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South Africa ‘A’ ended their tour of the United Kingdom with disappointment on Saturday after slumping to a heavy, 257-run loss to the England Lions early on the final day of their one-off, four-day encounter in Canterbury.

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Allrounder Chris Morris led a superb bowling performance to enable South Africa to secure a three-run series-levelling victory over England in the second T20 International at Taunton on Friday. The two teams now go to a series deciding match at Cardiff on Sunday.

The Proteas, losing the toss and having to bat first, looked a few runs short when they were restricted to 174/8 in their 20 overs. Their total was set up by Jon-Jon Smuts (45 off 35 balls, 4 fours and 3 sixes) and AB de Villiers (46 off 20 balls, 4 fours and 3 sixes) but they were unable to kick on when De Villiers was dismissed going into the final 5 overs.

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India are expected to face a tough task when they take on hosts England on the opening day of the ICC Women's World Cup cricket tournament on Saturday. India will bank on the experience of Mithali Raj, the world's second highest-capped batter behind Charlotte Edwards of England with 177 women's ODIs to her name.

The first stage of the tournament will see the eight contenders battle it out in a round-robin format where every team plays each other once.

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England coasted to a nine-wicket victory with 33 balls to spare in the opening match of the three-match T20 Series against the Standard Bank Proteas at Southampton on Wednesday.

The Proteas won the toss but their total of 142/3 looked well below par and that turned out to be the case as a second-wicket partnership of 93 in 9.5 overs between Alex Hales (47 off 38 balls, 3 fours and 2 sixes) and Jonny Bairstow (60 off 35 balls, 6 fours and 2 sixes) saw England comfortably home.

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A hundred from Heather Knight added to half-centuries from Sarah Taylor and Danni Wyatt to see England to an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Chesterfield in their first official warm-up game ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup.

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South Africa ‘A’ saw their preparations for their one-off four-day clash against the England Lions suffer a blow after they were handed a heavy innings and 50-run defeat by Sussex late on day three of their final warm-up match in Arundel on Friday.

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Pakistan cruised to the ICC Champions Trophy final after thrashing hosts England by eight wickets in the first semi-final at the Sophia Gardens on Wednesday.

Chasing a below-par 212, the Green Brigade rode on a brilliant 118-run opening stand between Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) before Babar Azam (38 not out) and Ali helped the team with a 55-run second-wicket stand to set their date with the winner of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh, on Sunday.

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