England complete campaign in style

Laura Marsh & Trisha Chetty

Laura Marsh goes aerial en route to 33 as England beat South Africa by 58 runs

England women gained a consolation ICC World Twenty20 victory over South Africa, by 56 runs in St Kitts.

The defending champions went into the Group A game knowing it would be their last of the competition, having lost to Australia and West Indies.

However, Charlotte Edwards’ side did not let that huge disappointment affect their display as they emulated their male counterparts’ triumph against the Proteas yesterday.

Let down by their batting in the first two matches, England produced a solid effort after winning the toss to post 141 for six - their highest score of the competition.

Lydia Greenway top-scored with 34 not out from 22 balls, while Laura Marsh made 33 and both Claire Taylor and Jenny Gunn reached 20.

Nineteen-year-old off-spinner Danielle Wyatt, making her tournament debut, and Nicky Shaw then ripped through South Africa, claiming seven wickets between them.

Wyatt took 4-11 from three overs and Shaw 3-17 from four to dismiss their opponents for 85 in 17 overs.

Edwards, whose side finish third in the group, said: “Whilst we are pleased with today’s performance, it came too late for us; we are bitterly disappointed to be out of the tournament.

“A positive from today was the opportunity for young players like Danielle to perform successfully on the world stage.

“We will now be focusing on the summer ahead where we will play New Zealand in three Twenty20 matches and a one-day-international series in England.”

In the other Group A match, Australia women beat West Indies women by nine runs to maintain their 100% record in the tournament.

Australia successfully defended their 133 for seven total as West Indies could only manage 124, despite Stafanie Taylor's 58 not out at the top of the order.

Both teams had already qualified for the semi-finals, alongside New Zealand, while India and Sri Lanka do battle tomorrow to decide the identity of the remaining last-four berth.