Arran Brindle with England women’s cricket team on South Africa tour

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LOUTH’s Arran Brindle hit an unbeaten hundred as England women won their opening one day international on their tour of South Africa on Friday.

The all-rounder scored 107 in a partnership of 218 for the fourth wicket, as England wrapped up a 62 run victory in Potchefstroom.

Batting first, the visitors posted 297 runs from their 50 overs, thanks to Brindle’s hundred and 125* from Lydia Greenway.

The hosts struggled to get to grips with the required run-rate and were eventually bowled out for 235 to give England the win.

Brindle commented: “It was really nice to get out in the middle and get some runs under my belt.

“It’s a great feeling scoring a hundred at any time, but to do it in an international and the first game of the tour is fantastic.

“It’s going to be a competitive series, we want to hit our straps every time we go out there and make sure we achieve our aim of winning this series.”

England also won the second ODI on Sunday by 96 runs to earn an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series. Brindle scored just nine with the bat but picked up two key wickets with the ball.

England are due to play three T20 internationals against South Africa as part of the series, beginning on Thursday, October 27.

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