'On song' England to start with clean slate against SA

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 17, 2017

England can book a place in the Women's World Cup final if they beat South Africa on Tuesday as they go in search of a first major trophy in eight years.The pair meet in the first semi-final at Bristol, a ground on which they played out a record-breaking encounter earlier in this tournament.Both sides surpassed the 300 mark on that occasion, going on to make 678 runs in total, the highest cumulative score in women's one-day worldwide history.

England bounced back well from the opening defeat to India, including a 68-run victory over South Africa, while the Proteas have won four, lost two and had one game washed out due to rain in the World Cup.

But with a place in the Lord's final the prize for Tuesday's victor, Beaumont says both teams go into the game with a clean slate.

"We have put the loss to India behind us and we have gone from strength to strength as the tournament has progressed", added Beaumont, who is the tournament's top run-scorer with 372.

"The best part about our squad is that someone steps up every single game", said Beaumont.

"We all need to be on form heading into a semi-final".

"Heather had a crucial knock with the bat and then everyone did their bit with the ball and that's really important".

Beaumont may be the highest scoring batter in the tournament so far, but she and England will come up against the tournament's leading wicket taker in Dane van Niekerk.

The England opener hit 148 as England beat South Africa by 68 runs on 5 July in Bristol, where Tuesday's semi-final will also be played.

"I don't think there's any pressure on us at all, I don't think most people thought we would be here - in that sense I'm very proud of the girls".

England: Heather Knight (captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield and Danielle Wyatt.

South Africa: Dane van Niekerk (captain), Trisha Chetty.Moseline Daniels, Nadine de Klerk, Mignon du Preez, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ayabonga Khaka, Odine Kirsten, Masabata Klaas, Lizelle Lee, Sune Luus, Raisibe Ntozakhe, Chloe Tryon and Laura Wolvaard.

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