Sophie Devine Anya Shrubsole Sarah Taylor New Zealand England South Africa Women T20 2018 Chloe Tryon Suzie Bates
Anya Shrubsole bowls to Sophie Devine as Sarah Taylor waits behind the stumps. All three shone on Thursday © Getty Images

New Zealand captain Suzie Bates hit a fifty as the White Ferns beat South Africa by 8 wickets in their Women’s T20 tri-series clash at Bristol on Thursday to seal a place in the final against England. South Africa’s 148 for 6, with Chloe Tryon top-scoring with 35, never looked like being enough to trouble New Zealand. White Ferns skipper Bates, who had hit 124 in the previous fixture between the two sides, struck 62 off 45 balls. Sophie Devine then continued to take the attack to the Proteas women, finishing on 68 not out in a total of 151 for 2 after 15.2 overs.

Brief scores:

South Africa Women 148 for 6 in 20 overs [Chloe Tryon 35(15); Hayley Jensen 4-0-24-2, Amelia Kerr 4-0-28-2] lost to New Zealand Women 151 for 2 in 15.2 overs [Suzie Bates 62(45), Sophie Devine 68*(40)] by 8 wickets with 28 balls to spare.

Player of the Match: Sophie Devine.

The format of the tournament meant it was New Zealand’s turn to play twice in the one day and, in a dress rehearsal for Sunday’s final at Chelmsford, they suffered a 7-wicket defeat by hosts England. The White Ferns were dismissed for 129, with Devine (57) continuing her good form, as Anya Shrubsole took 3 for 16. England stumbled at the start of their chase before Sarah Taylor (51*) and Nat Sciver (39*) shared an unbroken third-wicket stand of 81 as England won with 25 balls to spare.

Brief scores:

New Zealand Women 129 in 18.1 overs [Sophie Devine 52(45), Amy Satterthwaite 37(26); Anya Shrubsole 3.1-0-16-3, Danielle Hazell 4-0-21-2] lost to England Women 130 for 3 in 15.5 overs [Sarah Taylor 51(37), Nat Sciver 39(31); Jess Watkin 4-0-27-2] by 7 wickets with 25 balls to spare.

Player of the Match: Anya Shrubsole.

New Zealand will face tournament hosts England in another pool match on Thursday ahead of their meeting in a final at Chelmsford on July 1.

(with inputs from AFP)