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South Africa vs England Women Preview & Tips - In-form Wolvaardt backed to top score and send Proteas to final

By Ralph Staniforth
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South Africa's Laura Wolvaardt has scored 50+ in five of his last seven matches (Getty Images)
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South Africa beat England earlier in the campaign but it was a very tight affair and could easily have gone the other way. The defending champions have hit form at the right time while South Africa have been superb throughout, losing just once to Australia. The form of Laura Wolvaardt is the Proteas Women strongest point, and if she goes big again, a final beckons.

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South Africa vs England Women Preview


South Africa won six of their seven group matches in the World Cup. England lost their first three matches by narrow margins before winning their next four matches.
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England’s record of playing in five of the nine World Cup finals will give them a psychological advantage, but South Africa’s in-form squad offers great value for the win.

  • South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt has an average of 61.85 in this World Cup.
  • South Africa’s Sune Luus has scored 3 50+ scores in the tournament.
  • South Africa’s Lizelle Lee averages 63.15 in her last 8 ODIs against England.
  • England’s Nat Sciver scored 109* in her World Cup opener against Australia.
  • England’s Nat Sciver, Tammy Beaumont and Sophia Dunkley have each scored 200+ runs in the tournament.

Head to Head


South Africa have won 2 of their last 4 ODIs against England. South Africa beat England by three wickets in their group stage match with four balls remaining. 

South Africa Women Form


South Africa finished second on the group stages table, losing only to Australia. The Proteas’ last group stage match saw them clinch a thrilling final ball win to dump India out of the tournament.

Masabata Klaas and Shabnim Ismail both took two wickets at under five runs an over but couldn’t prevent India from setting South Africa a target of 275 off 50 overs. 

Needing to better their previous tournament best of 271/5 against Australia, Laura Wolvaardt and Lara Goodall added 125 for the second wicket to set up an exciting run chase. Mignon du Preez and Marizanne Kapp added 47 runs for the fifth wicket, followed by 17 runs off 9 balls from Chloe Tryon.

Wolvaardt top-scored with 80 off 79 balls and Du Preez hit the winning runs to end on 52*. 

South Africa Women Team News


South Africa have no injury concerns aside from skipper Dane van Niekerk, who is recovering from a long-term injury.

England Women Form


After a slow start to the tournament, England have won all four of their games since losing to South Africa. They secured their place in the semi-final with two big wins in their last two matches. 

Danni Wyatt scored 76* in the nine-wicket win over Pakistan in their second-last group match. In their next match against Bangladesh, England were teetering on 96/4 after 26 overs before Sophia Dunkley’s brilliant 67 brought their innings back to life and helped them to reach 234/6 off their 50 overs. 

Sophia Ecclestone and Charlie Dean both picked up three wickets as Bangladesh were bundled out for 134. 

England Women Team News


England have no injury concerns and look set to field the same side.

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