Anya Shrubsole kept up her excellent form with the ball in the World Cup as Charlotte Edwards’ side blew away South Africa by seven wickets in a must win Super-Sixes encounter in Cuttack.
Shrubsole was superb for England in India as she outclassed the African top order on route to her one-day best figures of 5-17 as Mignon Du Preez’s side were bowled out for 77 inside 30 overs.
The defending champions knew it was a must win, and against New Zealand in their last Super Six on Tuesday, to stand any chance of reaching the final.
England fell to 26-3 during the chase, however any hopes of a collapse similar in the defeat to Australia two days ago was banished as Lydia Greenway’s 26 not and Arran Brindle’s unbeaten 28 guided them to victory in the 10th over.
Shrubsole took all the first five wickets for 19 runs. Firstly with her second ball she had Yolandi Potgieter leg before for one. The South African skipper was next to fall when she was struck on the pads by the same bowler for nought.
The English pacer never looked back once she started picking up wickets, Trisha Chetty (caught by Jenny Gunn at slip), Cri-zelta Brits (lbw) and ripped through Marizanne Kapp’s defence leaving the Proteas in a mess on 42-6.
Katherine Brunt dismissed the seventh batter Chloe Tyron catching her right in front of the middle stump leaving South Africa reeling on 47-7 inside the 22nd over.
Couple of boundaries by Dan Van Nierkerk added 22 runs to the scoreboard before off breaker Danielle Wyatt struck 3 times and finished the innings on 77-all out before the 30 over mark ending with impressive figures of 3-7.
Wyatt had Shabnim Ismael caught behind sharply by wicket-keeper Sarah Taylor and held a caught and bowled for the final South African wicket of Marcia Letsoalo for 1.
The England batters wanted to amend their batting failures in the Australian game, Edwards struck a boundary in the first over and Wyatt launched three superbly timed fours taking the score to 23 in just 2.5 overs.
Kapp made the breakthrough from the last ball of the third over removing Edwards for six caught by Tyron. Tyron herself bowled magnificently with the new ball swinging the ball all around the place, dismissing Wyatt (14 off 10) and Taylor for duck in the space of three balls leaving England in a bit of a bother at 26-3.
However, the small target didn’t really trouble England too much Greenway hit five perfectly timed drives to the boundary line on her to 25 in 19 balls and at the other hand Brindle gave her enough support making 28 runs in only 16 which included 6 fours.
The pair’s free flowing batting took the English Lioness to victory with a high level of ease in 9.3 overs.
With Australia already in their 8th Women’s World Cup Final, England’s match on Tuesday versus New Zealand could be equivalent to a Semi-Final.