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August 23, 2008
England 123 for 5 beat South Africa 80 for 9 (Shrubsole 3-19) by 43 runs
Anya Shrubsole marked a solid Twenty20 debut with 3 for 19 to bowl England to a 3-0 series win against South Africa. Shrubsole is the latest to slip off England's pace conveyor belt and on to the big stage and the 16-year-old, who made her one-day debut recently, rewarded the selectors' confidence by knocking over the top order.
South Africa were in trouble at 31 for 4 and then floundering on 42 for 7 when Ashlyn Kilowan lifted them with 22. It was not enough though, and yet again they failed to make three figures.
England had chosen to bat first for the second time on Saturday and again Charlotte Edwards topscored for them, although she had dropped herself down the order. Their batting display was more solid than in the first match of the day, built then as it was solely around Edwards, though Ebony Rainford-Brent bagged her third duck in three matches.
Sarah Taylor finally came good with 31 while Beth Morgan chipped in 21 and shared a handy 49-run stand with Edwards for the fifth wicket to take England to 123 for 5. Again their total proved insurmountable.
The Twenty20 game is still new to both sides, but England's superior capabilities told and all experience ahead of next year's World Twenty20 is welcome. This is what South Africa will have to tell themselves too - they came to England with a view to assessing the competition and now they have a marker as to what they need to do to compete with the top four in the world.
South Africa now return home with an aim to keep working hard in provincial cricket, while England have the sturdier test of India, who arrive this week.
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