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ICC Women’s World T20 Australia vs South Africa: Southern Stars Through To Semis

By on May 8, 2010

Australia Women (Nitschke 44, Poulton 39, Ismail 3-30) 155 beat South Africa Women (Preez* 53, Nitschke2-21) 131 for 7 by 24 runs…

Australia’s women’s cricket team has secured a spot in the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 after a comfortable 24-run win over South Africa in St Kitts.

All-rounder Shelley Nitschke was the star of the show, top-scoring with a quickfire 44 from 32 deliveries and snaring two wickets as the Southern Stars sealed a second consecutive win in the tournament.

Leah Poulton (39) and Jess Cameron (27) also got among the runs as Australia racked up 155 in its 20 overs.

South Africa’s Sunette Loubser (3-22) and Shabnim Ismael (3-30) were the pick of the bowlers.

The South African reply failed to spark, however, despite a valiant effort by No.3 Mignon du Preez who finished on an unbeaten 53 that included four fours and two sixes.

Australia proved to be superior in the field, limiting South Africa to 131.

“It’s obviously good to know we’re in the semi-finals but we can’t lose focus. We still have the West Indies to play on Sunday and we’d like to make a clean sweep on way to the semis,” Nitschke said.

The West Indies are also through to the last four after beating defending champion England by two runs.

The hosts posted 8-122 but just as England looked on course for victory, it lost its last nine wickets for 55 runs in 65 balls to finish at 9-120.

Shermaine Campbelle (2-15), Deandra Dottin (2-31) and Anisa Mohammed (2-9), who was named player of the match, shared the wickets.

England captain Charlotte Edwards was disappointed with her side’s performance after failing to progress past the group stage.

“We’re bitterly disappointed. I’ve got a very sad changing room down there but we’re going to have to pick ourselves up, go back home and work really hard ahead of the series against New Zealand this summer,” she said.

Source: Cricket Australia

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