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England reaches Women's World Cup Semis

w_eng1.jpgThe world's best batswoman Claire Taylor produced a match-winning master class as England hammered Sri Lanka at Â Taunton on Sunday to book a place in the semi-finals of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2009.

She made 75 not out during the World Cup holder's innings of 140-7 before Sri Lanka, hemmed in by a tigerish England fielding display, limped to 69-8 and a 71-run defeat.

The tournament host, with two wins out of two, will top Group B if it beats Pakistan on Tuesday, with a clash against Australia looming in the next round. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, will battle it out with India for the other semi-final slot when the Asian rivals meet on Monday.

England, opting to bat against Sri Lanka in front of a hugely enthusiastic crowd


Olympian Bates leads New Zealand to Women's World Cup Semis

w_nz.jpgOlympic athlete Suzie Bates bludgeoned West Indies into submission as New Zealand powered towards the semi-finals in the ICC Women's Twenty20 2009 tournament on Saturday.

Bates, who went to the Beijing Games with New Zealand's basketball squad, hammered 60 off 39 balls, including 11 fours out of a total of 158-6 at Taunton before the White Ferns cruised home by 52 runs. Fellow opener Lucy Doolan hit 41 and later took 3-16 with her off spin.

New Zealand, though, which crushed highly fancied Australia by nine wickets in its Group A opener, lost its rhyt


Pakistan demolish New Zealand in World Cup

umar_gul.jpgPakistan completely annihilated the New Zealand batting line-up bowling the Kiwis out for just 99 runs in the 19th over thanks predominantly to a magical spell of 5 wickets for 6 runs from Man of the match Umar Gul. They then chased down the target in a ball over 13 overs to record a thumping victory.

This result means that Pakistan are now favourites alongside Sri Lanka to qualify from Group F, and it would need a run of unlikely results in other matches and possibly a poor outing against minnows Ireland to prevent them from reaching the Final 4.

Proceedings started brightly for the Black Caps as skipp


South Africa beat Windies, almost through to Semis

kallis_1.jpgFavourites South Africa all but secured their place in the semi-finals of the ICC T20 World Cup with a comprehensive 20 run victory over the West Indies in an entertaining encounter between the two sides at the Oval in London on Saturday.

The top 3 batsmen in the South African line-up all fired, contributing 131 between them, before an outstanding bowling performance from find-of-the-series Wayne Parnell (4-13) took the Proteas home despite an excellent knock of 77 from 50 balls from West Indian youngster Le


Sri Lanka beat Pakistan in T20 World Cup

playing_a_dilshan.jpgSri Lanka got off to a flyer in their match against Pakistan racing to 80 for no loss from the first 8 overs, before a crucial spell of 2-23 from Shahid Afridi, well supported by Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul helped Pakistan completely throttle the Sri Lankan innings, restricting them to 150/7. However 150 proved to be 19 too many as an excellent partnership between Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq brought Pakistan close, but some great bowling from Read more...

West Indies derail India in the Super Eights

ind_wi.jpgThe hallowed greens of Lord's hosted the much anticipated Super Eights clash between the defending champions India and the mercurial West Indies.

India won the toss and elected to bat first and duly started proceedings on a strong note as Gambhir flicked the second ball of the innings for a four. However, a quick Fidel Edwards bouncer got Rohit Sharma out in the second over itself. The West Indies game plan was fairly obvious - after the mauling their bowlers received at the ha


England crush India in Women's T20 World Cup

w_ind_eng.jpgStudent Holly Colvin came away with top marks as England easily accounted for title rival India by 10 wickets on the opening day of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 2009 tournament in Taunton on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Colvin, bowling slow left arm, took 3-20 as the World Cup holders restricted India to 112-8 before captain Charlotte Edwards (61 off 53 balls) and fellow opener Sarah Taylor (50 off 41) cruised home with 26 balls to spare in Group B. Edwards' innings capped a p


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