England women’s World Cup hopes are hanging by a thread after a three-wicket defeat by South Africa


England women’s World Cup hopes are hanging by a thread after a three-wicket defeat by South Africa… with defending champions having lost all THREE of their group games in New Zealand

  • England batted first at the Bay Oval and posted 235 for nine from 50 overs 
  • Opener Tammy Beaumont and wicketkeeper Amy Jones hit half-centuries 
  • Marizanne Kapp kept them in check with a five-wicket haul at the Bay Oval 
  • Laura Wolvaardt was dropped three times before she was dismissed for 77
  • Trisha Chetty and Shabnim Ismail then saw South Africa home with four balls left

England women’s hopes of defending their World Cup title are on a knife edge after they suffered a third straight group-game defeat. 

Heather Knight’s side batted first in at the Bay Oval and posted 235 for nine from their 50 overs, with Tammy Beaumont and Amy Jones hitting half-centuries.

However, the 2017 champions were kept in check by Marizanne Kapp, who recorded figures of five for 45 from her 10 overs.

England women lost their third World Cup group game with a three-wicket defeat by South Africa

England posted 235 from 50 overs but saw their total chased down with four balls to spare

England posted 235 from 50 overs but saw their total chased down with four balls to spare

In reply South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt hit 77, though she was dropped three times by England before also surviving a missed stumping chance.

However, wickets from Kate Cross, Anya Shrubsole, Charlie Dean and Sophie Ecclestone, as well as a Katherine Brunt run out made for a tense finish.

But wicketkeeper Trisha Chetty – who hit the winning runs over the legside – and Shabnim Ismail saw their side home to a three-wicket win with four balls to spare. 

Tammy Beaumont (right) and Amy Jones (left) hit half-centuries for Heather Knight's side

Tammy Beaumont (right) and Amy Jones (left) hit half-centuries for Heather Knight’s side

Marizanne Kapp recorded figures of five for 45 from her 10 overs to keep England in check

Marizanne Kapp recorded figures of five for 45 from her 10 overs to keep England in check

It therefore confirmed another damaging defeat for the 2017 champions, who remain on zero points following previous losses to Australia and West Indies.

The round-robin format of the group stage still offers England the chance of finishing among the top four sides that will qualify for the semi-final.

But they have their backs very much against the wall with India up on Wednesday before facing hosts New Zealand on Saturday. 

But 77 from South Africa's Laura Wolvaardt ensured their chase got off to a steady start

But 77 from South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt ensured their chase got off to a steady start

But Shabnim Ismail and Trisha Chetty held their nerve to see their side home at the Bay Oval

But Shabnim Ismail and Trisha Chetty held their nerve to see their side home at the Bay Oval

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