England continue winning run against South Africa after Brunt-Capsey’s all-round show

Katherine Brunt delivered with bat and ball for England. © Getty Images

England continued their recent dominance against South Africa as they beat them by 26 runs at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Tuesday (August 2).

England have now won both their matches in Group B, while South Africa are winless after two matches. Today’s win meant that England have now won each of their last five matches in the format, while South Africa have lost five on the trot, with four of those losses coming against England.

Shabnim Ismail gave South Africa a good start by dismissing the in-form Sophia Dunkley in the second over for just one. She dismissed Danielle Wyatt who scored a rapid 20 too within the Powerplay but young Alice Capsey continued to impress and also found the boundary at regular intervals.

England then lost three wickets in no time as captain Natalie Sciver, Capsey and Maia Bouchier were dismissed in the space of nine balls.

That left England at a precarious score of 94 for 5 after 13 overs. The veteran duo of Katherine Brunt and Amy Jones then made their experience count as they batted right through the innings and added 73 runs in the last seven overs. Brunt finished unbeaten on 38* off 23 balls, while Jones scored 36 off 23 balls.

Chasing a stiff target of 168, Tazmin Brits and Anneke Bosch put on a 64-run opening partnership but they also played out 9.1 overs for the same. That meant the asking rate kept shooting up throughout and South Africa bumped up Laura Wolvaardt and Chloe Tryon to number three and number four respectively.

Tryon went big from the beginning and managed to score 16 off just 11 balls, while Wolvaardt finished with 41* off 33 balls. Brunt made a decisive intervention with the ball too as she dismissed the big hitting Tryon just when it seemed that she was dragging South Africa back in the chase.

Ultimately, South Africa never got close and England continued their winning streak as well as complete domination over South Africa this summer, winning their seventh match across formats against them.

England will take on New Zealand in their final group stage match, while South Africa will face Sri Lanka on Thursday.

Brief scores: England 167/5 in 20 overs (Alice Capsey 50, Katherine Brunt 38*; Shabnim Ismail 2/27) beat South Africa 141/4 in 20 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 41*, Tazmin Brits 38; Katherine Brunt 1/16) by 26 runs