Natalie Sciver scored her second hundred in the tournament    Getty Images
Natalie Sciver scored her second hundred in the tournament Getty Images

England came up with another clinical performance. This time they beat New Zealand by 75 runs to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Women s World Cup 2017. Riding on the back of a scintillating hundred from Natalie Sciver and an equally good knock from Tammy Beaumont, England posted a challenging total of 284 on the scoreboard. In reply, the White Ferns fell 75 runs short of the target as they were bowled out for 209 in 46.4 overs.

Heather Knight won the toss and elected to bat first on a good batting surface. However, the hosts didn t have a good start to their innings, as they lost Lauren Winfield and Sarah Taylor for just 22 runs on the board. A few overs later, Suzie Bates got her opposite number back in the pavilion, and England, at 52 for 3, were in a spot of bother.

Just when things were looking bleak and gloomy for the hosts, Tammy Beaumont and Natalie Sciver came to their rescue. Beaumont continued her fine form in the tournament and, along with Sciver, stitched a mammoth partnership of 170 runs to take the game away from New Zealand. Both batters played with positive intent and even after losing three early wickets, didn t shy away from playing the big shots.

Suzie Bates tried all her bowling options, but none of them were able to break the partnership. At the end of the 40-over mark, England had already managed to score 217 runs. Both Beaumont and Sciver were in their nineties and were looking good to get to their respective hundreds. However, the former missed out and fell just 7 runs short of her hundred. Nevertheless, it was a brilliant innings from Beaumont. She came out to bat when her team was struggling and played one hell of a knock.

A couple of overs later, Sciver registered her second ODI century also her second one in the tournament. With last 5 overs to go, Sciver decided to cut loose and took the attack to the New Zealand bowlers. She scored 29 more runs in just 18 balls, before she was dismissed by Amelia Kerr for 129. Her dismissal triggered a collapse among the England batting lineup as they lost 3 more wickets in the next two overs and ended up getting 284 runs in their 50 overs.

In the second innings, Anya Shrubshole provided England with a perfect start as she got rid of Rachel Priest in her first over. But after that, the England bowlers failed to pick up any wicket up until 19 overs. The pair of Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite stitched a partnership of 75 runs for the second wicket and gave their team a solid foundation. After starting off slowly, the duo picked up the momentum and scored the runs at almost 6 runs per over. Whenever there was a boundary scoring option, they didn t miss out on it.

Their partnership was finally broken by Alex Hartley, who got rid of Bates for 44. One brings two and this time around, it was Launa Marsh who got Satterthwaite back in the pavilion. Once the two set batters were dismissed, the White Ferns kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 209. Except Katie Perkins, who scored a valiant 43 not out, none of the other batters provided any sort of resistance against the England bowling attack.

While Alex Hartley finished with a three-for, Jenny Gunn and Anya Shrubsole picked up 2 wickets each for the hosts.

Brief Scores

England Women 284 for 9 in 50 overs (Natalie Sciver 129, Tammy Beaumont 93; Amelia Kerr 4 for 51) beat New Zealand Women 209 all-out in 46.4 overs (Suzie Bates 44, Katie Perkins 43; Alex Hartley 3 for 44) by 75 runs.

Player of the Match: Natalie Sciver