All-round England Women cruise to semis
England Women 86 for 3 beat Sri Lanka Women 85 for 9 (Shurbsole 3-9) by seven wickets
England Women breezed to a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka Women, to seal their place in the final four of the Women's World Twenty20. England were dominant with both bat and ball, but a big chunk of the credit would go to their new-ball bowler, Anya Shrubsole, who struck second ball of the match to set the pace and went on to claim 3 for 9 in her four overs.
Shrubsole was well supported by fellow medium-pacers Rebecca Grundy and Jenny Gunn, who picked up two wickets apiece and also went at less than a run a ball.
That Sri Lanka even crossed 50 was down to one player: captain Shashikala Siriwardene, who with 38 was the sole batsman to get into double-digits. They finished with a paltry 85 for 9, and that never going to remotely test England after their openers put on 51. Charlotte Edwards fell for 17 and Sarah Taylor, for 36 - both to Siriwardene - but they had done their job. England eased home and into the semi-finals with four overs to spare.