Morgan keeps feet on the ground

Beth Morgan spoke to ECBtv after helping England defeat New Zealand by 31 runs

Beth Morgan says she will not get carried away despite England being within touching distance of the World Cup final.

Morgan's excellent unbeaten 37 helped England defeat New Zealand on Saturday and, barring a major shock, the all-rounder should be lining up for next Sunday's final at the North Sydney Oval.

However, Morgan is not looking that far forward and will concentrate on the remaining two Super Six games against West Indies and Australia.

"We still have to take each game at a time," Morgan told ecb.co.uk.

"Our next big focus is West Indies. We will go out there looking to do the same thing we did against New Zealand - do the basics well and try to win that game and go on from there. We are taking one game at a time and not looking too far ahead."

Morgan chose a perfect time to produce one of her best innings in an England shirt.

When Lydia Greenway was run out in the 32nd over, England, at 96 for four, were a couple of wickets away from real difficulty.

But Morgan rallied round captain Charlotte Edwards, putting on 62, and then added another 43 with Jenny Gunn at the death.

"Batting at number six you can go in at any situation, so I was relishing the challenge," she admitted.

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"It was quite a difficult pitch to get yourself in on, so my role was to support Charlotte who was batting really nicely. We knew that as long as we had wickets in hand we could go bigger at the end. That was the plan. Jen came in and played fantastically well. It was tough but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

"We knew that between 180-200 would be a good score, so we were pleased with that. But we knew only half the job was done. They have some great players so we were going to have to bowl and field well to defend that total.

"The bowlers and the fielding was great, the catching especially. They never got the chance to get away.

"We were obviously really pleased. They were the other unbeaten side in the competition and have some great players. It was a real team performance, everyone chipped in. We are chuffed to come out with the win but we are under no illusions there's a lot more hard work to do."