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

Sandy Mccarthy
July 17, 2017

Despite a resolute 67 from their skipper, England, who were put into bat, only just managed to push their total past 200.

Laura Marsh, batting at number nine, chipped in with a valuable unbeaten 31 while veteran Jenny Gunn scored 24 not out. "Heather Knight was excellent against West Indies with a really crucial knock and Alex Hartley with the ball". Sciver has two hundreds.

The hosts meet the Proteas at Bristol as they fight over a spot in the prestigious Lord's final, with England holding the psychological upper hand following a 68-run victory in the group game between the sides.

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

Earlier, England opener Lauren Winfield could only manage 11 before she went in the 10th over, caught at deep square leg to give 16-year-old left-arm seamer Qiana Joseph a first one-day global wicket.

'With that first defeat against India we made it hard for ourselves but since then we've been outstanding.' England captain Heather Knight said.

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

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The lbw calls continued to come, and all-rounder Sciver clinched her third wicket in three overs after Fletcher played all-round her legs.

Despite early aggression from Matthews, who lifted Marsh over long on in her first over, the West Indies soon ground to a standstill against the spinners.

WEST INDIES - Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters, Kycia Knight, Subrina Munroe.

But once Beaumont scooped a full toss from Fletcher to the wicketkeeper in the 22 over, three wickets fell for 14 runs to leave England stumbling on 105 for five in the 26 over.

The 29-year-old has 122 Test scalps to his name, but went for 274 runs across two Tests in England back in 2012.

'We said winning was a habit and we wanted to keep on doing that, so we're taking some good momentum going into the semi-final'.

"That character is really nice to see, in this tournament we have found our way out of sticky situations. We all need to be on form heading into a semi-final".

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