West Indies beat England by four wickers to secure a semi-final match against Australia, winning their Women’s World T20 match in St. Lucia with 3 balls to spare.
Put into bat, England were struggling at 50 for 6, despite 23 from Tammy Beaumont, but their fortunes were restored by a 58 run partnership for the 7th wicket between Sophia Dunkley and Anya Shrubsole, before Dunkley who hit a six and three fours, fell for 35. Shrubsole went on to make 29, as England posted 115 for 8 from their 20 overs.
In reply, The West Indies were struggling when they lost 2 wickets in four balls at the start of the second over, but Dottin and Shermain Campbell steadied matters with a stand of 68, and, although Dottin fell for 46, having hit 4 sixes and a four, Campbell was able to steer her side to the brink of victory. She fell in the final over for 45, having struck a six and 4 fours, but Kycia Knight scored the winning runs. The defeat means that England will play India in the others semi-final.
In a match with nothing riding on it, South Africa beat Bangladesh by 30 runs. Batting first, South Africa got off to a good start through Lizelle Lee and Dane van Niekerk, and when Lee was run out for 15, Marizanne Kapp. However, they lost their way, sliding from 60 -1 to 67 -4, and needed a 5th wicket stand of 26 between Mignon du Preez and Chloe Tyron to get them near to three figures. They then lost their last 4 wickets for just six runs to close on 107 -9, which was not the toughest target in the world to chase.
However, Bangladesh never threatened to get near it, and were behind the asking rate from the outset. Fargana Haque Pinky scored 19, and Rumana Ahmed’s 34 not out saved them from total embarrassment, but the Bangladeshi final total of 79 -5 was well short on what was required.
Both semi-finals will be played on Thursday while the final of the tournament will be held on Sunday.