England v South Africa, Women's World Cup 2013, Cuttack February 10, 2013

Shrubsole sets up England win

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England 81 for 3 in 9.3 overs (Brindle 28*) beat South Africa 77 (Shrubsole 5-17, Wyatt 3-7) by seven wickets

England Women kept their tournament hopes alive with a crushing seven-wicket win over South Africa in a Super Six match in Cuttack. While Australia are dominating the Super Six stage and leading the points table, the race for the second place is turning into a close, three-way contest between West Indies, England and New Zealand. England will need to win their next match against New Zealand with a large margin to improve their existing run rate, which may come into play in case two teams finish on same points.

England's win today was engineered by medium-pacer Anya Shrubsole who decimated the South African batting. By the eighth over, Shrubsole had dismissed South Africa's top order to leave the side struggling at 18 for four wickets. South Africa never managed to recover from that position, losing wickets in clusters before eventually folding for 77.

Given the small target, England struggled early on in their chase. Chloe Tryon took a couple of wickets in the fourth over to leave England wobbling at 26 for three. However, the total was too small for the South African bowlers to defend and Lydia Greenway and Arran Brindle ensured that England got home in under ten overs, giving their run rate a substantial boost.

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  • John on February 11, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    @Indiana_jones99 on (February 11, 2013, 1:11 GMT) As I already said - getting the W is the main thing and they shot themselves in the foot more in the defeat in the SL game and surely they more than made up for the slow RR in the WI game by the way they went about the SA total.

    @CS - I think and certainly hope you're wrong re Australia's (possible) attitude vs WI. I'd like to think that any team at this level will want to keep the winning momentum going. If they don't then the likelihood is that unless Eng beat NZ by way of a trouncing WI will be their opponents in the final so I wouldn't have thought they'd want to give them confidence going into the final - that's what I'm hoping anyway

  • Mark on February 11, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Sometimes run rate calculations pull up surprises and this is no exception: now West Indies, England and New Zealand - in that order - are separated by tiny fractions on run rate. It really sets up the last round of matches nicely. although one can't help thinking that the Australians might look at the current points table and take a relaxed attitude in their final match.

  • John on February 11, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (February 11, 2013, 4:01 GMT) You know I'm not one of these jingoistic types but I think if England beat NZ (unless WI beat Aus) , we'll be very unlucky not to qualify. If we don't beat NZ and WI beat Aus then we don't deserve to qualify period. The way I see it is that (unless NZ beat us and WI beat Aus) - whoever ends up in the final will have 2 defeats. As it stands WI are likely to beat NZ and there could be a scenario where WI qualify for the final having lost 3 matches by way of thrashings ahead of England whose 2 defeats have been as tights as you can get and who comfortably won all their matches too and have been the only team to give Aus a fight so far. If NZ beat Eng or WI beat Aus I say fair play. If we beat NZ and WI qualify without beating Aus then I'll be very bitter about it

  • Mark on February 11, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Sorry, "in prime position now"... You win some. You lose some. And that particular play that could have paid spectacular dividends, has turned into a small disaster.

  • Mark on February 11, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    @zenboomerang Not at all. Having lost two matches that they should have won it *is* no great surprise. On the go-slow v the Windies, at the time it looked like a sensible move because India were expected to beat Sri Lanka. Had that happened, England would now be in poition now! Sometimes fortune plays a huge part!

  • Roo on February 11, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    I think most are surprised that Eng is going to be lucky to make the final...

    The Kiwi's are way out in front in NRR & have 2 games to seal a finals spot (as do WI) while Eng have just 1 game - seeing how well NZ played against Oz this summer (in Oz) they have every chance of winning both their last 2 matches - actually if they beat WI in the just started match they will make the final...

  • arul on February 11, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    last message was posted before reading the previous 5 messages which make the same points and cover the same scenarios. Oops that should have been "... 20 overs instaed of the 35 overs" NOT hours.

  • Ray on February 10, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    @gsingh7 on (February 10, 2013, 13:41 GMT): I completely understand why you have transferred your loyalties to Australia. If I supported India, I'd be embarassed by their performance in this tournament. Still, look on the bright side, you could have finished 8th (of 8) rather than 7th.

  • Mark on February 10, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    @JG, actually, I was wrong. England's fate is in the hands of the West Indies. If they beat New Zealand and Australia, we are out whatever we do v NZ. In fact, there is a scenario in which it would be in the interest of Aus to lose to West Indies to get them into the Final as a weaker opponent than NZ or England.