England reach top of table after trouncing West Indies

Heather Knight led from the front for England against West Indies
Heather Knight led from the front for England against West Indies
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England Women 220-7 (Knight 67) beat
West Indies Women 128-9 (Sciver 3-3) by 92 runs
26th match, ICC Women's World Cup, Bristol

A clinical bowling performance led by Natali Sciver's three wicket haul helped England restrict West Indies to 128 for nine to seal a 92 run victory in the 26th match of ICC Women's World Cup in Bristol as they finished the group stage at the top position.

West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl first. The decision proved to be right as they removed Lauren Winfield (11) and Sarah Taylor (0) in quick succession.

Tammy Beaumont (42) and Heather Knight (67) resurrected the innings with a solid stand before the former was caught behind to give Afy Fletcher (3-33) her first wicket.

Knight completed a fine half century while lower order contribution from Jenny Gunn (24 not out) and Laura Marsh (31 not out) ensured England finished their innings at 220 for seven.

In the chase, West Indies kept losing wickets at regular intervals with Hayley Matthews (29) ending as the top scorer. Any chance of a West Indies comeback was put off by a tremendous spell from Sciver (3-3) that saw her picking three wickets in four overs to reduce them to to 128 for nine in the 50 overs.

The 92-run win means England will face South Africa in the semi-final of the tournament.

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