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England into World Cup semis

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Getty © Provided by BSkyB Getty England Women booked their place in the ICC Women's World Cup semi-finals as Natalie Sciver's second century of the tournament paved the way for a 75-run victory over New Zealand.

Sciver (129) followed up her maiden ton earlier in the tournament, a 92-ball 137 against Pakistan, by striking a century off 92 balls - making the most of a life on 58 - to propel the hosts to 284-9, the highest score of the tournament so far at Derby.

The Surrey player played an innings full of invention - including a deliberate shot between her legs - as she shared a stand of 170 for the fourth wicket with Tammy Beaumont (93), who fell short of three figures when she looked to strike Amelia Kerr (4-51) over the top.

Suzie Bates of New Zealand leaves the field after losing her wicket to Alex Hartley of England. © Getty Images Suzie Bates of New Zealand leaves the field after losing her wicket to Alex Hartley of England. In reply, New Zealand slipped to 209 off 46.4 overs despite 44 from skipper Suzie Bates at the top of the order as Alex Hartley (3-44) and Jenny Gunn (2-32) led the home attack.

Beaumont and Sciver repaired the damage after England slipped to 52-3 after winning the toss - the hosts bringing back Fran Wilson and Laura Marsh in place of Danni Wyatt and Dani Hazell.

Lauren Winfield (11) was the first to go, caught by Amy Satterthwaite, who marked her 100th ODI with a superb catch at backward point.

Getty © Provided by BSkyB Getty Sarah Taylor got off the mark with a driven boundary but could only double her score before offering Leigh Kasperek a return catch.

A total of 22-2 became 52-3 when Bates trapped her opposing captain Heather Knight for eight but there was no shifting Beaumont or Sciver, who slowly upped the ante with shots all around the wicket.

Beaumont reached her fourth half-century in ODIs off 59 balls but enjoyed a huge slice of luck on 90 when a delivery from Kasperek clipped leg stump without dislodging a bail.

While Sciver was at the crease a total of 300 looked well within reach, the 24-year-old mixing hard-hitting with pure invention to chalk up 11 boundaries.

The innings rather stalled, though, when she holed out to deep midwicket off Kerr - England losing four wickets for just nine runs as New Zealand staged a recovery of their own.

New Zealand suffered an early setback in their chase when Anya Shrubsole bowled Rachel Priest (12) before Bates (44) and Satterthwaite rebuilt with a stand of 75.

It took a clever piece of deception to break the partnership - Alex Hartley drawing Bates down the wicket and Taylor executing a smart stumping and Satterthwaite fell just 10 runs later when she chipped a return catch back to Marsh.

The spinner claimed her second wicket as Sophie Devine miscued looking to hit over the top and when Knight struck with her second ball - Katey Martin dragging on - New Zealand were 133-5.

Knight was denied a second when Katherine Brunt, in her 100th ODI for England, dropped a sitter offered by Erin Bermingham on six but the fast bowler made amends by holding onto another chance at deep square.

Live coverage of the ICC Women's World Cup continues on Sky Sports platforms this Saturday with four matches, including England against West Indies.

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