Sciver, Beaumont take England to semi-finals of Women's World Cup

Natalie Sciver in action for England against New Zealand
Natalie Sciver in action for England against New Zealand

England Women 284-9 (Sciver 129) beat
New Zealand Women 209 (Bates 44) by 75 runs
24th match, ICC Women's World Cup, Derby

Natalie Sciver and Tammy Beaumont scored 129 and 93 respectively as England went on to post 284 for nine in their innings and later restricted New Zealand to 209 and completed a 75-run victory in the 24th match of ICC Women's World Cup in Derby to make it to the semi-finals.

England won the toss and decided to bat first. The hosts were put in early trouble as they lost three wickets for 52 runs. The decisive partnership of 170 runs between Sciver (129) and Beaumont (93) put the innings back on track.

Sciver's innings came at a strike rate over 100 and Beaumont too looked steady as England reached 222 in 41st over before the latter was snared by Amelia Kerr (4-51), seven runs short of a deserving century.

Despite the lower and middle order failed to contribute, Sciver ensured England reached 284 for nine in the 50 overs in an innings where the third highest score was from Lauren Winfield (11). Kerr was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with a four wicket haul to her name.

Rachel Priest (12) started the innings positively with three boundaries in the first four deliveries before she was castled by Anya Shrubsole (2-19).

Suzie Bates (44), Amy Satterthwaite (35), Katey Martin (21) and Katie Perkins (43 not out) were the major contributor in the innings but with no significant contribution, New Zealand could manage only 209 runs in 46.4 overs with Alex Hartley (3-44) picking a three wicket haul.

Sciver was named the player of the match as England reach the top of the table and also a place in the semi-final along with Australia and South Africa.

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