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England's women sign off with win

ICC Women's World Twenty20, St Kitts:
England 141-6 (20 ovs) beat South Africa 85 (17 overs) by 56 runs

Match scorecard

Laura Marsh batting against South Africa
Laura Marsh injected some momentum into England's innings

England ended their defence of the Women's World Twenty20 title on a winning note as they defeated South Africa by 56 runs in St Kitts.

With a place in the semi-finals already out of reach after two defeats, they made 141-6 after opting to bat first.

Lydia Greenway hit an unbeaten 34 off 22 balls and Laura Marsh made 33 as the middle order finally came good.

South Africa then crumbled to 85 all out with teenage off-spinner Danielle Wyatt taking 4-11 and Nicky Shaw 3-17.

"Whilst we are pleased with today's performance, it came too late for us - we are bitterly disappointed to be out of the tournament," admitted England captain Charlotte Edwards.

"A positive was the opportunity for young players like Danielle to perform successfully on the world stage.

"We will now be focusing on the summer ahead, where we will play New Zealand in three Twenty20 matches and a one-day international series in England."

England had lost their opening match to Australia on a tie-breaker, as the scores finished level after 20 overs and the super-over - with the Aussies awarded the win after having hit the solitary six of the game.

This time, Marsh and Greenway both cleared the ropes as they added 44 for the fourth wicket before Marsh was stumped - while Jenny Gunn hit four fours in a breezy 21 from 12 balls on her 24th birthday.

Wyatt was named as the player of the match for her four-wicket haul, while Shaw picked up three catches - including one off her own bowling and one a diving effort at short fine leg.

The later match pitted Australia against West Indies - with both teams already assured of a place in the semi-finals.

West Indies won the toss, but it was Australia who kept up their 100% record in the tournament after making 133-7 from their 20 overs.

Shelley Nitschke hit four fours in a rapid 19 at the top of the order, captain Alex Blackwell top scored with 28 from 26 balls and Lisa Sthalekar helped them finish well with an unbeaten 23 - while Shanel Daley and Anisa Mohammed both picked up three wickets.

In reply, teenage opener Stafanie Taylor smashed two sixes as she batted through the innings for 58 not out from 54 balls, but she lacked support as only two other players made double figures.

Deandra Dottin - who became the fastest male or female World Twenty20 centurion in the opening game of the tournament - collected her second successive golden duck as the Aussies won by nine runs.

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see also
'Poor batting' cost English women
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England women bow out after loss
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Aussies beat England in thriller
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Taylor-made for success
03 May 10 |  Women's cricket
England's women defeat Sri Lanka
03 May 10 |  Women's cricket
England women win first warm-up
02 May 10 |  Women's cricket
Women's World Twenty20 2010
17 May 10 |  Women's cricket

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