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Summary

  1. England win with two balls to spare
  2. SA 218-6: Du Preez 76*, Wolvaardt 66
  3. Wickets for Shrubsole, Sciver, Gunn & Knight
  4. Taylor's superb stumping removes Chetty
  5. England play Australia or India in Lord's final

Live Reporting

By Amy Lofthouse and Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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Right. Well. That wasn't at all tense, was it?!

England are through to the World Cup final at Lord's, where they will face either Australia or India. We'll be back for that match on Thursday.

Cheers for your company. Allow me to leave you with England's winning moment, courtesy of Anya Shrubsole. In a bit!

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

I'm looking forward to Australia-India on Thursday - India have turned Derby into their little fortress.

Isa Guha

Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

I'm torn as to who England would prefer to face on Sunday. I don't think they'll mind - they'll just want to back themselves in front of 28,000 people. They've been so successful at Bristol and had a lot of support from the locals - I think it helped them get over the line against Australia - and they're in a place where they can be successful. Katherine Brunt has won a World T20 final at Lord's, Jenny Gunn has played a lot there.

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Former England batter Susie Rowe: Wow what a nail biter in the cricket. Can't wait to watch the highlights! So @englandcricket in the World Cup Final on Sun, go boss it girls!

Natalie Germanos

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A few years back, nine times out of 10, South Africa would never have come back into that game. But now, the coaches are speechless to come that close, as no-one expected to come that close to the final and have it ripped away from them.

South Africa
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'Relief is the first emotion!'

More from Anya Shrubsole on TMS: "We've worked very hard on being a bit tougher as a team. Jenny and Fran's partnership was brilliant as it settled things down and we made it over the line. Sunday is going to be a great occasion but we've always been supported well here too."

"I knew I'd hit the final ball well - thankfully it hit the gap, and I think relief is the first emotion."

Shrubsole
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Isa Guha

Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

The way England have that depth and believe in each other has kept them in good stead. This was perhaps the toughest game when the pressure is on to make it to a sell-out final at Lord's.

'I thought I'd chance my luck'

England vice-captain Anya Shrubsole on TMS: "The most important thing is that we're there. It's not how you win, it's getting over the line. Some people might disagree as it's not good for the nerves.

"Jenny had played an outstanding innings, she was really calm, I thought I'd chance my luck and thankfully it was in the one area I can hit the ball! I hadn't realised Lord's would be a sell-out, but it's a huge thing for this team."

Katherine Brunt is giving one of her nieces a cuddle and gets a massive hug from her sister as she heads off to see her family.

Dan Norcross

BBC Test Match Special

With all due respect to Alex Hartley, there really was nothing to come. England really should have chased down that target, so we should give credit to South Africa for taking the game so deep.

The England players are out signing a never ending queue of autographs for some young fans.

Heather Knight, meanwhile, has jogged over to the crowd to get a hug from her mum, which, as we all know, is the cure for any form of stress!

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

England are very much a unit - they really felt they believed they could do it. South Africa don't have half the resources England have - but what an exciting side they have, led by a brilliant leader.

I'm now a little bit nervous about England chasing - I want them to win the toss and bat on Sunday.

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Rupert Loyd: Wow. I didn't think I'd be as into this World Cup as that. What a win. So tense.

Mike Crew: England men take note of the women, they know how to deal with pressure situations.

Isa Guha

Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

What incredible handling of pressure by the lower order. Fran Wilson played beautifully until she got out, but because of her fearless attitude, she got England back into the game. I'm proud of how Jenny Gunn has played in this tournament, she's taken every opportunity she's had with the ball and the bat. An incredible game of cricket.

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England batter Fran Wilson on TMS: "When you're out there it's fine as you know the job in hand - with Katherine Brunt and Jenny Gunn, you know how the other one works. But when you're on the side, it's worse as there's nothing you can do to help.

"We were ahead of the rate for a long time, it was just resisting the urge to tee off, staying in the game for a long time and hitting the bad ball. We know how each other works as a group - I love the chasing role."

Wilson
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Bea Watkinson: Just cheered on a bus. Now got tears in my eyes laughing out loud. Anya Shrubsole what a legend.

Harry Cunningham: I don't think I have been so excited by the prospect of a women's sport final before. Testament to how far the game has come!

'We hope we made people proud'

More from Dane van Niekerk: "We hope we made everyone proud. We needed some magic but we didn't get it today. We had great support and a great run. I don't think a lot of people thought we would and t's a testament to the team we have here."

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

Anya Shrubsole just walked down the wicket and went "smash". What were we worried about?

Shrubsole
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'I trusted the girls to do their jobs'

Has the increased coverage - and DRS being used in women's cricket for the first time - meant added pressure on the teams?

England captain Heather Knight: "Maybe a little bit. The biggest prize is always that final at Lord's, but it's something we've really enjoyed, putting on shows for the crowds. It's great people are coming to see us.

Were you nervous at the end?

"Definitely. I'm not the best watcher, but I trusted the girls to do their jobs."

Knight
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Watch: Shrubsole's winning four

Here's one for England fans - and particularly those from the West Country - to savour.

Anya Shrubsole, with her side two runs away from a final at Lord's, strides to the middle and tonks her first ball for four to see England over the line. A brilliant moment.

'Gunn has nerves of steel'

England captain Heather Knight: "It was hard watching on the balcony, but we keep finding ways to win in this competition and Jenny Gunn had nerves of steel at the end. Close games are the best to win and the worst to lose but credit to South Africa, what a game of cricket."

Fran Wilson played a crucial role here - certainly enough for the "Fran of the match" award - here she is hitting a four, before that tense moment when she was caught behind.

'I am really proud of my team'

South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: "We thought we were 30 runs short but knowing my team, we went out there believing, and I am really proud of them and the way they went about it.

"You always have to believe you can win a game of cricket. I said to them it was very close, anything can happen. All credit to the bowlers but well done to England. It was a great game of cricket and I hope the fans enjoyed it."

Van Niekerk
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It all got a bit tense here, so we may not have been able to flag up all the highlights clips - here's two vital boundaries from Jenny Gunn. Or the Gunn-meister, as I will exclusively refer to her as from now on.

Dan Norcross

BBC Test Match Special

An amazing game of cricket. It confounded throughout. Nothing we expected to happen, did happen!

'A little bit too tense!'

Player of the match Sarah Taylor:"It's been a long journey for all of us, but that was a little bit too tense! It wasn't the most enjoyable experience, but we knew we had the depth in our batting. Fran and Jen batted absolutely brilliantly. South Africa played so well, to lose like that is heartbreaking so we hope they do well in the future.

"The crowd here's been fantastic, we just want to thank them all as to get to the final is amazing and we couldn't be prouder of each other."

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Isa Guha won the Olympic standing jump record when that winning four was hit.

Player of the match - Sarah Taylor

For her 54 - and that fantastic stumping - Sarah Taylor is named player of the match. She too is pretty emotional as she accepts the award.

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BBC Test Match Special

Unbelievable! They nearly threw that away!

England celebrate
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The South Africa team are on their knees, joined by their support staff, just having a conciliatory huddle. But really, what can you say? This will hurt for a while. They've played magnificently, showed some utter fight to get back into this match, and to lose like that...

Ebony Rainford-Brent

Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

I think the bowling was unbelievable. England and South Africa were neck and neck in runs, but the bowling was disciplined and without that, South Africa could have put another 20 runs on the board.

The South Africa players have got their arms wrapped around each other, in utter tears of disbelief, while England are high-fiving and looking pretty emotional themselves.

Dearie me, that was tense.

South Africa
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Dane van Niekerk is utterly disconsolate, sat in tears on the field. In fact quite a few of the Proteas are in tears - to come so far, and then miss out... I can't imagine what that must feel like.

Shrubsole goes straight to the South Africa captain to console her.

Shrubsole
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BreakingEngland win by two wickets!

Eng 219-8

SHE HITS IT FOR FOUR! ENGLAND WIN! That is utterly, utterly brilliant from Anya Shrubsole, a step down the wicket and she leathers the ball through the off side for four.

The players are going mad on the sidelines, Heather Knight pumping her fists as she runs down the stairs to grab her team. England are in the Lord's final!

Eng 217-8

Anya Shrubsole, who a second ago was crouched down behind the glass in the dressing room, unable to watch, is now striding to the crease, with two runs needed from three balls.

She's got a fired up Shabnim Ismail to contend with..

Alison Mitchell

BBC Test Match Special

I can't believe it. Laura Marsh can't believe it. That is pressure.

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Marsh b Ismail 1 (Eng 217-8)

Two to win. Marsh facing... and is bowled!

Two off three balls needed. Two wickets remaining.

Eng 217-7

Target 219

Tammy Beaumount's face on the balcony was a picture after that drop by Ismail!

Jenny Gunn isn't having any of it though, working another single to take it to two from four balls...

Eng 216-7

Shabnim Ismail to bowl. Three to win, two for a tie and a super-over. Gunn hits it back to the bowler... and is dropped! Three from five.

Eng 216-7

Another single down to third man rounds off the over! Lovely bit of work from Gunn, and she gets herself on strike for the final over.

Deep breaths, folks. Just three runs standing between England and a sold out Lord's final...