South Africa v England, 2nd women's ODI, East London February 18, 2004

England women square the series

Wisden Cricinfo staff

England 281 for 7 (Edwards 102, Newton 65) beat South Africa 162 by 119 runs

England's women won the second ODI against South Africa at East London by a handsome 119 runs, to draw level in the five-Test series. After winning the toss and batting first, England breezed along to 281 for 7 in their 50 overs, a total that proved to be well out of the reach of South Africa. None of their batsmen made more than Daleen Terblanche's 27, as they were bundled out for 162.

Laura Newton and Charlotte Edwards gave England the perfect start by taking advantage of some ill-directed bowling from the South African pace attack. They both rattled along to their half-centuries, although on 108, Newton survived a run-out opportunity in the most bizarre fashion imaginable. She was beaten by a direct hit from mid-off and was all set to return to the pavilion, but the bails, which had leapt 5cm in the air, somehow settled back into their grooves, and the umpires had no option but to recall her.

Newton eventually fell for 65 (142 for 1), but Edwards was in superb touch and had reached 102 before being clean-bowled by Sune van Zyl. South Africa's fielding matched their bowlers for waywardness - 19 wides were bowled in the innings, several of which eluded the wicketkeeper Shafeeq Pillay and raced off to the boundary.

Lucy Pearson grabbed an early victim in South Africa's reply, but it was Helen Wardlaw who removed the key wicket of Johmari Logtenberg, who had singlehandedly won the opening game with a hard-hitting 67. But she made just 10 this time around, and South Africa's momentum died away, as they were eventually bowled out with nearly seven overs to spare.