Atkins and Taylor set record in thrashing

England 310 for 3 (Atkins 145, SC Taylor 129) beat South Africa 85 (Brunt 5-25) by 225 runs

Caroline Atkins and Sarah Taylor set a new world record for a partnership in women's ODIs as England inflicted another crushing 225-run defeat on South Africa at Lord's. England's openers added 268 in a commanding display with both registering centuries and South Africa were overwhelmed, sinking for 85 in their chase.
Atkins and Taylor put the visitors to the sword despite conditions that favoured the bowlers early on. Both went along at almost identical pace, Atkins the first to three figures off 117 balls and Taylor following shortly after off 118 deliveries. For Atkins it was her maiden ODI century in her 33rd match, while for Taylor it was the second and lifted her average over 40.

Chances were few and far between for South Africa, but they did miss one opportunity to remove Taylor in the 21st over. The opening stand went past the previous record of 258, also an opening stand, set by Reshma Gandhi and Mithali Raj, for India against Ireland back in 1999. The fun was eventually ended when Atkins was bowled by Susan Benade, but England powered on to reach 310 for 3.

South Africa never had a prayer of reaching the target and collapsed in a heap against Katherine Brunt, who claimed a career-best 5 for 25 and was on a hat-trick early in the innings.

SA Women 2nd innings Partnerships

1st14AE SmithOV Anderson
2nd0CS TerblancheOV Anderson
3rd20C BritsOV Anderson
4th5A MinnyOV Anderson
5th2T ChettyA Minny
6th1SM BenadeA Minny
7th0C van der WesthuizenSM Benade
8th24C van der WesthuizenS Loubser
9th12APC KilowanC van der Westhuizen
10th7C van der WesthuizenD Devnarain