White Ferns and Australia women reach semis

New Zealand and holders Australia both secured ICC Women’s World Twenty20 semi-final berths following victories over South Africa and Ireland respectively.

Having done their bit by beating Ireland, Australia’s place in the last four was sealed when the White Ferns eliminated the Proteas courtesy of a convincing seven-wicket win in Bangalore.

Sophie Devine and Leigh Kasperek both took three wickets to help dismiss South Africa for 99 in the final over.

And New Zealand raced to their victory target in just 14.3 overs following scores of 29, 28 and 27 from Suzie Bates, Rachel Priest and Devine.

ICC Women's World Twenty20 holders Australia women celebrate their dominant win over Ireland

Australia hammered Ireland by seven wickets in Delhi, chasing 92 in just 13.2 overs courtesy of Elyse Villani’s 43 off 35 balls and an unbeaten 29 from Ellyse Perry.

Their bowlers were key to the victory, though, preventing Ireland from scoring off their first 11 balls before restricting them to 91 for seven.

Megan Schutt took 3-29 and Rene Farrell claimed 2-11 while Jess Jonassen and Kristen Beams both conceded only 14 runs from their four-over spells.

England will play Australia in the semi-finals if they top Group B, with the second-placed side taking on New Zealand. 

Source: ECB

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