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Sciver notched up her maiden Test century
Natalie Sciver (119*) and Alice Davidson-Richards (107) crafted fine centuries as England vaulted into the lead against South Africa on the second day of the Test at Taunton. The sixth-wicket pair put on an excellent 207-run stand that lifted the hosts out of a spot of bother and into a position of control. They lost Davidson-Richards to what was the penultimate ball of the day but the young debutant had played her part in giving her side a lead of 44 with four wickets in hand.
England began well in response to South Africa’s 284 with Emma Lamb and Tammy Beaumont adding 65 at more than three runs to the over. Both openers though were dismissed by Anne Bosch in rapid succession just before the Lunch interval. South Africa should have also had captain Heather Knight off the bowling of Marizanne Kapp but ‘keeper Sinalo Jafta dived across Sune Luus resulting in a drop.
South Africa though weren’t made to pay by Knight, who fell in dramatic circumstances straight after the interval. Sciver worked a ball towards square leg and a slight hesitation between the two batters was enough for Tumi Sekhukhune to fire a quick throw to Jafta and catch Knight short of her crease despite a desperate dive. South Africa used the break to further move ahead in the game when Sophia Dunkley edged Bosch to slip. In the very next over, Nonkululeko Mlaba bowled Amy Jones for a duck to leave England wobbling at a 121 for 5.
That brought the debutant Davidson-Richards and Sciver together. If there were nerves, they weren’t on display. Davidson-Richards hit four boundaries and reached 20 off 53 while her more accomplished partner kicked on to bring up her half-century with a drive through mid-off for four. The partnership was already worth 55 when the teams went in for the tea break.
South Africa lost control in the final session, a period of play that coincided with the two batters taking on a more proactive approach. It began sedately, though, with no boundaries coming off the first nine overs. Then Sciver hit Mlaba for a pair of boundaries and Davidson-Richards matched that in the following with two of her own off Luus. The debutant passed her 50 and picked up the pace as Sciver edged closer to her hundred. She moved from 93 to 100 with a a top-edged pull for two, a swivel-pull to fine-leg for four before pushing to cover and scampering away for the milestone single.
Her batting partner got to the milestone not too long after. Between them, Davidson-Richards and Sciver hit 32 boundaries and hit 152 runs in the final session before the stand ended in anticlimactic circumstances when the debutant, in her quest to remain positive even in the final over of the day, sliced a wide delivery from Sekhukhune to point. She was dismissed for 107 but Sciver was around with four partners to try and build the lead on Day 3 with.
Brief scores: England Women 328/6 (Nat Sciver 119*, Alice Davidson-Richards 107; Anne Bosch 3-59) lead South Africa Women 284 by 44 runs.