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

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 17, 2017

Knight's side had already secured a place in the semi-finals following victory over New Zealand on Wednesday, while West Indies had been eliminated on the back of four defeats.

Laura Marsh, batting at number nine, chipped in with a valuable unbeaten 31 while veteran Jenny Gunn scored 24 not out.

The all-rounder has excelled for England with both bat and ball during the tournament - even inventing a new shot along the way.

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

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.

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.

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.

Heather Knight leads England celebration during match against Australia
Heather Knight leads England celebration during match against Australia

But Matthews was hit in front to Hartley and lbw in the 24 over and Deandra Dottin (7) missed a sweep at off-spinner Heather Knight and was also lbw 20 balls later at 73 for four in the 27th over.

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.

Akeira Peters fell lbw to Brunt for a duck with West Indies then 100 for eight in the 37th over as the run-rate edged into double figures.

"Kemar's return is welcomed as he was one of the best fast bowlers in Tests in the recent past for us", chief selector Courtney Browne said.

Shrubsole ensured the hosts claimed a record seventh lbw in an innings - a first in women's one-day international's - as West Indies trudged to an incredibly slow 128-9 off their 50 overs.

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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