Taylor and Greenway put England on top

Close South Africa 316 and 18 for 0 trail England 497 (Taylor 177, Greenway 70) by 163 runs

Claire Taylor and Lydia Greenway put England in a commanding position over South Africa in the third day of the first Test at Shenley. Taylor scored a Test-best 177 and Greenway 70 as England ended play with a 163-run lead.

Taylor hit 22 fours in her marathon innings and shared a mammoth 203-run partnership with Greenway, who was eventually bowled by Leighshe Jacobs to leave the score on a dominating 340 for 4. Jane Smit (56*) and Helen Wardlaw (36) then joined in the fun as England piled on to 497 with a lead of 181 runs.

South African openers Claire Cowan and Josephine Barnard saw out the last half hour with no alarms to finish on 18 for no loss.