Marizanne Kapp’s brilliant Test ton rescues Proteas women on Day 1 at Taunton

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Marizanne Kapp steered the Proteas women side out of trouble with a maiden Test century as South Africa were dismissed for 284 on day one of their match against England at Taunton on Monday.

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England trio Issy Wong, Lauren Bell and Alice Davidson-Richards all took debut wickets, but Kapp led a South African resurgence as they recovered from 45/4 when she came to the crease to reach 276 when she was eventually dismissed.

Marizanne Kapp hit 26 boundaries in her 150 knock

Kapp was one of only two members of the Proteas women’s team to go into the game in Somerset with a Test cap and looked to dominate from the start, playing expertly as she made 150 from 212 deliveries.

However, she ran out of batting partners, with Anneke Bosch the next highest scorer with 30, despite batting getting easier throughout the day.

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It was a new-look England side featuring four debutants, but the youngsters held their own against South Africa, who were playing their first Test match since 2014.

England bowled well at the start of the day, with Kate Cross the pick of the bowlers after being promoted to opening the bowling following the international retirement of Anya Shrubsole and Katherine Brunt’s decision to focus on white-ball cricket.

Cross finished with figures of 4-63, including the wicket of captain Sune Luus (27).

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Marizanne Kapp was best-supported by Bosch and the pair put on 72 for the sixth wicket before Bosch was caught, handing England off-spinner Sophie Ecclestone her first wicket of the Test.

Kapp eventually fell to Bell just after bringing up her 150 when she looked to play down the ground, only to find Tammy Beaumont at mid-off.

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