England women clinch series whitewash against South Africa

Third women's one-day international, Potchefstroom
England 183-5 (43 overs) beat South Africa 181-9 (50 overs) by 5 wickets
Match scorecard
Heather Knight receives her player of the match award from ICC match referee Dev Govindjee
Knight scored her second ODI half century to help England secure victory

Heather Knight took two wickets and then hit an unbeaten 55 as England's women eased to victory over South Africa to seal a 3-0 series whitewash.

Knight finished with figures of 2-15 and Arran Brindle 2-20 to restrict South Africa to 181 in the final one-day international in Potchefstroom.

South Africa hit back to leave England on 7-2, before Lydia Greenway stepped in to steady the ship with a 63.

The visitors then picked off their target with seven overs to spare.

England entered the match having already sealed the series thanks to an impressive century from captain Charlotte Edwards at the same ground on Sunday.

After restricting South Africa to 181-9, with Alison Hodgkinson top-scoring with 34, England's reply started badly.

Edwards was bowled by Dane van Nierkerk for one before Danielle Wyatt followed having made just three.

Sarah Taylor and Brindle then fell in quick succession, for 15 and one respectively, as England wobbled to 42-4.

But Greenway restored order, putting on 87 with Knight, before falling to Sunette Loubser.

Knight, who made her second ODI half-century, was joined at the wicket by Jenny Gunn, who hit the winning boundary.

The teams now head into a three-match Twenty20 series which starts on Thursday in Potchefstroom.