England batsmen versus SA bowlers key contest in World Cup semi

Doug Mendoza
July 17, 2017

Offspinner Afy Fletcher was the pick of the Windies bowlers, triggering a collapse in the middle order by picking three wickets as England went from 91/2 to 105/5.

England recovered from losing their opening match of the tournament against India to finish top of the table and are now set to play South Africa back at Bristol on Tuesday.

Earlier, England opener Lauren Winfield could only manage 11 before she went in the 10th over, caught at deep square leg to give 16-year-old left-arm seamer Qiana Joseph a first one-day global wicket. "Heather Knight was excellent against West Indies with a really crucial knock and Alex Hartley with the ball".

England will believe they have the firepower to neutralise Van Niekerk and Kapp, particularly though Tammy Beaumont, the tournament's top run-scorer.

In the next over, Sarah Taylor edged a sharp catch to Matthews at slip off medium pacer Deandra Dottin, to depart without scoring at 54 for two in the 11 over. Both sides surpassed the 300-mark on that occasion, making 678 runs in total, the highest cumulative score in women's one-day global history.

Opener Hayley Mathews (29 from 64 balls) and Chedean Nation (23 from 57) were the main contributor for West Indies.

Sciver's four-over spell ended with three wickets for just three runs, and one maiden.

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Despite early aggression from Matthews, who lifted Marsh over long on in her first over, the West Indies soon ground to a standstill against the spinners.

Shrubsole ensured the hosts claimed a record seventh lbw in an innings - a first in women's one-day international's - as West Indies trudged to an incredibly slow 128-9 off their 50 overs.

India will meet now meet holders Australia in the other semi-final at Derby on July 20.

"Kemar's return is welcomed as he was one of the best fast bowlers in Tests in the recent past for us", chief selector Courtney Browne said. "Throughout the tournament we have managed to find our way out of sticky situations".

"We're excited, we know any team that is in the semi-final is going to be tough to beat, so we're going to have to bring our very best", Dane said.

She added: I enjoy working with these girls, they're a really good bunch.

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