August 8, 2003

Taylor leads England women's reply against South Africa

Wisden CricInfo staff

Close England 209 for 3 (Taylor 89*, Connor 61) trail South Africa 316 by 107 runs
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Claire Taylor led the way for England in their healthy first-innings reply against South Africa with an unbeaten 89 on the second day of the first Test at Shenley. Taylor hit 13 fours and shared a 103-run partnership with Clare Connor to guide England to within 107 runs of South Africa.

But England still had to wait a while as South Africa continued their careful progress in the morning. After 14-year-old Johmari Logtenberg added just four runs to her overnight 70, Cri-Zelda Brits (32) and Sune van Zyl (37) put on a useful 59 to keep England's bowlers on the field, of who Lucy Pearson and Helen Wardlaw took three wickets apiece.

In their reply, England faltered to 34 for 2 when openers Charlotte Edwards (18) and Laura Edwards (7) both fell early. However, Taylor and Connor, who scored 61, put England back on course and a first-innings lead is now in their sights.