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England, SA clash in Women's World Cup semis

18 July, 2017, 10:29 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Sarah Taylor of England

England will find themselves in a spin in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final against South Africa in Bristol if they can not combat the tournament's leading wicket-taker.

Having defeated South Africa, reigning champions Australia and last year's World T20 winners West Indies at the venue in recent weeks, Heather Knight's side return to the County Ground for a semi-final showdown with South Africa, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 10am.

Beaumont and Sarah Taylor (147) shared a 275-run stand with England beating South Africa by 68 runs.

The victor of the match will either be playing India or Australia in Sunday's final at the Lord's.

Beaumont is the tournament's leading run-scorer with 372 runs from her seven innings but she says that England's main strength is the ability for other players to step up and perform when needed. "Heather had a crucial knock with the bat and then everyone did their bit with the ball and that's really important". "We are 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", said the South African skipper. But, this semifinal may be deferent altogether from the league round as South Africa have a good all round team.

Contenders for the most improved side in women's cricket, this is South Africa's first World Cup semi-final since 2000.

Lanning, the No.1 ranked ODI batsman, missed two of the group stage matches yet still struck 328 runs. Those victories included the defeat of England and Saturday's 186-run thrashing of New Zealand in what was a straight shoot out for the last knockout spot.

Demand for tickets to the Women's World Cup final has been so high that the MCC has released more for public sale in areas of the stadium usually reserved for its members. "In that sense I'm very proud of the girls".

England recovered from losing their opening match of the tournament against India to finish top of the table and are now set to play South Africa back at Bristol on Tuesday. "They'll be familiar with the conditions, so it's pretty cut throat, we can't afford to be off our game", said Australia's Nicole Bolton.

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