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Live Reporting

Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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    You can read about New Zealand's record-breaking feats here - and as TMS go off the air (with BBC Radio 5 live sports extra handing back to the County Championship), we're going to take a siesta until the England-South Africa game.

    That gets under way at 17:40 BST, with TMS on air from 17:25 - so do join us from about 17:15. Bye for now.

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    Henry Moeran

    BBC Test Match Special commentator

    I've been looking at the weather radar - there's a bit of drizzle in the air but what we're seeing in the distance shouldn't hit Taunton. (Cue the most unbelievable deluge!).

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    Lydia Greenway

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    England's main goal is to win this tournament, but they'll want to finalise their starting XI for the Womern's World Twenty20.

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    Natalie Germanos

    BBC Test Match Special commentator

    The Quantocks are starting to disappear in the distance, which isn't a good sign in terms of rain...

  5. Player of the match

    New Zealand captain Suzie Bates: "It's so pleasing to get off a good start as we know South Africa and England are good Twenty20 sides. Sophie's one of those players you love having in your side as she can bowl bouncers and slower balls and with the bat, she can hit it a long way - she's added a lot at the top of the order. Sometimes it's tough on bowlers to ask them to bowl just one over but it worked well for us. We've got good variety in the bowling but our fielding was a bit sloppy at times if I'm being harsh. That was one of the best wickets I've played on, it's the best I've batted for a while."

  6. Captain's view

    South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: "I think we went to Plan Z - there were a couple of run-out chances we didn't take, but the class of Suzie and Sophie, they'll make you pay. You can't hide in T20 cricket, it's not just the fielding - at the moment our execution as bowlers was pretty poor as well. We have to get back to the drawing board pretty quickly."

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    We're just hanging on for the presentation...

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    hypocaust: 366 aggregate runs are the second most amassed in a women's T20I.

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    Phil Long

    TMS statistician

    Both teams scored 21 fours - there were seven sixes for New Zealand, and one for South Africa, so 50 boundaries - which is the most for a women's T20 international.

    Mignon Du Preez
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    David Wallace: Congrats to the White Ferns: not altogether unexpected. - Do we yet know the England women team for today's second game?

    Not yet. They won't toss for over an hour...

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    Lydia Greenway

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    We were surprised that Laura Wolvaardt opened for South Africa, as normally Van Niekerk opens to make use of the fielding restrictions. But has Wolvaardt got the game to come in and manoeuvre the ball in the middle overs?

    Laura Wolvaardt
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    Natalie Germanos

    BBC Test Match Special commentator

    By the way, if there's a tie in any of these games, we'll have a Super Over.

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    Lydia Greenway

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Something that South Africa will reflect on is the width they gave the New Zealand batters. If there was a hint of width, it made it easy for Bates and Devine to hit boundaries. But as soon as they bowled straighter, they made it more difficult to score.

  14. SA 150-6

    Marizanne Kapp in at number eight, with two balls of the innings left, and she can only hit the first back to the bowler. A single to long-on off the last ball ensures they reach the milestone of 150 - but...


    New Zealand and South Africa shake hands at the end of the game
  15. WICKET

    Van Niekerk b Jensen 58 (SA 149-6)

    The skipper can't see it through as she misses with a reverse-sweep attempt and is bowled to give Jensen her third wicket.

    England have arrived, and are looking on with interest.

    Dane Van Niekerk
  16. SA 149-5

    Jensen begins the final over with a wide as New Zealand appeal for a legside stumping. Not out. Van Niekerk then launches the first six of the innings over long-on,

  17. 50 for Dane van Niekerk

    SA 140-5

    Van Niekerk reaches a 39-ball fifty, South Africa picking up ones and twos as Kerr completes her spell, finishing with 0-22 from four.

  18. SA 134-5

    Spoiler alert: They don't. Although Van Niekerk does well to drill a four back past the bowler. Stand by for the last rites of this match.

  19. SA 128-5

    After a tidy first over, Peterson gets another. Lackay helps herself to a two and a single, while a missed sweep off the third ball by Van Niekerk means South Africa literally need to hit the last 15 balls of the innings for six to win this...

  20. Lackay dropped on 0

    SA 125-5

    It's a dropped catch - and probably a missed stumping chance too - as Kerr spins one down which takes Lackay's outside edge, Martin gets a glove to it and the ball squirms away.

    The game has realistically gone for South Africa - 92 needed from 18 balls - but how much can they boost their run rate?