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


3rd over: England 4-0 (Lamb 2, Beaumont 1) Not sure if this is a deliberate ploy of if Kapp has yet to find her range, but she’s very wide outside the off stump for most of the over. Beaumont is content with leaving. The last two balls are straighter but one is too straight and the England opener is off the mark with a soft dab towards midwicket.

2nd over: England 3-0 (Lamb 2, Beaumont 0) De Klerk is from the Marcus Trescothick end. She starts on the pads and Lamb tucks another off her legs. There’s a fumble behind the stumps but to be fair to Jafta the ball kept very low after pitching. Something to keep an eye on.

1st over: England 1-0 (Lamb 1, Beaumont 0) Lamb has her first international run nine months after making her debut as she tucks Kapp neatly off her pads for a single. Sedate start from Kapp, perhaps a little stiff from yesterday’s heroics. Beaumont solid in defence.

Here. We. Go. Right then. Clouds overhead. Dramatic music from the speakers. A stacked slip cordon and wouldn’t you know it, Marizanne Kapp with the new Dukes in her hand. get comfy. This should be a good ‘un.

“Good morning Dan”

Hi Jerry in Cape Town, hope it’s as gorgeous as always!

“We agree fully that yesterday was an exemplary day’s cricket, really riveting stuff in all departments. The Duke ball is a bugger though, and we are holding thumbs the SA bowlers, without Ismael and Kaka can do the same kind of damage. Hoping also the weather holds.”

Will be interesting to see how they get on without their two leading seamers. One expects Kapp might be difference with the ball as well.

Kapp-tain Marvel! Does that work? Tell you what does work, Marizanne Kapp’s bat. She was blistering yesterday. Why not read Raf’s report on that marvellous knock while we gear up for the start of play at 11am.

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Oh stop it, Marizanne! Photograph: Ryan Hiscott/Getty Images

Preamble

Morning all! Welcome to the second day of this one-off Test between England and South Africa. Yesterday was a joy. Honestly, one of the best days of Test cricket I’ve been fortunate to watch.

It had everything. Excellent new ball bowling from England with Kate Cross the standout, picking up 4-63 as she assumes the lead role now that Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt have left the scene. Lauren Bell and Issy Wong were also superb in their Test debuts and Nat Sciver was miserly as well.

At 45-5 we wondered if South Africa would reach three figures. Enter Marizanne Kapp whose 150 is up there with the great innings produced by a Saffa. She hauled her team to 284. It’s perhaps a touch below par but the tourists are still in this thanks to one woman.

England will need to bat well. They’re going through their work in the practice nets to my right. My name is Dan, do drop a mail or send me a tweet. Can’t wait to get stuck in!



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