England kept away from victory due to rain, Sekhukhun and Kapp showed resistance

England kept away from victory due to rain, Sekhukhun and Kapp showed resistance

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01 Jul 2022
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The last time the England women’s team won a Test match at home was in 2005. They had a chance to repeat this win but due to rain the entire over of the game could not be completed. On the fourth and final day against South Africa, only 43.1 overs were possible.

“It’s a disappointing ending,” said Captain Heather Knight. “It was well set up for us to push for victory. We played exactly how I wanted to – we tried and took whatever chance we got to go ahead with the game – but ultimately we were one day short. Having lost the game.”

South Africa lost two wickets in the morning session but rain forced an early lunch break. And although play resumed briefly at 3.50 pm, Marijne Cup (43) and Tumi Sekhukhun (33) remained unbeaten when play was stopped again 40 minutes later. The captains eventually joined hands for a draw at 5.35 pm, meaning the teams go into the ODI stage of the series with two points each.

With all seven previous Women’s Tests played having been drawn, the result adds weight to recent calls for the ICC to mandate a fifth day in the format. Heather Knight also emphasized this point. “It is difficult for women’s Test cricket to continue to struggle when too many games end in draws,” she said.

South Africa captain Sune Luce said his team “totally enjoyed” their first experience of Test cricket since 2014. He said, “I sent a message to the girls every day to enjoy the game as much as possible. We don’t know when Test match cricket is going to come to us again, so for us it was to live in the moment and take it all.”

England started the day with seven wickets to win, but nightwatcher Sekhukhune was adamant on saving his team from defeat, barring bad deliveries and defending good deliveries, coming back not out after facing 134 balls. Returned.

England struck twice at the other end: Kate Cross dismissed Lewis lbw on her seventh ball of the day when she came forward on a late swing; While Cross was in action again 15 overs later, running back from mid-off, caught Lizelle Lee.

England did some sluggish fielding in the field and it showed a lot of effect. When Lee misses Issie Wong’s ball, Amy Jones misses to stump her. While Sophie Ecclestone dropped a catch at second slip to Sekhukhun in the post-lunch period, again denying Wong the fourth wicket.

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