England bounced back from defeat against the Proteas Women to beat the New Zealand Women by 54 runs.
Superb Sophie Ecclestone took 4-18 to crush the New Zealand batters and send the England Women’s team top of the table. The result leaves the Proteas Women and the White Ferns level on points with a place in the final still in the balance and just two matches left to play.
New Zealand has the benefit of the double-header this Thursday, which puts them in the pound seat. The Proteas must win their last match in order to have a chance to make the final … and if they beat New Zealand it will ensure they can’t finish bottom of the log on points.
If New Zealand wins against England but loses against the Proteas then all three teams will be level-pegging on four points and the final pairing will be decided by net run rate. That scenario is almost certain to eliminate South Africa, since both of their opponents scored world record scores against them in the first double-header of the series, with the Proteas losing both matches.
However, if New Zealand loses both matches in next Thursday’s double-header then England and South Africa will head to the final.