Women's Big Bash: England players set for semi-finals in Australia
England trio Charlotte Edwards, Nicky Shaw and Katherine Brunt starred as Perth Scorchers clinched the last semi-final place in the inaugural Women's Big Bash League in Australia.
Shaw (3-28) and Brunt (2-14) tore into Melbourne Renegades before Edwards saw Perth home with 63 from 51 balls.
The Scorchers will face group winners Sydney Thunder in the first WBBL semi-final in Adelaide on Thursday.
Hobart Hurricanes, led by England's Heather Knight, face Sydney Sixers.
That second semi-final will be in Melbourne on Friday. Both semi-finals will be played as double-headers with the men's Big Bash League semis.
|Women's Big Bash League - final group table|
For the Sixers, whose squad includes England all-rounder Laura Marsh, reaching the last four was a remarkable effort after they lost their first six games, only to win their next eight.
Australia captain Meg Lanning, the International Cricket Council's top-ranked batter in 50-over and Twenty20 cricket, has comfortably been the WBBL's top scorer, averaging 56, but her Melbourne Stars team were pipped by the Scorchers on net run rate - courtesy of that win in Sunday's final group game.
England all-rounder Natalie Sciver was the Stars' joint leading wicket-taker, while keeper Sarah Taylor's heroics with the bat were not enough for Adelaide Strikers who finished two points adrift of the top four.
Also eliminated from semi-final contention were Brisbane Heat, featuring England's Lauren Winfield and Kate Cross, while all-rounder Danielle Wyatt won two player of the match awards but could not prevent Melbourne Renegades picking up the wooden spoon.
Involvement in the semi-finals mean Edwards, Brunt and Knight must delay meeting up with their England team-mates for the upcoming tour of South Africa.
Of the other English semi-finalists, Marsh was not selected to face South Africa, while Shaw, player of the match in England's 2009 World Cup win, retired from international cricket in 2010.
|Top performers in the inaugural WBBL|
|Top scorers||Top wicket-takers|
|560 - Meg Lanning (Stars)||22 - Veronica Pyke (Hurricanes)|
|444 - Charlotte Edwards (Scorchers)||21 - Rene Farrell (Thunder)|
|400 - Beth Mooney (Heat)||18 - Morna Nielsen (Stars)|
|400 - Ellyse Perry (Sixers)||18 - Molly Strano (Renegades)|
|393 - Sarah Taylor (Strikers)||18 - Lauren Cheatle (Renegades)|
|347 - Heather Knight (Hurricanes)||18 - Natalie Sciver (Stars)|
|Other leading English players:||Other leading English players:|
|249 - Danielle Wyatt (Renegades)||17 - Heather Knight (Hurricanes)|
|239 - Lauren Winfield (Heat)||16 - Nicky Shaw (Scorchers)|
|154 - Natalie Sciver (Stars)||15 - Katherine Brunt (Scorchers)|
|109 - Katherine Brunt (Scorchers)||14 - Danielle Wyatt (Renegades)|