The British women showed their winning mentality in the World Cup. The England Women recovered strongly from losing the first three matches and qualified for the ICC Women’s World Cup final. Today, they have faced South Africa in the semifinal of this tournament, where England beat the Proteas by a massive 137 runs at the Hagley Oval. Danni Wyatt won the Player of the Match award for her brilliant batting performance against South Africa. However, England will face Australia in the final of this tournament on April 3.
South African skipper Sune Luus won the toss at the Hagley Oval and decided to bowl first. Her thought was to take all the wickets of England as early as possible. It seemed her decision was right at the beginning of the match as the Proteas took the first wicket in the 4th over. British opener Tamsin Beaumont departed after scoring only 7 runs for the team. On the other hand, Danni Wyatt remained very strict on the pitch. Because of her, England kept a decent pace of picking runs.
Except for Danni Wyatt, the next three batters failed to play a meaningful innings against the Proteas. England skipper Heather Knight lost her wicket to Ayabonga Kaka, scoring only one run. Nat Sciver and Amy Jones also couldn’t get enough runs. However, Sophia Dunkley contributed to building a partnership with Danni Wyatt. They added 116 runs together on the scoreboard. However, Danni lost her wicket in the 45th over. Before her departure, she added the highest 129 runs for England. Meanwhile, Sophia Dunkley scored 60 runs with four boundaries. So after 50 overs, England gave a target of 294 runs to South Africa.
The Protea batters suffered a lot facing the British bowlers. They lost two wickets within four overs. Due to the aggression of England’s bowler, South Africa couldn’t survive on the pitch. Moreover, Sophie Ecclestone, the British bowler, has had a brilliant spell today. She alone picked up six wickets of South Africa. Anyway, captain Sune Luus and Du Perez tried to make a resistance for the Proteas but failed. As a result, South Africa became all-out in 156 runs. They couldn’t even play the full 50 overs.
England: 293/8 (50 Over)
South Africa: 156/10 (38 Overs)