Disappointing Windies end World Cup on losing note

Barsaba Taglieri
Luglio 17, 2017

Sciver has been an integral member of the England squad during this World Cup, hitting two big centuries as they recovered from losing their opening match against India to reach the semi-finals.

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.

However, 23 wickets at 16.17 in the Regional 4-Day Tournament has convinced the selectors Roach deserves another chance in three Tests, including the first day/night red-ball global, in England.

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 will contest the other semi-final against Australia at Derby following their win over New Zealand.

In the next over, Sarah Taylor edged a sharp catch to Matthews at slip off medium pacer Deandra Dottin, to depart without scoring at 54 for two in the 11 over.

Captain Heather Knight (67) top scored for England and Jenny Gunn (31no) and Laura Marsh (24no) added a handy 48 for the eighth wicket as the hosts stuttered to 220-7, at Bristol, after struggling to contend with West Indies spinners Afy Fletcher (3-33) and Anisa Mohammed (1-32). Both sides surpassed the 300-mark on that occasion, making 678 runs in total, the highest cumulative score in women's one-day global history.

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

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. From a run-rate of just over three an over, Windies started to find runs hard to come by as England struck through a combined effort.

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

Beaumont said: "We fielded and bowled well and won by 92 runs in the end so it's good for us".

England look in excellent form, with bat and ball and having ensured they avoided holders and arch rivals Australia in the semi-finals, they will be confident of reaching the final at Lord's.

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