DAN Bowser raced from 50 to 100 in just 12 balls to help fire record-breaking England into Monday’s final of the INAS Tri-Series as they brushed South Africa aside at Bramhall
North Devon batsman Bowser’s second international century, his first in ODI cricket, provided the impetus as England posted 316 for three from 40 overs to set up a clash with Australia in the final.
Captain Chris Edwards also enjoyed a superb all-round day in his home county of Cheshire, pipping his team-mate to the man-of-the match award with 90, a run-out and three wickets in his first over of seamers.
Edwards shared a 110-run opening stand with Jonny Gale (41) to lay the platform for left-handed Bowser’s blistering assault on a true pitch as England posted their record total.
Edwards finished with 4-12 from six overs as South Africa were bowled out for 92 in 20.3, a victory margin of 224 runs.
Surrey new ball quick Tayler Young also claimed three wickets.
Bowser hit seven fours and eight sixes in all, peppering mid-wicket.
He hit six of his sixes in the 12 balls it took him to go from 50 to 100 before finishing on 108 off 56 balls, with the home batsmen also running particularly well between the wickets.
This was England’s second win against the Proteas. They stand on five points from three games and can’t be caught by South Africa, who only have one more to play - against Australia at Oxton on Sunday.
On his impressive display, Bowser said: “The first 50 they bowled pretty well, so I picked up what I could and knew that if I had 10 overs to go, that’s my game.
“As long as I got to the pitch of the ball and disturbed how they wanted to bowl, I was confident of getting a big score.
“In my head, I would probably say the game on Monday was a better innings (84 v South Africa). “It was more important because we’d lost some early wickets.
“I was happy to see that through.
“But this was definitely pretty special. It’s up there as one of my best. It’s an awesome feeling.”
Edwards said of Bowser’s knock: “That was definitely one of the best innings I’ve seen.
“He edged his way to 50 and then took it away.”