England, South Africa ready for semi-final clash

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2017

The hosts thrashed West Indies Women by 92-runs to claim their sixth successive victory in the tournament, having lost their opening match to India, and ensured they will remain in the West Country ahead of their knockout match. Heather Knight was excellent against West Indies with a really crucial knock and Alex Hartley with the ball.

However, 23 wickets at 16.17 in the Regional 4-Day Tournament has convinced the selectors Roach deserves another chance in three Tests, including the first day/night red-ball global, in England.

"It is really key that everyone is on song for the semi-final".

The hosts topped the eight-team group and face South Africa in Bristol on Tuesday
The hosts topped the eight-team group and face South Africa in Bristol on Tuesday

There is also a recall for 29-year-old pace bowler Kemar Roach, who boasts a record of 122 wickets in 37 Test appearances, but has not played five-day cricket since January 2016.

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.

Under overcast conditions in Bristol, batting looked far from easy as England openers Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont scratched around for runs.

Knight was eventually bowled by Matthews, having struck five boundaries in her 13th one-day global half-century, with Katherine Brunt adding 14 before Gunn and Marsh helped put on a few late runs to boost England's total.

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.

In reply, West Indies soon found themselves two wickets down in the 13th over with less than 40 on the board after opener Kycia Knight was run out for 17 and Taylor trapped leg-before by Marsh.

Sciver's first real contribution with the ball then came in Saturday's rout of West Indies, which secured a last-four clash with South Africa on Tuesday, as she returned remarkable figures of three for three from four overs. 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.

"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.

She said: "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". "I'm extremely happy", she said.

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