Match Officials for semi-final stage announced


ENGLAND have given themselves a huge advantage to win the Women's World Cup by being able to stay in Bristol for a few days before playing their semi-final against South Africa on Tuesday at The Brightside Ground.

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.

Going into the first knock-out encounter, both teams are expected to start afresh and bring out their A game.

England coasted to a 92-run win over West Indies in their last group match of the Women's World Cup at Bristol on Sturday, where captain Heather Knight, who plays for the Western Storm team in South West England, hit a half-century and Natalie Sciver finished with three wickets.

But with a place in the Lord's final the prize for Tuesday's victor, Beaumont says both teams go into the game with a clean slate.

'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'. "We always want to learn and we always want to get better and we have a chance to do that".

"I think the best part of our squad is that someone different steps up every single game".

Opener Knight is disappointed after being run out for 17 off 32 balls as Windies lose by 92 runs
Opener Knight is disappointed after being run out for 17 off 32 balls as Windies lose by 92 runs

West Indies, though, never really looked like closing in on their modest victory target after struggling to 73 for four, captain Stafanie Taylor out for a 12-ball duck.

"It is really key that everyone is on song for the semifinal".

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.

"Overall, it will be a tough series, but we all have seen this young team fight before and I am sure they will continue to show similar qualities on this upcoming trip".

South Africans Dane van Niekerk‚ Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail all lurk among the top 10 leading wicket-takers. "In that sense, I'm very proud of the girls, it's our first semi-final since 2000", she added.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

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