England 284 for 9 (Sciver 129, Beaumont 93, Kerr 4-51) beat New Zealand 209 (Bates 44, Perkins 43*, Hartley 3-43) by 75 runs
Nat Sciver struck her second century of an increasingly formidable World Cup campaign, as England’s women marched into the semi-finals with a 75-run victory over New Zealand at Derby. With Tammy Beaumont falling short of a century of her own, England’s fourth-wicket pair added 170 in 27 overs to rescue the team from a top-order wobble, before their slow bowlers snuffed out a reply that flickered briefly, Alex Hartley starring with 3 for 43.
For Sciver, the 2017 World Cup is turning into a personal coming of age. She brought up her hundred from 92 balls – the same number, in fact, from which she had made 137 against Pakistan at Leicester last week. But if that performance had been an exhibition of raw power, then this was a step-up in class against one…