Boland/Western Province Invitational XI v England Women, Port Elizabeth February 12, 2004

Pearson and Wardlaw crush Boland

Wisden Cricinfo staff

England 207 for 6 (Edwards 44, Pietersen 3-43) beat Boland/Western Province Invitation XI 53 (Pearson 4-10, Wardlaw 3-6) by 154 runs

England's women continued the winning start to their tour of South Africa, as a combined Western Province/Boland XI were bundled out for 53 at Port Elizabeth.

England's heroines were Lucy Pearson, who ripped through the top order with 4 for 10 in her 10 overs, and Helen Wardlaw, who tweaked through the tail and picked up three wickets while conceding just six runs from 10 overs. Faced with a less-than-formidable 208 for victory, the South Africans never recovered from an atrocious start and opted for extreme caution, eking out their runs at barely one an over.

After winning the toss, Clare Connor chose to bat first, and all the batsmen made starts. Charlotte Edwards launched the innings with 44 from 71 balls, while Clare Taylor added a brisk 31 from 38. England suffered a slight wobble in mid-innings, as A Pietersen ripped out three wickets in as many overs, but Jane Smit and Jenny Gunn put on an unbeaten 54 for the seventh wicket.