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  1. England reach World Cup semi-finals
  2. Eng 284-9: Sciver 129, Beaumont 93
  3. Beaumont & Sciver add 170 from 52-3
  4. NZ 209: Bates 44, Satterthwaite 35
  5. Hartley 3-44, Shrubsole 2-19
  6. Australia & South Africa also into semis

Live Reporting

By Matthew Henry and Justin Goulding

All times stated are UK

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So then. England have booked their place in the World Cup semi-final with a game to spare.

Australia and South Africa are also through with India v New Zealand on Saturday effectively a quarter-final.

England's next game is against West Indies on Saturday at 10:30 BST and we'll be back for live text commentary then.

For now, enjoy the moment England reach the World Cup last four...

Thank you and goodbye.

New Zealand captain Suzie Bates: "We thought if one of our top order scores big then we would be able to chase it. The partnership from Beaumont and Sciver took the game away from us.

"I was pleased that we brought it back at the end but we couldn't break their partnership and that is where they won the game."

Asked about the dropped catch of Nat Sciver: "Any drop against a good side will hurt you. We know we have to take those chances and then we could have restricted them but it wasn't to be.

"We have played really good cricket in this tournament and lost to England and Australia who are quality sides. It is not doom and gloom. If we play well we can beat India."

Player of the match Nat Sciver,asked where her innings of 129 ranks in her career: "Pretty high. When I went in I knew we needed a partnership. It was a little trickier to bat than in previous games. It was not about targets at that time, it was about playing smart cricket."

Asked about the 'Nat-meg', Sciver said: "That sounds pretty good it is not quite intentional yet but I am working on it. It depends on the length of the ball. If it is right length then I am able to do it."

England captain Heather Knight on the 170-run stand between Sciver and Beaumont: "We were really under pressure and that partnership was worth more on that pitch.

"The batters really stand out at the moment and putting in those big partnerships. You want to have those top five get big runs. It's credit to the hard work they've done in the last year. It's really nice to see.

"I said winning is a habit before the game and hopefully we can carry on."

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

England are doing everything really well. Today was exceptional, the way they rebuilt their innings from 52-3. The only area you can criticise is their catching - that has been a constant problem in the World Cup. You hope it doesn't hurt them.

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Chris van Thomas: Anya Shrubsole is the bowler I want to be. Always delivers, always with a trick up her sleeve. Semi-finals, here we come!

England qualify for World Cup semi-finals

The England players get together for a team selfie on the outfield. They're all smiles and quite right.

From 52-3, Tammy Beaumont and Nat Sciver set up the win with the latter making 129 before an excellent all-round bowling performances.

Alex Hartley ended with three wickets plus two each for Jenny Gunn and Anya Shrubsole.

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

A brilliant performance.

England win by 75 runs

Huddleston lbw Hartley 0 (NZ 209 all out)

England have qualified for the World Cup semi-finals!

Perhaps fittingly Alex Hartley gets the last wicket as number 11 Holly Huddleston is plumb in front.

A might fine performance from England. Are they the favourites?

NZ 208-9

Target 285

Anya Shrubsole's figures are remarkable. She concedes just a single from her seventh over and has two wickets for just 19 runs. She set the tone right at the top as New Zealand fell behind the required rate.

NZ 207-9

Need 78 from 30 balls

New Zealand hang on for another over. The Derby crowd are ready and waiting for the winning moment. They have been treated to an excellent England performance, ever since they slipt to 52-3.

NZ 206-9

Target 285

It was indeed a leg-cutter from Shrubsole that did for Tahuhu. It nipped away a little off the pitch and was too good for the tailender. How long until England seal the deal?

Charlotte Edwards

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

A slower ball and Lahuhu played right through that one. The writing is on the wall for New Zealand.


Tahuhu b Shrubsole 11 (NZ 206-9)

England are one wicket away.

A slower ball from Anya Shrubsole - I think a leg cutter - beats Lea Tahulu all ends up and off stump is knocked back.

NZ 204-8

Target 285

Alex Hartley is back into the attack having made the game-changing breakthrough by dismissing Suzie Bates earlier on. Can the left-arm spinner nip another two wickets out?

Perkins is batting way outside off stump to rule out the risk of lbw so she'll have to hope for dismissals caught or bowled. Perkins picks up a single to help the Kiwis beyond 200.

NZ 198-8

Target 285

Katie Perkins is actually playing pretty well as she sees partners come and go, sometimes her own fault (see below). She chips a drive down the ground for another four. Tahuhu tries to work the ball into the leg-side but twice picks out the same fielder at mid-wicket. "Wait on!"

NZ 190-8

Target 285

It has been an all-round bowling performance from England with five different bowlers making breakthroughs. Jenny Gunn almost has a third as Lea Tahuhu skies the ball in the air but it drops agonisingly between two fielders. Katie Perkins is still ticking along nicely in this likely losing cause. Scoop shots have been the order of the day and she gets another to the rope.

NZ 183-8

Target 285

"Another run out girls," says Sarah Taylor under the lid. That Katherine Brunt drop and the mis-field in the previous over aside, England have been good in the field, quick to prevent singles and a few diving stops on the boundary edge to stop four.

Heather Knight gets through another over, just conceding three runs.

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David Wallace: Tight bowling. Mean bowling. Parsimonious bowling. - Squeeze the Ferns, England.

NZ 180-8

Target 285

How has that got through? As England's all-time leading wicket taker in ODIs Jenny Gunn has a right to ask a few questions here. Her figures take a beating as Lea Tahuhu manages to squeeze a drive through the ring of off-side fielder.

Not much excitement despite the boundary though. This game is all-but done. England have been excellent.

Jenny Gunn

How's stat?!

Phil Long

TMS statistician

Jenny Gunn is now three clear at the top of the England all-time leading wicket-takers in ODIs. She has 127 and Katherine Brunt 124.

NZ 172-8

Target 285

That's a good point from Ebony. New Zealand are perhaps better trying to bat out a few overs and get to a half-decent total, rather than get skittled for below 200.

They need to keep their net run rate up with one game remaining and a semi-final place on the run.

England won't have to worry about that. Barring a Kiwi miracle, they'll be in the last four.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

New Zealand need to take what they can from this game, because they will have a fight against India in theri final group game against India on Saturday.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

That was a car crash. Perkins stitched up Kerr.


Kerr run out 0 (NZ 170-8)

Desperate from New Zealand. There was never a run but Katie Perkins sets off, leaving Amelia Kerr with little chance of making her ground at the striker's end. Nat Sciver throws straight into the gloves of Sarah Taylor who does the rest.

Kerr is out without facing a ball.


Kasperek b Gunn 3 (NZ 170-7)

England are on the brink. Another wicket in the bag. This time Leigh Kasperek swipes horribly across the line and is bowled by Jenny Gunn.

That wicket just came as a result of pressure. New Zealand know they have to find the boundary. Looking at the replay, it kept pretty low which makes the shot look even worse.

NZ 165-6

Target 285

What have New Zealand got left?

The required rate is well above eight runs an over now. Surely that is too much. Leigh Kasperek is the new batter and is off the mark early. England are racing around in the outfield. They want to finish the job.

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

Bermingham, under pressure, had to go for a big swipe but Brunt made good ground. She's still angry with that last drop. You feel it's just a matter of time now.

NZ 159-6

Target 285

In the end that drop from Katherine Brunt didn't cost England. Erin Bermingham added just 13 before being dismissed.

England are closing in.


Bermingham c Brunt b Gunn 19 (NZ 159-6)

Now that might be that. Erin Bermingham looked dangerous and had to keep going for the big shots but this time she falls. She heaves the ball into the leg-side where Katherine Brunt, a couple of overs after dropping a catch, takes holds on.

Not much of a celebration or smile from Brunt. She throws the ball into the ground after the catch.

NZ 158-5

Target 285

Don't count out the Kiwis just yet!

That is a huge hit from Erin Bermingham him! She slog sweeps Heather Knight for six, the first of the innings. That traveled a few yards over the rope. A big hit in anyone's book.

The crowd has gone a little quiet. They couldn't, could they?

NZ 152-5

Four more to Bermingham. That won't help Katherine Brunt's mood.

It would take some innings but could that drop cost England.

Bermingham dropped on 6

Oh dear, oh dear. If there is one area England have fallen short in this tournament it is their catching and Katherine Brunt has dropped a sitter.

The ball is just chipped straight to her at cover and she spills it straight out. Brunt is not happy. Hands on her head and a face like thunder.

Tammy Beaumont tries to have a word with the seamer but I think she might be better left alone for an over.

NZ 143-5

Target 285

A bit of confusion here as we pause as the umpire has a word with Heather Knight after Marsh beats Perkins outside off-stump. I have no idea what that chat was about to be honest but Heather Knight is smiling. Nothing too serious I don't think.

The smile will disappear with deliveries like that though. Marsh gets wayward and Bermingham picks up her first four.

NZ 138-5

Target 285

Heather Knight goes from one extreme to the other as she follows the wicket ball with a chest-high full toss that is rightly called a no ball. Much better on the free hit a ball later. You can't do much with that.

This looks a big ask for the Kiwis now. Still 147 needed five wickets down.

Lydia Greenway

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

New Zealand are really struggling now. They had already lost their key players but it's now very much down to Katie Perkins, who wouldn't have that much experience chasing such a big score.


Martin b Knight 21 (NZ 133-5)

Heather Knight brings herself on to bowl and has a wicket second ball! Brilliant captaincy! She just gets one to turn a little into the right-handed Martin and the ball skips through the gate and into the stumps.

England are well on their way to the semi-finals now.

NZ 132-4

Need 153 to win from 21 overs

It is really starting to turn now as Laura Marsh completes her eighth over. She has one for 36 so far. Katey Martin is starting to accumulate quietly. She has 21 from 30.

NZ 130-4

Target 285

Like last week against Australia, Alex Hartley has two big wickets to her name. She has been a tad expensive though and gets hit to the rope once again here, this time by Katey Martin.

Hartley is lucky to avoid the same fate later in the over as Lauren Winfield produces some good fielding on the boundary edge to save a run.

NZ 121-4

Target 285

We thought spin would be the way to go on this tired pitch and after a difficult start both Hartley and Laura Marsh are bowling very well now. Marsh finds some big spin with the first ball of the over, the sort of turn that strikes fear into a batters' mind.

Howzat?! Marsh thinks she has another wicket as Martin is hit on the front pad on the sweep but the umpire isn't interested. If there is no bat, that is close. Very close.