England booked their place in the semi-finals of the Women’s T20 World Cup after beating former champions West Indies by 46 runs in Sydney.
Heather Knight’s side posted 143-5, with Natalie Sciver scoring 57 and Amy Jones smashing 23 from 13 balls.
England then produced a brilliant bowling and fielding performance to limit the Windies to 97-9, with Sophie Ecclestone finishing with sensational figures of 3-7 from 3.1 overs.
The victory sees England join South Africa in qualifying for the semi-finals of the tournament, while West Indies have been knocked out with one group game remaining.
Following the win, Sciver said: ‘Losing the first game wasn’t ideal but we didn’t win the first game in the 2017 World Cup. We’re in the semi-final and on to better things.
‘Whoever we play in the semi-final it’s going to be a big game and hopefully we can perform when the pressure is on.
‘As a bowling unit we’ve been outstanding, they’ve done so well to create pressure through dot balls. It’s been brilliant to see Sophie Ecclestone and Sarah Glenn doing so well.
‘We’ve been welcomed everywhere we go. It’s been a brilliant tournament. The pressure was on at the start but it’s been great and I’m really looking forward to the semi-finals.’
West Indies bowler Anisa Mohammed, meanwhile, said: ‘We are really disappointed, we really wanted to go through to the semi-finals but it wasn’t to be this year.’
England will face either defending champions Australia or New Zealand in the semi-finals.
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