Beaumont century guides England to series win

Friday 15th June 2018


Beaumont century guides England to series win

Kent captain Tammy Beaumont hit her fifth one-day international century as England won the Royal London series against South Africa at The Spitfire Ground.

The 27-year-old Dover-born opener struck 14 fours on home turf as the world champions chased 229 after county colleague Laura Marsh took 2/43 as the tourists were dismissed for 228 in front of almost 2,000 supporters at Canterbury.

Click here for tickets to Kent Women’s final T20 double-header on July 1 at Beckenham >

The Proteas won the toss and opted to bat first under cloudy skies with a century stand between opener Laura Wolvaardt (64) and skipper Dane van Niekerk (95).

A superb leg-side stumping by Sarah Taylor triggered a South African collapse as they lost 6-16 in the final 21 balls as Yorkshire’s Katherine Brunt claimed three wickets and Pembury-born spinner Marsh grabbed two.

In reply, Amy Jones departed for a watchful 24 as England negotiated the opening powerplay unscathed before Beaumont and Heather Knight (80*) put the hosts in sight of a superb series win after losing the first of three hard-fought matches.

England sealed the win with 35 balls to spare to the delight of the Kent crowd.

See Kent play a floodlit Championship match on June 25-28 >