Women's T20 World Cup: Scriver drives England to semifinals with victory over the West Indies
SYDNEY: Nat Sciver hit half a century before spinners did a good bowling performance to help England seal a place in the semifinal with a 46-run victory over the West Indies in the Women's T20 World Cup on Sunday.
The versatile Sciver resumed from where he had stayed in the last game to score his third half century of the tournament and help England put 143 for five in a complicated pitch.
In response, the West Indies struggled to get going with the bat and eventually retired by 97 at the Sydney Showground, which was largely thanks to the spinning trio of Sophie Ecclestone (3/7), Sarah Glenn (2/16) and Mady Villiers (1/30).
England started again with Tammy Beaumont joining Danni Wyatt at the top of the order, but the movement did not work since the new opener was caught in the front by Shakera Selman in the first time
Wyatt fell into an excellent trap in the depths for Hayley Matthews off Anisa Mohammed Bowling, but in Sciver and Captain Heather Knight, England had the best duo to rebuild the entrances.
Having scored more than 70 percent of his team's careers in the tournament, the importance of Knight and Sciver was not lost on anyone, and the latter reached its third half century in four games.
Amy Jones, in a new role at No.6, found back-to-back off-side boundaries off Stafanie Taylor but he saw Sciver finally leave for 57 at the same time. Sciver's coup took his tournament account to 202 races in four games.
There were only six balls left when Brunt joined Jones in the middle, the bowler hit the limits of the last two balls of the innings to take England to 143 by five.
The West Indies also played with their first order as Deandra Dottin opened, but his tickets ended with only nine and Ecclestone made her snuggle in the middle of the gate.
Taylor struck two boundaries off Brunt to end the Powerplay but that was to be her last significant contribution as he was stretchered off the field in the eighth over.
Star leg-spinner Glenn then got into her mojo, bowling out Hayley Matthews to leave West Indies two down in the ninth over.
It was to get even better for the spin unit as off-spinner Villiers bowled a wicket maiden after taking a smart return catch off Shemaine Campbelle.
Lee-Ann Kirby (20) did her best to inject some momentum with towering sixes off Glenn and Villiers, but Anya Shrubsole ended her exploits when the big-hitter was held by Sciver at long-on.
Ecclestone then had Britney cooper perplexed while Villiers made consecutive confrontations of Afy Fletcher and Aaliyah Alleyne.
Ecclestone then took her 100th international wicket by dismissing Anisa Mohammed to send England into the last four.