St George's Park History
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Women's Cricket St George's Park - After 44 years, SA women beat England in one-day thriller
After 44 years, SA women beat England in one-day thriller
Bev Braans and Ivor Markman

THE South African womenís cricket team scored a dramatic win when they scrambled a single off the last ball of the match to beat England by one wicket in the first one-day international of their five-match series at UPE on Sunday, February 15, 2004.

A small crowd watched the entertaining match in beautiful weather, with only a gentle breeze blowing across the pitch.

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The match was the first women's cricket Test match, South Africa vs England, since 1960. England won that match which was played at St George's Park. Many of the girls expressed disappointment that the match was not played at that famous venue.

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England batted first.

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As the South African innings rolled on, it was not until the final half-hour that the spectators realised what an exciting conclusion they were about to witness. In a fantastic finish, SA needed five off the last over and it all boiled down to the final ball.

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Cri-Zelda Brits played the delivery to mid-on and sprinted through to register a thrilling victory for her side as they sneaked past Englandís 151 for nine in 50 overs.

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Star SA batsman Johmarie Logtenberg played a major role in her teamís triumph with a sparkling innings of 67 off 99 balls. She hit a six and six fours.

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EP wicketkeeper Shafeeqa Pillay had an excellent day in the field, taking five catches in Englandís innings.

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Earlier, opening bowler Brits (3/27) and medium-pacer Shandre Fritz (3/22) were major factors in restricting the visitorsí total.

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For England, opener Charlotte Edwards (55) gave a sterling display while captain and offspinner Clare Connor (4/25) was the pick of their bowlers.

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February 16, 2004.

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