England women complete unbeaten tour of South Africa

Third women's Twenty20 international, Potchefstroom:

England 121-3 (15.5 overs) beat South Africa 118-2 (20 overs) by seven wickets

Match scorecard

Lydia Greenway

Lydia Greenway was England's top scorer on the tour

England's women cruised to a seven-wicket win against South Africa in the third and final Twenty20 international to complete an unbeaten tour.

The tourists restricted South Africa to 118-2 from their 20 overs after Cri-Zelda Brits (50) and Trisha Chetty (33) had put on 81 for the first wicket.

Laura Marsh fell cheaply but Sarah Taylor (39) and Lydia Greenway (31 not out) added 77 to steer England home.

They win the Twenty20 series 2-0 as the second game was curtailed by rain.

Greenway, Taylor and captain Charlotte Edwards (22) were the mainstays of the batting order once more, as they sealed victory with 25 balls to spare.

Arran Brindle hit two fours in the final over, before Kirstie Thomson sent down five wides to end the match.

ENGLAND'S TOP RUN SCORERS ON SOUTH AFRICA TOUR

  • 255 - Lydia Greenway (210 in ODIs, 45 in T20s)
  • 219 - Charlotte Edwards (140 in ODIs, 79 in T20s)
  • 214 - Sarah Taylor (125 in ODIs, 89 in T20s)
  • 134 - Arran Brindle (117 in ODIs, 17 in T20s)

Having also won the one-day international series 3-0, England can look back with pride on a successful year after winning both the 20-over and 50-over quadrangular series against Australia, New Zealand and India on home soil during the summer.

Edwards said: "I'm really pleased that we have managed to complete what we set out to do. We've played really positive cricket out here.

"Our bowling and fielding has got better throughout the trip. All the bowlers have had great spells and I thought Georgia Elwiss bowled exceptionally well in her first T20 international.

"The key players have really performed, people have taken responsibility and we have really good competition for places. That's a really good place to be.

"Sarah Taylor has had a fantastic trip, she's keeping and batting as well as I've ever seen her play and Lydia Greenway is in the form of her life."

Her side are next in action in New Zealand in February and March, while they will defend their ICC Women's World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka next September.