Anya Shrubsole took a hat-trick as England beat South Africa by seven wickets to book their place in the last four of the ICC Women’s World T20.
Shrubsole combined with fellow opening bowler Nat Sciver – who recorded the remarkable figures of 4-1-4-3 – and spinners Sophie Ecclestone, Kirstie Gordon and Linsey Smith to dismiss South Africa for just 85 and the batters chipped in to chase it down with seven wickets and six overs in hand.
Danni Wyatt was England’s top scorer with 27, but there was also 24 for Tammy Beaumont and a pair of unbroken 14s by Amy Jones and Heather Knight to see England home.
West Indies’ victory over Sri Lanka secured England’s passage to Antigua – where they will face either Australia or India – but not before England go up against the hosts in Saint Lucia on Sunday.
Heather Knight’s side’s route to the World T20 semi-finals
Nov 10: England v Sri Lanka – Match abandoned due to rain
Nov 12: England v Bangladesh – England (64-3) beat Bangladesh (76-9) by 7 wickets (DL method)
Nov 16: England v South Africa – England (87-3) beat South Africa (85 all out) by 7 wickets
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Mike Brewer: I enjoyed this piece and anxieties which we all shared about BT taking on this mantle from Sky were short lived as the action unfolded. But you are right about the motormouth commentary, and the worst culprit was Ponting who seems to think that a barrage of overly complicated theories and explanations makes him look like the best captain Australia ever had, neither will ever be true. It was white noise and I longed for the incisive remark that Atherton obviously, and Botham at times surprisingly, casually drops in to punctuate proceedings.
You rightly highlighted deficiencies in Matt Smith's wardrobe. His lack of sartorial co-ordination made him appear scruffy, totally outshone by his ex-playing experts. A bit more Colville, and a little less Corbyn would be my advice to him.
As for the broadcaster there were too many deliveries shown just in the nick of time, or missed altogether... a cardinal sin.
Much like England I am hoping for improvements in Adelaide. View Post