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England ease to victory over West Indies in last World Cup group game

England captain Heather Knight hit 67 and Natalie Sciver finished with three wickets.

CRICKET 15/07/17 18:01
England ease to victory over West Indies in last World Cup group game

England coasted to a 92-run win over West Indies in their last group match of the Women’s World Cup at Bristol, where captain Heather Knight hit a half-century and Natalie Sciver finished with three wickets.

Knight’s side had already secured a place in the semi-finals following victory over New Zealand on Wednesday, while West Indies had been eliminated on the back of four defeats.

Despite a resolute 67 from their skipper, England, who were put into bat, only just managed to push their total past 200.

An unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 48 from Jenny Gunn (31 not out) and Laura Marsh (24 not out) saw the hosts through to 220 for seven.

West Indies, though, never really looked like closing in on their modest victory target after struggling to 73 for four, captain Stafanie Taylor out for a 12-ball duck.

Sciver had scored a second century of the tournament against New Zealand, which included a between-the-legs ‘Nat-meg’ shot.

While the Surrey player could not produce a repeat performance on Saturday – lasting only two balls before being bowled without troubling the scorers – Sciver delivered with the ball, taking three wickets for just three runs in her four-over spell.

England recovered from losing their opening match of the tournament against India to finish top of the table and are now set to play South Africa back at Bristol on Tuesday.

India will contest the other semi-final against Australia at Derby following their win over New Zealand.