England v South Africa: women’s Test match, day four – live! | Women’s cricket


Issy Wong was brilliant last night and ripped South Africa’s top order to shreds. She was equally brilliant in the post-play presser.

“It’s been wild,” is how she described the experience of charging in with a new Dukes ball on Test debut. “That’s the dream, isn’t it? It’s probably something I’ve dreamed of since I started playing cricket when I was five.”

Read Raf’s report here.

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Issy Wong of England had reason to smile after her blistering spell last night. Photograph: Harry Trump/ECB/Getty Images

Preamble

Good morning everyone. And what a morning it is! The ground is bathed in glorious sunshine, the Quantock Hills in the distance are looking lush, and the players are getting through their work as England go chasing the seven wickets they need to bundle South Africa out.

The tourists are 78 runs behind at 55-3 with captain Sune Luus at the crease on 4 alongside night-watcher Tumi Sekhukhune on 1. Some big batters are still to come including Lizelle Lee and Marizanne Kapp – whose 150 in the first dig dragged her team to a competitive score. But with the top three back in the shed, it’s a big ol’ mountain to climb.

That England are in the ascendancy is down to Issy Wong’s double strike late in the gloom last night. She nabbed Lara Goodall and the big fish of Laura Wolvaardt in consecutive overs in a fiery spell. Throw in Kate Cross’s wicket of Andrie Steyn and the magnificent 169 not-out from Nat Sciver and it’s clear which side is on top.

But this is Test cricket, and this is a match that has undulated across a gripping three days. What will we see next?



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