West Indies depart Women's World Cup with heavy defeat against England

Oceane Deschanel
Julho 17, 2017

England Women face a semi-final clash against South Africa at Bristol on Tuesday after finishing top of the eight-team World Cup group.

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.

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.

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

An unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 48 from Jenny Gunn (31 not out) and Laura Marsh (24 not out) saw the hosts through to 220 for seven.

England ended top of the standings on 12 points, reigning champions Australia Women finished second also on 12 points but with an inferior net run rate, while India Women were third on 10 and South Africa Women fourth on nine.

In their turn at the crease, West Indies got 29 from teenaged opener Hayley Matthews and 23 from Chedean Nation, but no other player passed 20 in yet another concerning display with the bat.

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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.

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.

Sciver's four-over spell ended with three wickets for just three runs, and one maiden.

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.

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.

'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'.

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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