Shrubsole Keeps England Final Hopes Alive

Shrubsole Keeps England Final Hopes Alive
Shrubsole Keeps England Final Hopes Alive
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England Women 81-3 (Brindle 28no) beat
South Africa Women 77 (Shrubsole 5-17) by 7 wickets
Women’s World Cup Super Six, Cuttack

Anya Shrubsole and Danielle Wyatt both returned career-best figures as England Women trounced South Africa Women in the ICC Women’s World Cup. The pair combined to bowl South Africa out for just 77 and then Lydia Greenway and Arran Brindle ensured that the runs were knocked off in less than 10 overs.

Shrubsole took all of the first five wickets to fall and put South Africa on the back foot - a position from which they never recovered. Yolanda Potgeiter was trapped in front in her first over, with Mignon du Preez following four balls later in the same manner. Trisha Chetty and Cri-zelda Brits also departed in single figures, with Marizanne Kapp reaching 13 before becoming Shrubsole’s third victim. By this stage, South Africa were 42 for five and never recovered. Shrubsole ended with five for 17 from her 10 overs.

The 21 year-old, who has now taken 13 wickets in four matches in the competition, outlined the secret of her success: “I’ve been looking to bowl straight and swing it slightly and just give myself the best chance of taking wickets, if you bowl the right areas on any wicket over here you are going to get success.”

Wyatt then took over the wicket-taking baton following the end of Shrubsole’s spell and ended with three for seven from nine balls as she wrapped up the tail in a hurry. South Africa were all out in less than 30 overs.

It was then over to the batters to try to knock of the runs as quickly as possible to try and improve England’s relatively poor net run rate. The opening pair of Charlotte Edwards and Wyatt began briskly, but three wickets then fell in the space of six balls and suddenly England found themselves 26 for three. Fortunately, Lydia Greenway and Arran Brindle were on hand to steer them home, ending on 25 off 19 balls and 28 off 16 balls respectively.

After the game Shrubsole spoke of her and England’s pride in a job well done: “Personally it’s been a really good day for me but most importantly it’s been a great day for the team. We needed to come out here and do a job, win first and foremost, but win convincingly and we did that. I’m really pleased to be able to contribute to today’s victory. 

“The batters performed well today, especially Lydia and Arran. We stuck to our plans and got the job done within 10 overs.

“It was a perfect day for the team we did exactly what we wanted to do. We wanted to come out here, bowl first, get South Africa out for a minimal score and then knock the runs off as fast as possible and we managed to do that. We’ve given ourselves the best possible chance going into the game against New Zealand on Wednesday.”

West Indies or New Zealand remain favourites to take the other place in the final alongside Australia and play tomorrow, but England have at least given themselves a chance.

© Cricket World 2013




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