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Summary

  1. South Africa win by seven wickets
  2. SA's Lizelle Lee hits 92 not out
  3. England scored 189-9 after recovering from 97-8
  4. Eng: Katherine Brunt hits 72* off 98 balls
  5. First of three ODIs, Worcester
  6. ICC Championship points at stake

Live Reporting

By Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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  1. Highlights: South Africa beat England by seven wickets to take lead in ODI Series

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    OK - I'll leave you to digest Stephan Shemilt's match report from Worcester and bid you good night.

    Enjoy the rest of your evening - make sure you join us tomorrow for the Scotland-England men's ODI, which will be live on TMS with live text commentary here.

    The women's series resumes at Hove on Tuesday - that one's a day-nighter starting at 13:00 BST - and we'll also be here to talk you through that one. TTFN.

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    Also in the world of cricket today:

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    England pace bowler Katherine Brunt told BBC Sport: "It's really gutting to lose like that because we're a much better team than we showed. We played a few soft shots and we were on the back foot from the beginning. Congratulations to them, they played really well.

    "I always love to bowl first, I like to steam out and get my thing done. I didn't think there was much in it and the wicket played the way it did the whole day."

    On the "catch" where Lizelle Lee was reprieved: "I honestly thought I caught it. The umpires made their decision. Hopefully if we get one like that like that they will make a good decision for us.

    "You can always come back stronger and that's what we're going to do. We need to get rid of some nerves. We'll keep on the front foot and come out fighting next game."

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    But the day belonged to Lizelle Lee, who saw her side home with an unbeaten 92 from 128 balls, wining the game in the grand manner with a six:

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    Dane van Niekerk then played a captain's innings before she was bowled for 58...

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    Brunt then struck early with the ball, removing Laura Wolvaardt, before Sarah Taylor pulled off a superb stumping to dismiss Sune Luus.

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    But Brunt batted very sensibly, bringing up her second ODI half-century - and eventually recording her highest international score with an unbeaten 72 as England made 189-9, having been 64-6.

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    Katherine Brunt led a rearguard action for England, but kept losing partners - Jenny Gunn, Anya Shrubsole and Laura Marsh:

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    Tammy Beaumont, Natalie Sciver and Danielle Wyatt also went cheaply:

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    Let's look back at the day with the aid of the highlights. It didn't start well for England, with Amy Jones, Sarah Taylor and Heather Knight all falling early:

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  12. Player of the match

    SA opener Lizelle Lee on her reprieve after being "caught": "They were screaming at me saying they should have a look at the catch. I felt a bit different going out there, but Mignon kept me happy."

    On her wicketkeeping: "I have a lot of things to work on!"

  13. Player of the match

    As she receives the champagne for player of the match, here's how Lizelle Lee won it with a six...

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    South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: "The bowlers worked superbly, I couldn't ask for better. We were a bit down after we felt we could have bowled them out for 120. But I had to play my natural game, I'm hitting the ball well and we had a lot of laughs. Lizelle Lee was brilliant, she's aggressive by nature but the way she went about it was great. There are two more big games for us and the most important thing for us is to win the series."

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    England captain Heather Knight: "I think it was a 50-50 call [at the toss], I don't think the ball moved outrageously, but we were a few runs short today. Katherine played superbly under pressure, she's a genuine all-rounder now and it was an outstanding performance from her. South Africa bowled very well and after those early wickets it was difficult to get back into the game. But I can't fault the way the girls fought."

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    Natalie Germanos

    BBC Test Match Special commentator

    For me, Laura Wolfvaardt should bat at three or four. I wouldn't mind to see Van Niekerk opening the batting with Lizelle Lee, as they do win T20s.

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    Lydia Greenway

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    In the past, South Africa haven't always had confidence. They used t be happy to be in the top four teams. Now they know they can go out there and beat the best teams in the world.

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    Natalie Germanos

    BBC Test Match Special commentator

    if they lose the series 2-1, I don't know if many people in South Africa will remember this game. They want to compete, and they want to win the series. Dane van Niekerk uses the language of "when" we do things, not "if".

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    Alison Mitchell

    BBC Test Match Special

    It's a complete contrast for South Africa to when we last saw them in England, with tears in their eyes after that semi-final defeat in Bristol last year. Dane van Niekerk has used the word "revenge" - they want to show the fact they reached that World Cup semi-final wasn't a fluke, and they've dominated from start to finish today.

    South Africa celebrate winning the match
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    Lydia Greenway

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    There's been a lot of talk about their increase in salaries - so the timing of this result isn't good. A disappointing day for them, but South Africa have to be given credit for a professional performance - batting sensibly, batting to the situation, playing straight and learning from the way England played.