Spin underpins England semi-final win
England cruised into the Women’s World Twenty20 final with a seven-wicket defeat of New Zealand built on an outstanding bowling display at Colombo’s Premadasa Stadium.
England’s spinners, supported by impressive seamer Katherine Brunt, exploited a slow and low-bouncing pitch to limit the White Ferns to 93 for eight in the first semi-final.
The slow bowlers delivered 14 of England’s overs with Danni Wyatt and Holly Colvin striking twice. Another spinner, Danni Hazell, and Brunt, who shared the new ball, showed impressive economy. Opener Amy Satterthwaite held the innings together with 30, but New Zealand managed just six boundaries.
Charlotte Edwards’s calm 33 at the top of the order and a 40-run third-wicket stand between Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway made light work of an attack also dominated by spin but lacking England’s control as victory came with 16 balls to spare.
Edwards had opted to bowl first and in the opening over saw her opposite number Suzie Bates run out without scoring. Aside from Anya Shrubsole’s sole wicket with seam, the spinners chipped away as only 18 by Nicola Browne and 19 from Katey Martin complemented Satterthwaite’s resistance.
Laura Marsh struggled to get going but, once she and Edwards departed, Taylor and Greenway made 21 and 22 respectively, the latter falling with the scores level and the former hitting the winning run. Taylor struck the only six, one of nine England boundaries.
12:42pm - ENGLAND WIN BY SEVEN WICKETS TO REACH WORLD TWENTY20 FINAL! - Taylor flicks Devine for a single past short fine-leg to complete victory with 16 balls to spare. England will play Australia or West Indies in Sunday’s final at the same venue as today's game.
12:40pm - WICKET! Greenway c Devine b Ruck 22; Eng 93/3 - Greenway delicately reverse-paddles Ruck for four and next ball picks up two with the same shot. Ruck then bowls a wide. Greenway’s third reverse-paddle of the over brings a single and Taylor takes one to deep midwicket. An orthodox Greenway paddle for two levels the scores, but the left-hander falls on the reverse.
12:35pm - Taylor is reprieved on 18 when she is stumped off Mackay's back-foot no-ball, although the right-hander cannot score from the free-hit. Greenway sweeps another full-toss for four and at the end of the over England need 12 from 24 deliveries.
12:29pm - Ruck limits England to two from the 15th over, but they are still firm favourites to win.
12:25pm - England’s steady progress continues as six singles come from spinner Frances Mackay’s first over. They need 22 runs from 36 balls.
12:20pm - Taylor and Lydia Greenway keep the scoreboard ticking over as Brown returns to the attack to complete her allocation.
12:14pm - Taylor deposits a Nielsen full-toss over midwicket for the game’s first six. England need 32 from the last eight overs.
12:10pm - WICKET! Edwards c Devine b Bermingham 33; Eng 53/2 - Edwards drives Bermingham, who began the over with five wides, down the ground for four but next ball picks out backward point where Sophie Devine holds a high catch. England, who are helped by the over yielding 11, need to keep their cool here.
12:07am - Edwards narrowly survives being run out when Sarah Taylor takes a single to midwicket, who relays to wicketkeeper Katey Martin. England are 44 for one after 10 overs.
12:03pm - Edwards advances to Doolan and strokes a lofted four down the ground to keep her side on course.
11:57am - WICKET! Marsh c Nielsen b Ruck 11; Eng 32/1 - Marsh falls on the drive, the right-hander picking out mid-off Morna Nielsen who holds an excellent low catch.
11:53am - England are 26 without loss from the powerplay and Edwards clips Lucy Doolan’s first ball for four over midwicket to continue the momentum.
11:49am - Marsh gets a streaky four when her pull off Brown lands short of deep square-leg fielder Amy Satterthwaite, who is fooled by the spin that takes the ball to the rope.
11:45am - Laura Marsh finally faces at the start of the forth over, bowled by leg-spinner Erin Bermingham. Marsh gets going by sweeping for a single.
11:41am - Edwards looks in total control as she sweeps Brown fine to the boundary. At the end of the third over Edwards has faced all the strike.
11:34am - Charlotte Edwards takes a single to third man from the last ball of an otherwise runless opening over from Nicola Browne. Edwards then elegantly cuts Sian Ruck for four.
New Zealand Innings
11:21am - END OF INNINGS; NZ 93/8 - Wyatt concedes just five from the final over as England leave themselves chasing 94 to reach Sunday’s final. If they bat sensibly, they should surely chase that?
11:18am - WICKET! Martin st Wyatt 19; NZ 91/8 - From round the wicket, Wyatt pushes one past the right-hander’s outside edge and Taylor does the rest.
11:14am - WICKET! Bermingham run out 1; NZ 85/7 - Erin Bermingham plays another Marsh full-toss to deep backward square-leg from where Wyatt relays to Taylor who breaks the stumps with Bermingham just short of her ground.
11:11am - WICKET! Browne c Greenway b Marsh 18; NZ 83/6 - Marsh returns with a full-toss, which Browne connects with only to see Greenway take a fine catch above her head at deep midwicket. That breaks a stand of 26 in four overs.
11:10am - We have seam bowling again in Shrubsole, who immediately over-steps but Martin can manage just a single from the free-hit. However, the right-hander pulls a full-toss to the fine-leg rope for the first boundary in five and a half overs. The over yields 10 runs.
11am - Brunt does brilliantly on the leg-side rope to save four after Katey Martin pulls Hazell. At the end of the over, four have passed without a boundary.
10:54am - WICKET! Satterthwaite c Gunn b Colvin 30; NZ 57/5 - The opener, who was holding the innings together, holes out to long-on off Colvin. England’s spinners are very much in control here.
10:49pm - Nicola Browne pulls the last ball of Marsh’s otherwise tight over for four, but Colvin keeps the pressure on from the other end.
10:41am - WICKET! McGlashan st Colvin 3; NZ 42/4 - England’s spin options are not over yet. Left-armer Holly Colvin enters the attack and lures Sara McGlashan out of her ground with Taylor sharply completing the dismissal.
10:38am - Laura Marsh, England’s third spinner, comes on and concedes an unlucky four as Satterthwaite edges through a vacant slip area, taking New Zealand to 38 for three from half their overs.
10:33am - WICKET! Mackay lbw Shrubsole 2; NZ 30/3 - Hazell is back into the attack and restricts New Zealand to two from the over. Satterthwaite then pulls a loose Shrubsole delivery for four. Shrubsole has a leg-before appeal against Frances Mackay turned down with the ball going down, but strikes with a similar delivery that was hitting the right-hander’s leg stump.
10:27am - Anya Shrubsole takes over from Brunt and England keep the pressure firmly on their opponents with just one from the over.
10:20am - WICKET! Devine c Brunt b Wyatt 11; NZ 17/2 - Devine slog-sweeps and Brunt, who has just finished her third over, keeps her composure to hold on at deep midwicket. Satterthwaite straight-drives the last ball of the over to the boundary as New Zealand reach 22 for two at the end of the powerplay.
10:19am - The first boundary comes in streaky fashion as Sophie Devine under-edges Brunt through the slip region. Those are the only runs of another fine over.
10:14am - Following another tight Brunt over, Danni Wyatt replaces fellow spinner Hazell as skipper Charlotte Edwards does her best to stop the batters settling and keep her bowlers fresh in the intense heat. Wyatt has a close lbw shout against the left-handed Satterthwaite turned down with HawkEye showing the ball only clipping leg stump.
10:07am - Spinner Danni Hazell shares the new ball with Brunt and begins with a tidy over. From the last ball Amy Satterthwaite aerially slog-sweeps just short of Greenway at deep midwicket.
10:02am - WICKET! Bates run out 0; NZ 0/1 - A dreadful start for the White Ferns as their captain Suzie Bates plays firmly to cover-point where Lydia Greenway quickly throws to wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor. Bates, who changed her mind over a single, is well short of her ground. Katherine Brunt then completes a maiden over.
10am - We are under way. England won all three group games while New Zealand lost to West Indies then beat South Africa and Sri Lanka.
9:55am - The teams, who are singing their respective national anthems, are as follows...
England: Charlotte Edwards (capt), Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor (wk), Arran Brindle, Lydia Greenway, Danni Wyatt, Jenny Gunn, Anya Shrubsole, Danni Hazell, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin.
New Zealand: Suzie Bates (capt), Amy Satterthwaite, Sophie Devine, Frances Mackay, Sara McGlashan, Nicola Browne, Katey Martin (wk), Erin Bermingham, Lucy Doolan, Morna Nielsen, Sian Ruck.
9:50am - Hello and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live coverage of the first Women’s World Twenty20 semi-final between England and New Zealand at Colombo’s Premadasa Stadium, which will host the maiden men’s semi between Sri Lanka and Pakistan later today. England captain Charlotte Edwards opted to bowl first and announced an unchanged side. The White Ferns have brought in an extra spinner in Lucy Doolan, who has replaced Katie Perkins.