Defending champions England became the first team to enter the Super Six stage from Group A in the ICC Women's World Cup when they recorded a six-wicket victory over the West Indies here on Tuesday.
England shot out the West Indies for a paltry 101 in 36.4 overs after the latter opted to bat first and then made heavy weather of the chase by making 103 for four in 35 overs to finish the league with four points from three games.
Openers Danielle Wyatt, who made 40 in 80 balls with 6 fours, opened the England run-chase with Arran Brindle as skipper Charlotte Edwards was not feeling too well. They suffered a mini collapse by losing the duo as well Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway as the score advanced from 66 to 79 and then managed to cross the line without further loss with Heather Knight (18) and Jennifer Gunn (4) at the crease. The initial damage in the West Indies innings in the morning was done by England's new ball bowlers Ketherine Brunt (2 for 6) and Anya Shrubsole, who picked up 4 for 21. Shrubsole left West Indies gasping with a three-wicket burst for 8 runs in her first six-over spell and then came back to take the last wicket.
South Africa book knock-out berth
A fine all-round performance from Marizanne Kapp helped South Africa crush Pakistan by 126 runs in their last league match and qualify for the Super Six stage.
South Africa rode on Marizanne's unbeaten 150-ball 102 to post 207 for five in their allotted 50 overs after electing to bat and then shot out Pakistan for a paltry 81 in 29.4 overs to finish the league with two points from three games.
Marizanne also contributed with the ball, picking up three key Pakistani wickets for 18 runs to help the Proteas register their first win in the ongoing World Cup.
Marizanne, who scored her maiden hundred, was involved in a record century-plus stand for the unconquered sixth wicket partnership with Dane Van Niekerk (77-ball 55 not out) after the South Africans were left tottering at 79 for five in 23.5 overs. Both joined forces at a time when Pakistan's new-ball combination of Asmavia Iqbal and Qanita Jali had reduced the Proteas to 55 for four inside 17 overs.
Easy win for Australia
Australia recorded a comfortable seven-wicket victory over New Zealand after opener Meg Lanning smashed her way to a 104-ball 112 on Tuesday. Chasing 228 after opting to bat second, Australia raced to the win with as many as 70 balls to spare.
21-year-old Lanning, who blasted 17 fours and a six during her stay at the crease, found an able ally in Jess Cameron, with whom she added 182 runs for the second wicket in just 29 overs. Cameron made 82 while facing 87 balls, and hit 12 fours and a six.
Lanning's effort ensured New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates' century went in vain. Australia's Megan Schutt was the pick of the bowlers from either side as she finished with impressive figures of three for 40 from 10 overs.PTI