ICC Women's World Cup

Published:  12:49 AM, 18 July 2017

South Africa, England clash in 1st semis today

South Africa, England clash in 1st semis today England's Alastair Cook bats on the fourth day of the 2nd Test against South Africa at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham on July 17. -AFP

England can book a place in the Women's World Cup final if they beat South Africa on Tuesday as they go in search of a first major trophy in eight years.  The pair meet in the first semi-final at Bristol, a ground on which they played out a record-breaking encounter earlier in this tournament. Both sides surpassed the 300 mark on that occasion, going on to make 678 runs in total, the highest cumulative score in women's one-day international history.

Opener Tammy Beaumont top-scored with 148 and will once again be the key threat for England. Beaumont and Sarah Taylor (147) shared a 275-run stand in a match where England beat the Proteas by 68 runs. But it was captain Heather Knight who led from the front with a valuable 62 as England defeated the West Indies at Bristol last Saturday to finish top of the group table, having won six straight games since a surprise opening loss to India.   "The best part about our squad is that someone steps up every single game," said Beaumont.

-AFP, Bristol

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