England, 2009 champions and runners up on the final event, secured their place within the Women’s T20 World Cup semi-finals with a snug 46-run win over the West Indies on Sunday. Nat Sciver batted brilliantly on a sluggish wicket to make 57 — her third fifty of the event — and a few glorious late placing from Amy Jones and Katherine Brunt took England to 143/5. The West Indies by no means received going courtesy some nice bowling and have been bowled out for a lowly 97 in 17.1 overs. England joined India and South Africa within the final 4, with defending champions Australia enjoying New Zealand on Monday to find out who will get the ultimate berth.
“We talked before the game about being really smart on a low wicket and having a batter bat through, which Nat did brilliantly,” stated England captain Heather Knight.
“We had a few cameos at the end, which got us up to a really good score on that wicket – both Amy and Katherine did really well to add some late impetus.
“We have been actually skilled with the ball, the spinners particularly. I’m satisfied for Soph, she’s been nice ever since she got here in and to get to 50 wickets at that age is a superb achievement.”
It did not begin effectively for England with Tammy Beaumont trapped lbw on the fourth ball, however Danni Wyatt placed on 50 for the following wicket with Sciver earlier than she was caught for 29.
Knight and Sciver stored the scoreboard ticking over with fast singles till the skipper was run out for 17.
Sciver introduced up her third half-century of the event earlier than being dismissed an over from the tip, with Amy Jones making a late 23-run cameo.
The West Indies made sluggish progress within the run chase and catastrophe struck when dangerwoman Stefanie Taylor was stretchered off in agony, seemingly with a groin pressure, on 15, and it proved to be pivotal.
Shemaine Campbelle was bowled by Sarah Glenn for 10 the following ball and so they by no means recovered.
The wickets have been shared round, nevertheless it was a landmark day for Sophie Ecclestone, who turned the youngest girl to 50 T20I wickets and Essex off-spinner Mady Villiers, who took a wise caught-and-bowled likelihood to assert her maiden World Cup wicket.
(With AFP inputs)