Tammy Beaumont backs England team-mates to shine in World Cup semi-final

Evrard Martin
Juillet 17, 2017

Marsh, so pivotal with the bat, dismissed the risky Stafanie Taylor lbw for a 12-ball duck but with DRS available had the West Indian captain reviewed she would have been reprieved with the ball sliding down the leg side.

Nat Sciver then fell for a second-ball duck as Fletcher bowled the all-rounder, and when Fran Wilson was caught behind to give 30-year-old her third wicket in the innings, England looked in serious trouble.

England will now face South Africa in the semi-final on July 18 in Bristol.

India confirmed their place in the semi-finals with a 186-run win over New Zealand at Derby.

Wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor was dismissed for nought, the second wicket to fall after sending a thick edge off Deandra Dottin to Hayley Matthews with only 54 on the scoreboard.

Opting to bowl, the Windies spinners did the job on a slow, turning pitch, and only captain Heather Knight with a top score of 67 and Tammy Beaumont, 42, managed to show enterprise.

Sent in to bat, England were restricted to 220 for seven against the bowling of Afy Fletcher three for 33. 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.

However, a mix-up with opening partner Kycia Knight (17) led to the latter being run out by the electric Wilson at backward point, while Matthews also failed to encourage Taylor (0) to review her lbw dismissal against Marsh - ball-tracking showing the delivery would have slid past leg stump.

But Matthews was hit in front to Hartley and lbw in the 24 over and Deandra Dottin (7) missed a sweep at off-spinner Heather Knight and was also lbw 20 balls later at 73 for four in the 27th over.

Opener Hayley Mathews (29 from 64 balls) and Chedean Nation (23 from 57) were the main contributor for West Indies. From a run-rate of just over three an over, Windies started to find runs hard to come by as England struck through a combined effort.

England look in excellent form, with bat and ball and having ensured they avoided holders and arch rivals Australia in the semi-finals, they will be confident of reaching the final at Lord's.

"We wanted to put in a really professional performance and there was that carrot of finishing top of the group to stay here in Bristol", Knight told Sky Sports.

"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.

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