England qualify for Women's Cricket World Cup semi-final following Sciver century in victory over New Zealand

England's Nat Sciver hit her second century of the Women's World Cup, as the hosts booked their place in the semi-finals

England qualify for Women's Cricket World Cup semi-final following Sciver century in victory over New Zealand
Nat Sciver celebrates going to three figures at Derby (image source: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

England have qualified for the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup, after they defeated New Zealand by 75 runs in Derby

Their fifth straight win in the round-robin stage, following a shock loss to India in the opener, came thanks to 170-run fourth-wicket partnership by Tammy Beaumont (93) and player of the match, Nat Sciver

Sciver smashed her second century of the tournament, this an effort of 129 from 111 deliveries, to lead England to 284-9 from their 50 overs, before the bowlers dismissed their opponents for 209 for a comprehensive victory. 

Duo lead hosts to big total following slow start

As has been the case for much of this tournament, a major partnership during the middle overs was crucial to the hosts posting a large total.

Sciver & Beaumont congratulate eachother during their partnership (image source: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

This time the honour fell to Beaumont and Sciver, after Lauren Winfield (11), Sarah Taylor (8) and Heather Knight (8) all fell in the opening 15 overs to the Kiwi opening pair of Lea Tahuhu and Leigh Kasperek

Coming together at 52-3, the England took their time to get going, settling for an approach which carried the innings at around four runs per over before accelerating somewhat against the Kiwi spinners. 

Beaumont is in marvelous form having made 148 and 49 in the previous two fixtures, and added 93 against the White Ferns in an innings which included 11 boundaries as well as a number of runs down to third-man and fine-leg. 

The major aggressor was Sciver however, and having plundered 137 against Pakistan earlier in the competition, she made 129 in this game at much more than a run-a-ball, adding real impetus to the England innings during the final 15 overs. 

New Zealand kept themselves in the contest thanks to some excellent bowling during the final five overs, with 16-year-old leg-spinner Amelia Kerr ending with impressive figures of 4-51 from her nine overs. 

Spin trio help England to 75-run victory

England got the perfect start to their defence of 284 with Somerset's Anya Shrubsole bowling the dangerous Rachel Priest for 12 from five balls in the second over.

Suzie Bates (44) and Amy Satterthwaite (35) steadied the ship with a partnership of 75, before both fell in the space of three overs as England regained control. Laura Marsh accounted for the wicket of Satterthwaite with a caught-and-bowled effort, while Alex Hartley had Bates stumped before taking out Sophie Devine a couple of overs later as the White Ferns fell to 115-4 midway through their innings. 

Spin continued to dominate for England, and when skipper Knight bowled Katey Martin for 21 they were very much in the driving seat and on their way to a spot in the last four.

Alex Hartley celebrates taking the final wicket (image source: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

43 not out from Katie Perkins offered New Zealand some slight relief, but wickets continued to tumble at the other end and eventually England romped home by 75 runs with Hartley taking the final wicket to end with 3-44. 

Australia and South Africa each claimed one-sided victories on Wednesday to join England in the knockout stages, with the final spot going to the winner of New Zealand and India in what is essentially a quarter-final on Saturday. 

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