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17 July 2017, 03:57 | Melissa Porter
GETTYHeather Knight is bidding to lead England to Women's World Cup glory
ENGLAND have given themselves a huge advantage to win the Women's World Cup by being able to stay in Bristol for a few days before playing their semi-final against South Africa on Tuesday at The Brightside Ground.
With a semi-final in Bristol on the line, Brunt and Anya Shrubsole opened the bowling with plenty of hostility and as the West Indies struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking over, Fran Wilson ran out Kyshona Knight as the opener attempted to steal a single off Jenny Gunn.
Offspinner Afy Fletcher was the pick of the Windies bowlers, triggering a collapse in the middle order by picking three wickets as England went from 91/2 to 105/5.
The prime architects of this victory were skipper Heather Knight, who scored a fine 67, that enabled them to recover from 105/5 and finish with a total of 220 after being put in by Windies.
The lbw calls continued to come, and all-rounder Sciver clinched her third wicket in three overs after Fletcher played all-round her legs.
Seamer Natalie Sciver took three for three from four overs but it was left-arm spinner Alex Hartley, with one or 25 from her 10 and off-spinner Laura Marsh, with one for 25 from 10 overs, who put the squeeze on the innings.
England ended top of the standings on 12 points, reigning champions Australia Women finished second also on 12 points but with an inferior net run rate, while India Women were third on 10 and South Africa Women fourth on nine.
Opener Hayley Mathews (29 from 64 balls) and Chedean Nation (23 from 57) were the main contributor for West Indies.
Sciver's four-over spell ended with three wickets for just three runs, and one maiden.
In reply, West Indies got a slow start and once they started losing wickets steadily, the innings fell apart.
With the dry wicket aiding the spinners, the West Indies' batsmen were simply not scoring and Deandra Dottin was the next player to fall lbw, as skipper Knight added to her half-century with a vital scalp.
Stumbling at 37 for two, Matthews steadied the innings in a 27-run stand with Nation.
The 24-year-old blasted 137 off 92 deliveries versus Pakistan, including 14 fours and four sixes, and followed it up with a 111-ball 129 against New Zealand.
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