|ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, Group B, Sydney Showground:|
|England 143-5 (20 overs): Sciver 57, Wyatt 29|
|West Indies 97-9 all out (17.1 overs): Kirby 20, Ecclestone 3-7, Glenn 2-16|
|England gained by 46 runs|
England are into the Women’s T20 World Cup semi-finals after a 46-run thrashing of West Indies of their ultimate group sport in Sydney.
Natalie Sciver as soon as once more starred with the bat, making 57 from 56 balls as England posted 143-5 from their 20 overs.
In response, West Indies misplaced three wickets for one run and had injured captain Stafanie Taylor taken off on a stretcher as they slumped to 42-4.
Lee-Ann Kirby hit 20 from 15 balls – and was dropped twice – to present West Indies some hope, however they may solely attain 97-9, with Taylor unable to return to the crease regardless of 17 balls remaining.
But they have been finally nicely crushed by a decided England.
Heather Knight’s facet be a part of South Africa and India within the knockout levels, with the winner of Monday’s match between Australia and New Zealand taking the ultimate spot.
A rejigged batting order didn’t fairly repay for England at Sydney Showground with Tammy Beaumont, promoted to open, trapped lbw by the fourth ball of their innings.
However, Amy Jones impressed on the again finish of the innings, hanging 23 from 13 balls, to assist England in direction of a defendable whole.
Crucially for England, their spin bowling impressed as soon as once more with Mady Villiers, recalled instead of Lauren Winfield, taking an outstanding caught and bowled, whereas Sophie Ecclestone (3-7) and Sarah Glenn (2-16) shone once more.
Sciver shines as soon as once more
While shuffling Beaumont up the order didn’t work immediately for England, Jones appeared extra settled as she got here in at six.
With the platform constructed by Sciver, who was once more excellent in rotating the strike and unleashing six fours across the floor, Jones may hit out as the sector unfold.
Her three fours got here from highly effective drives by mid-wicket and he or she was in a position to assist England plunder 36 runs from the ultimate three overs.
Captain Heather Knight continued her good type, rotating the strike nicely in a 39-run partnership with Sciver, however she left the sector for the ultimate few overs of the West Indies’ innings with an obvious niggle.
While there are nonetheless considerations over England’s top-order batting, Sciver’s type and a rejuvenated Jones will bode nicely for his or her upcoming semi-final.
Windies collapse to poor defeat
West Indies have report towards England – previous to this match, they’d gained six of their eight T20s towards them – however this isn’t the facet that marched to the title in 2016.
Their bowling has been the one shiny spot, with returning seamer Shakera Selman impressing with 1-23, and their tempo bowlers retaining largely tight traces.
The batting, nevertheless, is devoid of confidence and rhythm. Kirby arrived in Australia having not performed a T20 worldwide for 12 years. She opened within the first two matches after which was dropped right down to seven in Sydney, with Deandra Dottin opening.
Dottin fell cheaply, slicing Ecclestone low to Sciver at brief mid-wicket, however whilst captain Taylor began to hit out, it at all times felt as if a collapse was on the playing cards.
After Taylor was stretchered off, Hayley Matthews was bowled by the subsequent ball, earlier than an outstanding one-handed catch from Villiers in her follow-through accounted for Shemaine Campbelle.
Wickets fell shortly and cheaply, batters undone by the shortage of tempo within the pitch and the unerring accuracy of England’s spinners, and it was an underwhelming finish.
Tougher checks await England – however this was a much-improved efficiency from their match opener towards South Africa.