Excellent England Reach WWT20 Semi-Finals

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England qualified for the semi-finals by comprehensively beating Sri Lanka
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England Women 86-3 (Taylor 36) beat
Sri Lanka Women 85-9 by seven wickets
ICC Women's World T20 2014 Group B, Sylhet

England Women put in an excellent all-round performance to beat Sri Lanka Women by seven wickets and qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Sylhet.

Anya Shrubsole returned figures of three for nine as Sri Lanka were restricted to a score of 85 for nine with only captain Shashikala Siriwardene, with 38 not out, offering any resistance.

England then cruised home in 16 overs, Sarah Taylor top scoring with 36 as England confirmed their place in the semi-finals and ended India's chances of going through.

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They will play Australia or the winner of tomorrow's game between New Zealand and South Africa, their final position in the group also dependent on the final round of matches which see the West Indies play India.

England made a brilliant start to the game when Shrubsole trapped Chamari Atapattu in front for a two-ball duck and never let the Sri Lankans back into it.

Shrubsole bowled Deepika Rasangika (5) and had Udeshika Prabodhani (2) caught by Sarah Taylor while Rebecca Grundy (2-13) and Jenny Gunn (2-21) also bowled well.

Siriwardene played a lone hand, coming in with the score on 12 for two and staying until the end, hitting two fours and a six in 43 deliveries.

In reply, England scored 40 runs in the powerplay and openers Taylor (36 in 34 balls) and Charlotte Edwards (17 in 26) put on 51 together.

Siriwardene had Edwards trapped in front and then Taylor stumped by Rebecca Vandort but there was no stopping England.

Heather Knight's dismissal, caught by Rasangika off Prabodhani for 21, came two balls before the winning runs were hit with Lydia Greenway unbeaten on eight and Natalie Sciver on one.

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23rd March: Australia v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 128-8 (Perkins 31) beat
Australia Women 121 (Blackwell 31) by 7 runs
23rd March: Pakistan v South Africa
South Africa Women 163-0 (van Niekerk 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 119-9 (Kapp 3-16) by 44 runs
24th March: England v West Indies
West Indies Women 133-7 (Taylor 56) beat
England Women 124-9 (Dottin 4-12) by 9 runs
24th March: India v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Women 128-8 (Atapattu 43) beat
India Women 106-9 (Prabodhani 2-9) by 22 runs
25th March: Ireland v New Zealand
New Zealand Women 171-3 (Bates 68) beat
Ireland Women 129-4 (C Joyce 41no) by 41 runs
25th March: Australia v South Africa
Australia Women 116-4 (Perry 41no) beat
South Africa Women 115-9 by six wickets
26th March: Bangladesh v West Indies
West Indies Women 115 (Dottin 34) beat
Bangladesh Women 79 (Quintyne 3-5) by 36 runs
26th March: England v India
England Women 98-5 (Taylor 28) beat
India Women 95-9 (Raj 57) by five wickets
27th March: Australia v Ireland
Australia Women 191-4 (Lanning 126) beat
Ireland Women 113-7 (Perry 2-17) by 78 runs
27th March: New Zealand v Pakistan
New Zealand Women 167-3 (Bates 94no) beat
Pakistan Women 108-7 by 59 runs
28th March: Bangladesh v England
England Women 137-5 (Edwards 80) beat
Bangladesh Women 58-9 (Hazell 3-4) by 79 runs
28th March: Sri Lanka v West Indies
West Indies Women 87-2 (Taylor 56no) beat
Sri Lanka Women 84 (Daley 4-15) by 8 wickets
29th March: Ireland v South Africa
South Africa Women 165-5 (Lee 43) beat
Ireland Women 79 (Ismail 3-5) by 86 runs
29th March: Australia v Pakistan
Australia Women 185-2 (Villani 90no) beat
Pakistan Women 91-9 (Perry 3-12) by 94 runs
30th March: Bangladesh v India
India Women 151-4 (Kaur 77, Raj 41) beat
Bangladesh Women 72-8 by 79 runs
30th March: England v Sri Lanka
England Women 86-3 (Taylor 36) beat
Sri Lanka Women 85-9 by seven wickets
31st March: Ireland v Pakistan
Pakistan Women 119-6 (Bismah Maroof 48no) beat
Ireland Women 105 (A Iqbal 3-18) by 14 runs
31st March: New Zealand v South Africa
South Africa Women 116-5 (du Preez 51) beat
New Zealand Women 114-9 by 5 wickets
1st April: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Bangladesh Women 115-9 (R Ahmed 41) beat
Sri Lanka Women 112-9 by three runs
1st April: India v West Indies
India Women 121-1 (Raut 56, Raj 55no) beat
West Indies 117-7 (Dottin 57) by nine wickets
3rd April: Semi-Final
Australia Women 140-5 (Villani 35) beat
West Indies Women 132-4 by 8 runs
4th April: Semi-Final
England Women 102-1 (Taylor 44no) beat
South Africa Women 101 by nine wickets
6th April: Final - Australia v England
Australia Women 106-4 (Lanning 44) beat
England Women 105-8 (Coyte 3-16) by 6 wickets