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England Women claimed a seven wicket victory over New Zealand in the first semi-final of the 2012 ICC Women's World T20 at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo today. New Zealand were put into bat by England and restricted to just 93-8 from their 20 overs.
Katherine Brunt set the tone from the first ball allowing just seven runs from her three over spell. The England bowlers continued to dominate New Zealand in an innings that saw left arm spinner Holly Colvin finish with figures of two for 15 and become the leading wicket taker in the competition.
After New Zealand's top order failed to fire the desperation to score showed as both Amy Satterthwaite and Nicola Brown picked out Jenny Gunn and Lydia Greenway on the boundary. England were ruthless through to the last ball with Danielle Wyatt (2-15) first running out Erin Bermingham then claiming the late wicket of Katey Martin.
Despite Laura Marsh going cheaply and Charlotte Edwards (33) chipping to Sophie Devine, who took a fine diving catch, Sarah Taylor and Greenway patiently chased down the target with a 40-run partnership. With the scores level in the 18th over Arran Brindle joined Taylor for the last run to secure England a place in the final.
England will play either Australia or West Indies in the ICC Women's World T20 final on Sunday 7th October at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, at 2.30pm local time. The women finals will take place directly before the men's final and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports and BBC radio.
Charlotte Edwards said: "We're delighted to be through to the final, it was all about getting over the line today.
"It was another good team performance for us and our best with the ball so far. Lydia sets the standard for us in the field and it was a good all-round effort. It turned a lot more here and it was tough, but we pride ourselves on playing spin and we did well to work the ball into the gaps.
"We're looking forward to watching the other semi-final between Australia and West Indies tomorrow to find out who we will face on Sunday."
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