Women’s World Cup: Defending champions England face premature exit after losing to South Africa in thriller final

Women’s World Cup 2022: Defending champions England have slipped to their third defeat in a row and are threatened with an early end. South Africa, who gunned down 236, are on course for success at the flagship event in New Zealand.

South Africa beat England by 3 wickets to celebrate their third win in the trot at the 2022 Women’s World Cup (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • South Africa (236/7) beat England (235/9) by 3 wickets
  • South Africa jumped to 2nd place in the points table after 3 wins in the trot
  • England threatens an early end after 3 defeats in a row

South Africa staged their highest-ever Women’s World Cup chase in a last-over thriller against holders England at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Monday. Chasing 236, South Africa rode Laura Wolvaardt’s 77 and practical contributions from captain Sune Luus to cross the finish line with 4 deliveries and 3 wickets.

All-rounder Marizanne Kapp was the star for South Africa on Monday as she took 5 wickets and scored 32 quick strikes to ensure they continued their perfect record at the World Cup.

It was also only the second win for South Africa against England at the Women’s World Cup, while the previous victory came 22 years ago at the 2000 World Cup in New Zealand.

It was a fascinating day at the Women’s World Cup as Bangladesh recorded their first-ever victory in the tournament’s history, beating Pakistan earlier in the day.

L, L, L: NOT LOOKING GOOD FOR ENGLAND

Things are not looking good for holders England, who have become the first side to lose three games in a row after lifting the trophy last edition. England are rooted in seventh, one above Pakistan, as their campaign faces a premature end after defeats by Australia, the West Indies and South Africa.

On the other hand, the South African side of Luus are on the right track after winning their first three games at the Women’s World Cup. They are 2nd in the points table, tied with Australia on 6 points. India is in 2nd place with 4 points from 3 games.

SHORT RESULTS

South Africa 236/7 in 49.2 overs (Wolvaardt 77, Luus 36; shrub sole 2/34) beat England 235/9 in 50 overs (Beaumont 62; Kapp 5/45, class 2/23) with 3 gates.

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