England reach semi finals thanks to Natalie Sciver century

England reach semi finals thanks to Natalie Sciver century

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Natalie Sciver’s brilliant century helped England reach the semi finals of the Women’s World Cup courtesy of a 75-run win over New Zealand.Sciver hit 129 off only 111 balls, adding 170 with Tammy Beaumont, who made 93, in England’s 284-9 at Derby.Alex Hartley took 3-44 and Anya Shrubsole 2-19 as New Zealand were bowled out for 209 with 20 balls left.Australia and South Africa, both of whom won on Wednesday, also qualified for the last four.Australia beat India by eight wickets, while England’s win confirmed South Africa’s progress following their eight-wicket thrashing of Sri Lanka at Taunton.The last semi-final place will be decided by India’s game against New Zealand at Derby on Saturday, when England face West Indies at Bristol.Victory was England’s fifth in succession following defeat by India in their opening game.