The White Ferns won their crunch game today, beating 2005 finalists India by 5 wickets to set up – barring miracles in remaining matches – an England-New Zealand final this Sunday.
It’s a pretty impressive looking scorecard for New Zealand with two wickets each for Wellington speedster Sophie Devine and Kate Pulford and economy from our two all-rounders ranked in the top five in the world, Aimee Mason and Nicola Browne. Mason also hit a quick 23 at the end off just 16 balls, before Browne closed it out at the end.
For the batswomen, Pulford, captain Haidee Tiffen, and Suzy Bates pretty much made sure of the game with top-order partnerships scoring the majority of the runs needed.
Awesome. This is some tournament – hosts Australia knocked out of the final when they have won all but three of previous World Cups. England unbeaten and playing great cricket, captained by sparkling all-rounder Charlotte Edwards and led by young spin bowlers Laura Marsh and Holly Colvin with the best bat in the world at the moment, Claire Taylor, as usual scoring buckets of runs.
Can the White Ferns do it?
They need to keep Taylor and Edwards quiet, because the rest of England’s batting is fragile and inexperienced. They need to forge partnerships together, and partner Tiffen’s rock solid approach with the hard hitting, free scoring batswomen around her. And they need to field their socks off.
You can watch the game on Sky Sport 3 if you have it from 11.30am on Sunday.