England Women v South Africa Women Emerging XI – 50-over warm-up match, Mamelodi Cricket Club
South Africa Women Emerging XI won the toss and elected to bat
South Africa Women Emerging XI – 62 (Danielle Wyatt 3-7)
England Women – 63-1 (Amy Jones 44*, Charlotte Edwards 13*)
England Women won by 9 wickets
Amy Jones staked her claims for a place at the top of the England women batting order in Sunday’s opening one-day international with a brutal display of clean hitting in a comprehensive warm-up victory against a South Africa Women’s Emerging XI.
The 22-year-old Warwickshire batter, who missed Tuesday’s friendly with bruised knuckles, made an unbeaten 44 from 35 balls as England made light work of chasing 63, winning by nine wickets with 39.5 overs to spare.
Sterner tests are likely to await new Head Coach Mark Robinson’s side when the ODI series begins in Benoni, but he will have been pleased by a ruthless dismantling of the opposition at Mamelodi CC – where last month the England men’s team delivered a coaching session for local youngsters.
Brunt took 1-6 from four overs and Shrubsole finished with 2-15 from six as the Emerging XI were immediately put under the cosh.
Dani Wyatt ripped through the middle-order as she took 3-7 with her off-breaks, whilst there were also wickets for Jenny Gunn, Heather Knight, Becky Grundy and Georgia Elwiss as the hosts were bundled out for 62 in 28.2 overs.
Robinson elected to test a new opening pair of Jones and Lauren Winfield, and although the latter fell for five, Jones was soon up and running with a couple of early boundaries.
She hammered eight fours in total as England raced to victory, with skipper Charlotte Edwards adding an unbeaten 13.
You can see video interviews with the players here.
England women’s tour to South Africa 2016 schedule in full:
|7.2.16||1st ODI *||Sahara Willowmoore Park, Benoni|
|12.2.16||2nd ODI *||SuperSport Park, Centurion|
|14.2.16||3rd ODI *||Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
|18.2.16||1st T20I||Boland Park, Paarl|
|19.2.16||2nd T20I +||Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town|
|21.2.16||3rd T20I +||Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg|
* ICC Women’s Championship fixture
+ Double-header with men’s T20I (South Africa v England)
Live radio commentary will be provided for all six fixtures against South Africa women by BBC Radio 5Live Sports Extra or online on bbc.co.uk/cricket
Sky Sports will provide live ball-by-ball television coverage of the final two T20Is on 19.2.16 and 21.2.16
Photo above by Don Miles from the tour of New Zealand 2015
Report courtesy of the ECB