to miss Mignon du Preez for the fifth wicket.

With two deliveries remaining, Brunt sent a slow ball past Laura Wolvaardt (21), writing her name in the history books as the South African mistimed her swing and the ball severed her stump of the leg. Sinalo Jafta’s latest single took South Africa to 148 for six.

Sophia Dunkley, who was promoted to open in the first T20I at Chelmsford, played herself before taking a six and three fours on successive deliveries from Masabata Klaas but was then caught long-range for 23 of 15.

Danni Wyatt achieved a milestone as she became the third England player to reach 2,000 T20I runs on an afternoon that saw her take 39 of 24 balls before being brilliantly caught by Sune Luus.

Sciver, who was nearly sent off in the 18th but for an error by Klaas, was unfortunately exhausted before they could make 50 but England found themselves needing just eight balls from 12 and Maia Bouchier finished the job with two fours.

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