16th Match, Group B (N), Sydney, Mar 1 2020, ICC Women's T20 World Cup
(17.1/20 ov, target 144)97
ENG Women won by 46 runs
player of the match
Natalie Sciver
England Women

10.13pm So, that's the end of that for now. England are through, along with South Africa, who play West Indies in their final group match. Win that, and they are guaranteed to qualify in top spot. Who they face in the semi-finals, all will be revealed in the coming days. From myself and Valkerie, who is bashing out the match report, goodnight!

Heather Knight: "We knew it was going to be a slow wicket, we knew we'd have to be clever, keep it simple, and that's what we did today. Amy's had a few low scores so we wanted to change something, and she showed amazing character in her innings. Mady came in because of the conditions, she put in a really good performance. We'll have to sit down and look at the best line-up for the semi-finals. We knew we'd have to win, we've been playing knock-out cricket since the second game."

Anisa Mohammed speaks in the absence of their injured captain Stafanie Taylor. "One of the things we needed to do right was the fielding, and our energy was good. But I think they got away in the last five overs. One of the things we need to work on is running between the wickets. We are really disappointed, we wanted to go through but it wasn't to be this year."

Nat Sciver is Player of the Match: "It's going nicely, a bit of a different innings today, a bit slower than the wickets we've played on, we knew if we ran well and had a batter in at the end it would be easier to get the boundaries. Danni Wyatt's a great runner. There was a game before us and the score was similar, we had to bat smart."

10pm Smiles all round from England. They've regrouped very well after their shock loss to South Africa in their tournament opener. Nat Sciver was the mainstay in a very professionally compiled total of 143, before the spinners once more soared to the fore, with Sophie Ecclestone's 3 for 7 the outstanding contribution. India, or the winner of tomorrow's massive showdown between Australia and New Zealand, awaits...

Raj Melgandi: "Running between the wickets and the art of rotating strike makes the difference between AUS/ENG and rest teams ."

Calitha: "Well, I think that's England's spin bowlers sorted for the next decade or so." Can't argue with that ... Ecclesone, Glenn and Villiers have a combined age of 61!

Ecclestone to Anisa Mohammed, OUT

all over! Ecclestone finds the perfect combination of flight and bite to peg back off stump, and book England's place in the last four! Mohammed swipes all round her stroke, and that's an ignominious exit for the 2016 champions

Anisa Mohammed b Ecclestone 5 (3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66
end of over 1713 runs • 2 wickets
WI-W: 97/8CRR: 5.70 RRR: 15.67 • Need 47 runs from 18b
Anisa Mohammed5 (2)
Shakera Selman0 (0)
Mady Villiers4-1-30-1
Sophie Ecclestone3-1-7-2
Villiers to Anisa Mohammed, 1 run

pulls another long-hop past the stretching Glenn at backward square. That's the offie's work done, her influence was far more telling than her figures suggest

Villiers to Anisa Mohammed, FOUR runs

thumped on the up over the covers! Defiance at the last!

Taylor won't bat again, so just the one more wicket. A hat-trick of run-outs anyone?

Villiers to Alleyne, OUT

short from Villiers, a bit of a rank long-hop to be fair, but Alleyne can't get her sweep past short fine leg, but sets off for a suicidal single anyway! Villiers gathers again, breaks the stumps again, and all but seals England's semi-final berth!

Aaliyah Alleyne run out (Glenn/Villiers) 10 (7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 142.85

Anisa Mohammad enters the fray

Abhijato: "Sent in a prediction at the start of the innings saying England will win. They indeed are going to. Looking forward to seeing them in the knockouts, they tend to turn into a different team under pressure ..." Until they face Australia, of course...

Villiers to Fletcher, OUT

bashed hard into the covers, and this is going to be a very simple run out! Villiers gathers the shy and whips off the bails with Fletcher nowhere to be seen. The umpire sends it upstairs to be sure, but that was curtains

Afy Fletcher run out (Knight/Villiers) 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
Villiers to Alleyne, 1 run

tip and run, another single to the cause

Villiers to Alleyne, FOUR runs

well, that's a tidy strike! Down on one knee, reaching the wide line with an ambitious uppercut of a straight drive, over the bowler's head

Villiers to Alleyne, 3 wide

whoops, off-line once again from Villiers, and Jones can't gather down the leg side

end of over 165 runs • 1 wicket
WI-W: 84/6CRR: 5.25 RRR: 15.00 • Need 60 runs from 24b
Afy Fletcher0 (2)
Aaliyah Alleyne5 (4)
Sophie Ecclestone3-1-7-2
Anya Shrubsole2-0-13-1
Ecclestone to Fletcher, no run

wafted into the covers, It's all over bar the slogging now

Ecclestone to Fletcher, no run

battered into the off side

Ecclestone to Cooper, OUT

off come the bails and out goes Cooper! An ambitious wipe, dragged out of her crease on the slog, and Jones' fast hands do the rest, after the ball misses leg stump by a whisker

Britney Cooper st †Jones b Ecclestone 15 (16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 93.75
Ecclestone to Alleyne, 1 leg bye

huge appeal for lbw, missing leg, but the single is a risky one, and Ecclestone nearly relay-shies into the timbers

Ecclestone to Alleyne, no run

fully forward, worked to the on-side

Ecclestone to Alleyne, FOUR runs

swept behind square as Ecclestone loses her line on her return to the attack. A flurry of boundaries to lift Windies' fading morale

end of over 1511 runs • 1 wicket
WI-W: 79/5CRR: 5.26 RRR: 13.00 • Need 65 runs from 30b
Aaliyah Alleyne1 (1)
Britney Cooper15 (15)
Anya Shrubsole2-0-13-1
Mady Villiers3-1-17-1

Taylor will not be coming back out to bat, as she goes for scans after her injury earlier in the innings

Shrubsole to Alleyne, 1 run

driven into the covers for another single

Shrubsole to Cooper, 1 run

tapped to short cover, and this time Cooper does give her ankle some work, setting off at a sprint before remembering she needs to hobble

Shrubsole to Cooper, FOUR runs

launched over backward square! That's a supreme strike, down on one knee, using the angle on a full length from Shrubsole, and powered to the rope!

Shrubsole to Cooper, no run

open-faced push into the covers

Shrubsole to Cooper, 1 wide

fired past the leg stump, and a deflection off Jones's gloves to short backward square

Shrubsole to Cooper, FOUR runs

outside off, a touch of width and a bit of pace on the ball, an open-faced flick through third man. Cooper has no need to work her dodgy ankle for that one!

Mayank: "Hitting sixes when all is lost and no pressure is there. Sums up Windies ladies this worldcup" To be fair, it's a tactic that their men used to good effect too. Just ask Ben Stokes!

Shrubsole to Kirby, OUT

another top-edged pull! And this time no mistake in the deep! Kirby can't get the legs on this launch to leg, and Sciver makes amends for her earlier drop with a comfortable take, ten yards in from the rope

Lee-Ann Kirby c Sciver b Shrubsole 20 (15b 1x4 2x6) SR: 133.33