England beat Windies to top World Cup group
|England v West Indies, Women’s World Cup, County Ground, Bristol|
|England 220-7 (50 overs): Knight 67, Beaumont 42, Fletcher 3-33|
|West Indies 128-9 (50 overs): Matthews 29, Nation 23, Sciver 3-3|
|England won by 92 runs|
England head into the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup on the back of a sixth straight win courtesy of a 92-run victory over West Indies.
Captain Heather Knight top scored with 67 as the hosts were restricted to 220-7, Afy Fletcher finishing with 3-33.
Natalie Sciver, who hit 129 against New Zealand on 12 July, took three wickets, including two in one over, as West Indies were restricted to 128-9.
England will face South Africa in the semi-final on 18 July in Bristol
South Africa, who started the day third in the table, dropped to fourth after a 59-run defeat to Australia at Taunton.
India confirmed their place in the semi-finals with a 186-run win over New Zealand at Derby.
They will meet holders Australia in the other semi-final at Derby on 20 July.
The final is at Lord’s on 23 July.
England hitting top form
Having lost on the opening day of the World Cup against India on 24 June, England have recovered well to build momentum after an impressive winning run.
Their emphatic victory over West Indies, runners-up in 2013, included a disciplined fielding display, while seven Windies wickets were lbw – a record in the women’s one-day international game.
West Indies were 64-3 at one stage before losing five wickets for 36 runs to collapse to 100-8.
Earlier Knight played an intelligent innings, which included five fours, to steady England after they had slipped to 105-5.
More to follow.