Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

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

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

But the burden has been shared throughout the competition, with Nat Sciver scoring a pair of centuries and captain Heather Knight a regular contributor with bat and ball.

With a semi-final in Bristol on the line, Brunt and Anya Shrubsole opened the bowling with plenty of hostility and as the West Indies struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking over, Fran Wilson ran out Kyshona Knight as the opener attempted to steal a single off Jenny Gunn.

Holders Australia will face India in Derby on Thursday after captain Mithali Raj hit a century to lead her side to a mammoth 186-run win over New Zealand to clinch the final semi-final spot.

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

Fletcher finished with three wickets for 33 runs from her 10 overs.

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.

Matthews then went the same way to Alex Hartley for 29.

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.

An ill-judged dance down the wicket to spinner Anisa Mohammed saw Brunt stumped for 14 just before Knight reached her half-century off 76 balls, as she looked to drag England past 200.

"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.

Beaumont is the tournament's leading runs-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.

"That character is really nice to see, in this tournament we have found our way out of sticky situations".

West Indies skipper Taylor did not ask for a review at her dismissal, with replays showing the ball was in fact heading down leg side.

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".

Afterwards, she was at least able to see the amusing side, adding with a smile: "I was happy to trust my partner (Hayley Matthews), but when I went upstairs and had a look I wanted to kill her".

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