Tay­lor steers Eng­land into World Cup fi­nal

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Bris­tol, UK - Sarah Tay­lor struck a vi­tal half-cen­tury to help Eng­land book a place in the Women's World Cup fi­nal as it beat South Africa by two wick­ets at Bris­tol on Tues­day.

Tay­lor, back in an Eng­land shirt for this tour­na­ment af­ter a year out of the game, hit 54 off 76 balls to give Eng­land con­trol of the match be­fore a mini col­lapse cre­ated a nail-bit­ing fin­ish.

Yet Eng­land, set 219 to win, held its nerve to com­plete their sec­ond high­est suc­cess­ful run chase in World Cup his­tory, built on the third-wicket part­ner­ship of 78 be­tween Tay­lor and Eng­land cap­tain Heather Knight (30).

Ear­lier, South Africa pair Laura Wolvaardt (66) and Mignon du Preez (76 not out) recorded half-cen­turies as it reached 218 for six, af­ter cap­tain Dane van Niek­erk elected to bat first with sunny blue skies over­head.

Eng­land goes to sell-out Lord’s fi­nal - against ei­ther de­fend­ing cham­pion Aus­tralia or In­dia - on Sun­day. The other semi­fi­nal will be held on Thurs­day.

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