The Momentum Proteas remain in the driving seat in their three-day warm-up clash against England ‘A’ after the hosts produced a valiant reply to the visitor’s first innings score through Georgia Elwiss’ undefeated century on Day 2 at the Arundel Cricket Club on Wednesday, 22 June 2022.
Elwiss top-scored for her side with 100* off 122 deliveries, including 14 fours as she helped England ‘A’ recover from 76 / 6 with the help of Mady Villiers (42) in a crucial 101-run, seventh-wicket partnership before the home side declared on 276 / 9, trailing by 25 runs.
At stumps, South Africa reached 140 / 2 after 40 overs, leading by 165 runs with Andrie Steyn (50*) and Lizelle Lee (28*) seemingly settled at the crease. England began the day’s play on 54 / 3 after losing three of the four top-order batters at the end of the opening day.
All-rounder Anneke Bosch (3 / 17) began where she left off from Monday evening as she bagged two quick scalps within a space of three overs to remove Danni Wyatt (8) and Lauren Winfield-Hill (0). Tumi Sekhukhune (2 / 27) then had opener Eve Jones (30) caught behind with just three runs added to leave the ‘A’ side with only four wickets in hand and still 225 runs behind.
That flurry of wickets brought Elwiss and Villiers to the crease shortly before lunch, as the pair began to rebuild the innings before upping the ante soon after the interval to bring their team back into the game.
Although South African captain, Suné Luus (1 / 35) eventually made the breakthrough to send Villiers back to the changeroom, Elwiss found able partners in Danielle Gibson (23), Freya Kemp (22) and Sarah Glenn (10*) to help launch the hosts to 276 / 9 before deciding to declare after Elwiss reached her hundred.
The other wicket-takers for South Africa included Marizanne Kapp (1 / 34) and Chloé Tryon (1 / 40). In their second outing with the bat, the Proteas Women lost the shero from the first innings in Laura Wolvaardt (10) early on before Lara Goodall and Steyn stabilized proceedings with a half-century partnership to propel the away side to 83 / 2, after the former was dismissed for 34.
An unbeaten third-wicket stand between Steyn and Lee worth 57 runs took the Proteas to 140 / 2 at the close of play, with a 165-run second innings lead going into the third and final day. The last day of the warm-up encounter gets underway from 11h00 local time (12h00 SA time) on Thursday, 23 June.
Warm-Up Test – South Africa vs England ‘A’ – South Africa leads by 165 runs.
South Africa: 301 all out (L. Wolvaardt 101 (148), L. Goodall 51 (103); S. Glenn 5 / 47)
England ‘A’: 276 / 9 after 78 overs (G. Elwiss 100* (122), M. Villiers 42 (73), A. Bosch 3 / 17, T. Sekhukhune 2 / 27 South Africa: 140 / 2 after 40 overs (A. Steyn 50* (X), L. Goodall 34 (); G. Potts 1 / 18, S. Glenn 1 / 31
Momentum Proteas Squad for England Tour – Test & ODIs:
Anneke Bosch (Senwes Dragons)
Trisha Chetty (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal)
Nadine de Klerk (Six Gun Grill Western Province)
Lara Goodall (Six Gun Grill Western Province)
Shabnim Ismail (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal)
Sinalo Jafta (Six Gun Grill Western Province)
Marizanne Kapp (Eastern Province)
Ayabonga Khaka (Imperial Lions)
Lizelle Lee (Senwes Dragons)
Suné Luus (Titans Ladies)
Nonkululeko Mlaba (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal)
Tumi Sekhukhune (Imperial Lions)
Andrie Steyn (Six Gun Grill Western Province)
Chloé Tryon (Hollywoodbets KZN Coastal)
Laura Wolvaardt (Six Gun Grill Western Province)
Momentum Proteas Tour to England Itinerary:
Warm-Up Match – Tuesday, 21 June – Thursday, 23 June @ 11h00 local time – Three-Day – South Africa vs England A (Arundel CC, Arundel)
Only Test – Monday, 27 June – Thursday June 30 @ 11h00 local time – Once-off Test – England vs South Africa (Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton)
Warm-Up Matches – Monday, 04 July @ 14h00 local time – T20 – South Africa vs England A (Cheltenham CC, Cheltenham)
Thursday, 07 July @ 11h00 local time – 50-over – South Africa vs England A (Cheltenham CC, Cheltenham)
One-Day International Series – Monday, 11 July @ 14h00 local time – 1st ODI – England vs South Africa (The County Ground, Northampton)
Friday, 15 July @ 14h00 local time – 2nd ODI – England vs South Africa (Bristol County Ground, Bristol)
Monday, 18 July @ 14h00 local time – 3rd ODI – England vs South Africa (The Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester)
T20 Series – Thursday, 21 July @ 19h00 local time – 1st T20 – England vs South Africa (The Cloudfm County Ground, Chelmsford)
Saturday, 23 July @ 14h30 local time – 2nd T20 – England vs South Africa (Blackfinch New Road, Worcester)
Monday, 25 July @ 18h30 local time – 3rd T20 – England vs South Africa (The Incora County Ground, Derby)
Photo 1 Caption: The Momentum Proteas remain in the driving seat in their three-day warm-up clash against England ‘A’ after the hosts produced a valiant reply to the visitor’s first innings score through Georgia Elwiss’ undefeated century on Day 2 at the Arundel Cricket Club on Wednesday, 22 June 2022. Photo: Anneke Bosch (Instagram)
With editing by gsport