Tammy Beaumont scored a stunning century as England took an 8-2 lead in this multiformat series with a 109‑run win against South Africa in the third one-day international at Leicester.
In the sweltering heat, England stormed to their fifth-highest ODI total after being put in to bat, and their 371 for seven proved too much for the Proteas. England’s opening pair of Emma Lamb and Beaumont put on 149 before the loss of the first wicket in the 23rd over, with the Kent-born batter Beaumont going on to make 119 from 107 deliveries, her ninth ODI century.
“It felt really good,” Beaumont said. “I felt like it was a good batting wicket so once we got in it was a case of – even though it was really hot and not fun to run a lot of twos – just get on with it and focus as much as possible. It was good to get out there.”
South Africa started their chase brightly. Yet again Marizanne Kapp batted well, and Chloe Tryon top‑scored with 70, however the visitors made only 262.
On the hottest day of the year so far extra drinks breaks were introduced, but England thrived, moving 8-2 ahead in the series with only three T20s – worth two points each – left to play before the Commonwealth Games.
In the first innings Lamb brought up her second half-century in five ODI matches to continue her impressive run of form since coming into the side, finishing with 65 from 66 balls.
Despite the intense weather, all of England’s top four made half‑centuries. Sophia Dunkley impressed after being promoted to No 3, with the all-rounder Nat Sciver rested, hitting 51. Heather Knight also brought up her own personal milestone, scoring 63, while Danni Wyatt added an important 33 from just 14 deliveries at the back end of the England innings.
South Africa started their chase in emphatic fashion, hitting 15 off the first two overs, with Laura Wolvaardt making 56 from 51 at the top of the order to give her side a solid platform.
However, the loss of wickets left the Proteas struggling to keep up with the run rate before a solid partnership between Kapp and Tryon.
Kapp followed up her 73 in the previous game with another half‑century, from 41 deliveries in a 110-run partnership that briefly threatened to push the game into a close final few overs. But Kapp was out for 62 and Tryon did not last too much longer before getting caught off Charlie Dean. The England off‑spinner finished as the pick of the bowlers with three for 42, including the wickets of Wolvaardt and Steyn. Lamb also took three wickets.