ENGLAND women go into the third and fourth NatWest Series one-dayers against South Africa at Shenley Park tomorrow and Thursday with a crushing psychological advantage after their record-busting match at Lord's yesterday, when openers Caroline Atkins and Sarah Taylor put on 268 together.
England totalled 310 for three and bowled out the hapless South Africans for 85 to wrap up a 225-run victory, but that stand was the highlight, Atkins making an emotional 145 and Taylor batting through for 129.
This was the highest one-day England partnership, male or female, passing the 226 between Andrew Strauss and Andrew Flintoff against the West Indies at Lordís in 2004. The highest stand in a womenís game was 246 for the first wicket in 1973 by Enid Blackwell and Lynn Thomas. Atkinsí 145, surpassing her previous best of 69, made her only the third woman to score a century at Lordís, with Taylor becoming the fourth.
The finishing touch to the Lord's game was applied by Katherine Brunt, who ripped through the South African batting with 5-25.