Sarah Glenn not showing complacency as England verge on Commonwealth semi-finals

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Sarah Glenn of Team England bowls during the Cricket T20 Group B match between Team England and Team South Africa on day five of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Edgbaston on August 02, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: Sarah Glenn of Team England bowls during the Cricket T20 Group B match between Team England and Team South Africa on day five of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Edgbaston on August 02, 2022 on the Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

By Josh Graham at Edgbaston

Derby’s Sarah Glenn urged England to keep on dominating after a 26-run win over South Africa put the hosts on the verge of the Commonwealth Games semi-finals.

A combination of youth and experience helped England post 167-5 as 17-year-old Alice Capsey struck her maiden international 50 before Katherine Brunt, 20 years her senior, blitzed 38 off just 23 balls in a record sixth-wicket partnership of 73 with wicket-keeper Amy Jones.

That stand dug England out of a hole after they had lost three wickets for five runs in the space of just eight balls and in reply leg-spinner Glenn conceded 35 from her four overs as a beleaguered South Africa, who lost July’s T20 series between these sides 3-0, never looked like getting the runs and now cannot progress after labouring to 141-4 despite Laura Wolvaardt’s unbeaten 41.

The 22-year-old said: “I was pleased with my first few overs; I was a bit frustrated with some of the decisions not really going my way and with the last couple of balls in my over.

“I was clear with my plan but didn’t execute. Sometimes that happens frustratingly, but hopefully we can dominate again in the next game.

“I’m very proud to represent England in general but to be at the Commonwealths is even more special. I’ve watched it for years and thought I’d always love to be a part of that but never thought it would happen. I’m just enjoying every moment of it.”

This summer, Team England, supported by funding raised by National Lottery players, comprises of over 400 athletes, all vying for medal success.

Stand-in skipper Nat Sciver revealed England could be without captain Heather Knight for the duration of the Games as she continues to struggle with the hip injury that also kept her out of the opening win over Sri Lanka.

Sciver, who made 12 before taking 1-18 with the ball, said: “She’s not in such a good place. She’s better than she has been in the last few days but is still in a bit of pain with her hip.

“It’s probably going to be a bit soon for her to play against New Zealand [on Thursday], she went to see our team doctor yesterday and had another scan so is waiting on the results of that.

“I think now I’ve had a bit of a go this summer, I’m in the groove with it. I feel comfortable to lead the girls on and continue in the good work that Heather has been doing.”

This was almost certainly the first of many England half-centuries for Capsey, who bludgeoned seven fours and a six before being caught and bowled by slow left-armer Nonkululeko Mlaba for exactly 50 off 37, top scoring for the second game in succession after her 44 against Sri Lanka.

Given licence to express herself at No.3, Capsey showed why she is being touted as this new look side’s star and slapped South Africa’s attack all around Edgbaston just 10 days after her debut and still sporting a shiner on her right eye having top-edged a ball into her face during Saturday’s warm-up.

She said: “It is lovely to get that milestone out of the way. It was gutting [to get out straight after] especially as I’d absolutely middled it.

“I was taking the positive option and that is the message that has been given to me while I’ve been in the England camp which fits my style of play, and it is great to have that responsibility.”

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