England looks to top standings with West Indies win

The West Indies cannot qualify for the semi-finals but will look to finish the tournament on a high with a third consecutive win
England women celebrating
  • England bowler Laura Marsh: “To keep winning is really important because we want to make winning a habit.”
  • West Indies all-rounder Deandra Dottin: “It’s always a big part of our motivation to upset teams.”
  • The match can be watched live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports Mix in the UK; on ESPN 2 Caribbean and Espnplay.com in the West Indies
  • The pre-match audios, photographs from the England v West Indies match and post-match video interviews to be available at the Online Media Zone

Laura Marsh wants England to ensure it finishes top of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 league standings with a win over the West Indies in Bristol on Saturday.

England has won every game since its defeat by India in the tournament opener, including the scalp of reigning world champion Australia for the first time in a World Cup since 1993.

The side to top the eight-team league will play the fourth-placed side in the first semifinal in Bristol on 18 July while the sides finishing second and third will feature in the second semi-final in Derby on 20 July.

The host, already safely through to the semi-finals, leads the group on net run-rate heading into the final set of group fixtures but Marsh wants it to hold onto the momentum.

“With a long tournament, it’s about being able to back up your performances and keep on putting in the hard yards each game,” she said.

“It’s important that we’re still fresh for the later games in the tournament. Being able to top the group and have a semi-final in Bristol is a real incentive to win the final game.

“To keep winning is really important because we want to make winning a habit but if we can beat the West Indies at Bristol then we can finish top and stay there for the semi-final.

“We’ve had five hundreds scored in this tournament and to be able to bat for that period of time and go on to extend those scores is a dividend of doing all the fitness work.

The West Indies, meanwhile, cannot qualify for the semi-finals but will look to finish the tournament on a high with a third consecutive win.

Deandra Dottin smashed 38 from 25 in the West Indies win over Sri Lanka before an incredible 104 from 76 balls led her side to victory against Pakistan – her maiden ODI century.

And the 26-year-old is confident the squad is as close as ever after a mixed tournament in England.

“Our huddle is about staying united, our motto is moving forward – we have bands with that message on and we want to keep doing that right through,” she said.

“It’s always a big part of our motivation to upset teams, hopefully we can continue the way we’ve been batting and do enough with the bat to be able to win the game against England.

“There isn’t a feeling of freedom, but we go there and play the cricket we can. I’m feeling confident now and we’re looking forward to the game.

“I’m batting very well in general, I played well against Sri Lanka before my one bad shot and then obviously got the century against Pakistan, I set the standards for myself and want to carry that on.”

In the United Kingdom, the match can be watched live on Sky Sports and Sky Sports Mix, while it will be live on ESPN 2 Caribbean and Espnplay.com in the West Indies. For further information, contact your local listings.

Squads:

England: Heather Knight (captain), Tamsin Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Jenny Gunn, Alex Hartley, Danielle Hazell, Beth Langston, Laura Marsh, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield and Danielle Wyatt.

West Indies: Stafanie Taylor (captain), Merissa Aguilleira, Reniece Boyce, Shamilia Connell, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Afy Fletcher, Qiana Joseph, Kyshona Knight, Hayley Matthews, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Akeira Peters, Shakera Selman, Felicia Walters, Kycia Knight and Subrina Munroe.

Umpires: Anil Chaudhary and Paul Wilson; TV umpire: S. Saikat.

Match referee: Steve Bernard.

Points Table

TEAM

PLAYED

WON

LOST

NR

POINTS

NRR

England

6

5

1

0

10

      1.21

Australia

6

5

1

0

10

0.97

 South Africa

6

4

1

1

9

1.72

 India

6

4

2

0

8

0.15

New Zealand

6

3

2

1

7

1.38

West Indies

6

2

4

0

4

-1.50

Sri Lanka

6

0

6

0

0

-1.37

Pakistan

6

0

6

0

0

-2.27

 

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