England Women reach World Cup semi-final despite pitch concerns

WATCH Sarah Taylor produces magical stumping to dismiss Trisha Chetty in WWC 2017 semi-final

WATCH Sarah Taylor produces magical stumping to dismiss Trisha Chetty in WWC 2017 semi-final

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.

England's fortunes will also bank on the form of skipper Heather Knight and senior batswomen Natalie Sciver, Fran Wilson and stumper Sarah Taylor.

'The girls have been outstanding and have done everything that has been asked of them.

"I knew the surface wasn't great, with a very dry wicket and lots of turn for the spinners, so I knew it was going to be hard work, but we managed to get a couple of partnerships together and then a little flurry of runs at the end".

Tammy Beaumont made a resolute 42 as she helped rebuild the England innings alongside Knight.

The host country soon became the architects of their own demise as Winfield picked out deep square on the boundary before Sarah Taylor edged Deandra Dottin to slip for a golden duck.

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

But, Mark Robinson has transformed his team to be one that does not wilt under pressure or that is reliant on one or two of their batsmen, as previous side's have.

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While the Surrey player could not produce a repeat performance on Saturday - lasting only two balls before being bowled without troubling the scorers - Sciver delivered with the ball, taking three wickets for just three runs in her four-over spell.

Knight - supported by Katherine Brunt (14) before the latter was stumped off Mohammed- brought up her 13th ODI fifty from 76 deliveries before she was bowled through the gate by Matthews.

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.

Marsh, so pivotal with the bat, dismissed the unsafe Stafanie Taylor lbw for a 12-ball duck but with DRS available had the West Indian captain reviewed she would have been reprieved with the ball sliding down the leg side.

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

The West Indies came nowhere near the 67 wides and 104 extras - both records in Women's One Day Internationals - that Holland conceded against Japan in 2003, but they were runs that they could ill-afford in a low-scoring contest.

The match official appointments for the semi-final stage of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 have been announced.

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