Anya's ICC Women's World Cup Diary: Part Three

The ICC Women’s World Cup has now reached the knock out stages.

England topped the group and Western Storm and Somerset bowler Anya Shrubsole played a major part in that success. Here is part three of her Tour Diary:

“We have now completed the group stages, and since our opening day loss things couldn’t have gone much better. We have ended up topping the group with 6 wins from 7, and are preparing ourselves for a semi-final against South Africa at Bristol.

“Our game against Australia was an absolute thriller and one that will live long in the memory. The game ended up coming down to the last ball with Jenny Gunn successfully defending our total. The game ebbed and flowed and both teams were in with a shout of winning all the way through. The game was also memorable for the support we received. Almost 4,500 were there to watch the game and were fully behind us, and occasionally getting stuck into the Aussies. It was definitely the loudest crowd I can remember playing in front of and being cheered back up into the dressing room afterwards was something pretty amazing.

“It left us with 2 games to play against New Zealand and West Indies. We knew 1 win from the 2 games would see us into the semi finals but we were keen to continue the winning habit. The New Zealand game in Derby saw an unbelievable partnership between Nat and Tammy, which put us ahead in the game. It also saw the first outing of the now commonly known ‘nat-meg.’ It’s a shot we’ve seen her play previously in training but she’s now bought it out on the world stage. Check it out if you get a chance. We ended up winning the game quite comfortably and securing our place in the semi finals with a game to spare.

“Our final game was against the dangerous West Indies and we wanted to end the group stages on a high and more importantly stay in Bristol where we had returned for the final game. On a used pitch all the batters chipped in and fought to get us to a very defendable 220. The bowlers then all chipped in to restrict the West Indies to well below our total and secure the semi final we wanted in Bristol.

“So here we are now in the semi finals. We can obviously come into the game with a lot of confidence but we know how dangerous South Africa are. In knock out cricket it comes down to who performs best on the day so it’s set to be a brilliant game.”

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