Suzie Bates Tammy Beaumont England New Zealand South Africa Women 216 250 world record
Suzie Bates (left) helped New Zealand set a world record; Tammy Beaumont (right) pushed England past it © Getty Images

England Women posted a new Women’s T20 international record of 250 for 3 against South Africa Women at Taunton on Wednesday — just hours after New Zealand Women had done the same thing to the Proteas at the same ground. The three sides are taking part in a triangular tournament where teams will play ‘double-headers’.

It was South Africa’s turn on Wednesday. First they conceded 216 for 1 against New Zealand, but that record did not last long. A few hours later, England eclipsed that score, with Tammy Beaumont — one of the stars of the side that won last year’s 50-over Women’s World Cup — making 116 and putting on 147 for the first wicket with Danni Wyatt (56).

Highest scores in Women’s T20 Internationals
Score Team Against Venue Date Comments
250/3 England South Africa Taunton June 20, 2018 Same day
216/1 New Zealand South Africa Taunton June 20, 2018
209/4 Australia England Mumbai March 31, 2018
205/1 South Africa Netherlands Potchefstroom October 14, 2010
199/3 England India Mumbai March 25, 2018 Same match
198/4 India England Mumbai March 25, 2018

Note: Three of these were scored in the same week in March-end this year (two of them in the same match). The new world record was, as mentioned above, broken twice on the same day.

Beaumont said the team had ignored advice from England women’s coach Mark Robinson. ”We saw the Kiwi girls broke it, Robbo told us in the pre-match chat not to try and break it, but I think a few of the girls got a bit of a challenge on,” Beaumont told Sky Sports during the mid-innings break of England’s match. ”It’s an incredible wicket, and we feel a bit sorry for the South Africa girls having to go two in two, but that’s the way it goes in this T20 series and we’ve all got one of those.”

England went on to win the match by a huge 121 runs. Earlier, New Zealand captain Suzie Bates top-scored with 124 not out off 66 balls, and with Sophie Devine (73) put on a record 182 for the first wicket against the overworked South Africans. New Zealand’s total surpassed Australia’s 209 for 4 against England in Mumbai in March.

It came barely a week after the White Ferns posted a colossal 490 for four — the highest total in any ODI, women’s or men’s, against Ireland in Dublin. Bates’s innings on Wednesday saw her go past former England captain Charlotte Edwards as the leading run-scorer in women’s T20s.

“It’s the best I’ve batted for a while,” Bates told BBC after South Africa managed just 150 for 6 in reply. Bates, 30, hit 16 fours and 3 sixes but fell just 2 runs short of equalling the individual women’s T20 record of 126 made by Australia’s Meg Lanning against Ireland in 2014.

South Africa skipper Dane van Niekerk admitted: “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.”

(with inputs from AFP)

Brief scores:

New Zealand Women 216 for 1 in 20 overs [Suzie Bates 124*(66), Sophie Devine 73(48); Marizanne Kapp 4-0-32-1] beat South Africa Women 150 for 6 in 20 overs [Dane van Niekerk 58(44), Mignon du Preez 36(31); Hayley Jensen 4-0-28-3] by 66 runs.

England Women 250 for 3 in 20 overs [Danni Wyatt 56(36), Tammy Beaumont 116(52); Stacy Lackay 4-0-59-2] beat South Africa Women 129 for 6 in 20 overs [Dane van Niekerk 72(51); Anya Shrubsole 4-2-8-0, Katherine Brunt 4-0-18-2, Danielle Hazell 4-0-35-2] by 121 runs.