Women’s World Cup: England beat South Africa to book final date with Australia

England 293-8 (50 overs): Wyatt 129, Dunkley 60, Is. 3-46
South Africa 156 (38 overs): Du Preez 30, Ecclestone 6-36, Shrubsole 2-27
England gained by 137 runs

England will face Australia within the closing of the Ladies’s World Cup after Danni Wyatt’s magnificent century propelled the defending champions to a 137-run defeat of South Africa.

Opener Wyatt took benefit of being dropped 5 instances to crash 129 from 125 balls, the spine of England’s 293-8 in Christchurch.

She added 116 for the fifth wicket with Sophia Dunkley, who made a measured 60, whereas Sophie Ecclestone rounded off the innings with 24 from solely 11 balls.

South Africa’s probabilities of pulling off the biggest chase in ladies’s one-day worldwide historical past largely rested on the damaging opening pair of Laura Wolvaardt and Lizelle Lee.

However Anya Shrubsole, the hero when England beat the identical opponents within the semi-finals in 2017, eliminated each to depart the Proteas 8-2.

Spinner Ecclestone, the world’s finest bowler, then tore via the decrease order for her first worldwide five-wicket haul, ending with 6-36 as South Africa had been dismissed for 156.

It continued a exceptional turnaround from England, who had been on the point of elimination after dropping their first three video games however have now gained 5 in a row to succeed in a second successive closing.

Heather Knight’s aspect will meet the omnipotent Australians on the Hagley Oval on Sunday (02:00 BST) in what guarantees to be a grandstand finale to an excellent match.

England produce finest when it issues

It appeared scarcely plausible that England may attain the ultimate once they misplaced to South Africa, their third defeat of the group stage, on 14 March.

Even a few of the gamers have admitted to believing they had been out of the match.

Since then, they’ve steadily improved, eradicating errors with the ball and within the area, and discovering contributions from most of their batters.

The resurgence constructed to this efficiency in Christchurch, a dismantling of a proficient South Africa aspect that had beforehand solely misplaced to Australia.

For the Proteas, this was an entire distinction from the earlier victory over England. W.as then it was Knight’s aspect who missed possibilities within the area, this time it was South Africa who appeared affected by the stress of the event.

It meant South Africa as soon as once more misplaced in a world semi-final – they’ve been overwhelmed in all three of their 50-over World Cup last-four ties to associate with two losses on the identical stage within the T20 model.

Fantastic Wyatt’s most interesting hour

Wyatt has had a nomadic 12-year worldwide profession. Initially picked as an off-spinner, she has been moved up and down the batting order and was dropped in the course of the World Cups of 2013 and 2017.

Nonetheless, after being promoted to open earlier on this match, she loved her most interesting hour, making her highest rating in an ODI when England wanted it most.

The 5 drops had been of various issue, however the possibilities missed by Marizanne Kapp at mid-wicket when Wyatt was on 36, then by Lara Goodall at deep mid-wicket on 77, had been significantly poor. The opposite drops got here when Wyatt had 22, 116 and 117.

In between, the right-hander slashed via the off aspect and hustled between the wickets. When England discovered themselves 126-4 within the twenty sixth over, they had been in a parlous place, just for Wyatt and Dunkley to mix in a courageous counter-attack.

And, after South Africa lastly held a Wyatt miscue to brief third, Ecclestone’s cameo pushed England out of sight.

Ecclestone and Shrubsole bowl England to victory

Whereas Ecclestone’s figures are eye-catching, it was Shrubsole who successfully ended the South Africa chase earlier than it began.

Shrubsole took England to victory within the closing and semi-final 5 years in the past, and dragged them over the road with the bat in opposition to New Zealand earlier on this match. Right here, she tumbled to carry Wolvaardt off her personal bowling, then had Lee flip a catch to mid-wicket.

Left-armer Ecclestone was held again till the twenty fourth over, by which period South Africa had been already 4 wickets down.

And, with the decrease order uncovered, Ecclestone took the entire remaining wickets on provide along with her trademark bounce, guile and accuracy.

Kapp and Mignon du Preez had been bowled, Chloe Tryon, Shabnim Is. and Masabata Klaas chipped catches and Trish Chetty was stumped by yards to turn out to be the final to fall.

As Ecclestone grabbed the match ball and Wyatt was named participant of the match, some England gamers had been in tears of pleasure.

Solely Australia stand of their manner of an entire turnaround and one other world title.

‘A whole efficiency’

England captain Heather Knight: “I am actually happy. I feel that was an entire efficiency from us in the present day, what we have been looking for.

“The actual fact now we have performed knockout cricket for the final 4 video games has helped us as properly.

“We’ll go into the ultimate as underdogs however it’s a recent slate, we’re all equal on the morning of the sport and what a narrative has been written for us if we will do it.”

South Africa captain Sune Luus: “We did not have our greatest fielding efficiency. They performed extraordinarily properly in the present day, and all credit score to them. However we would have liked to carry our greatest efficiency in the present day, and we did not, so we’re feeling that.

“We wanted to be extra medical. It is one thing we are going to maintain engaged on however now we have had a terrific marketing campaign, we cannot be taking away from that.”


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