England beats SA to reach Women's Cricket World Cup final

BY AP • July 18, 2017

BRISTOL, England (AP) England reached the Women's Cricket World Cup final by beating South Africa with only two balls to spare on Tuesday.

Anya Shrubsole hit the decisive boundary to seal a two-wicket win for England, which required two runs from the last three balls of a dramatic semifinal in Bristol, southwest England.

South Africa earlier won the toss and chose to bat. It scored 218-6 off 50 overs after opener Laura Wolvaardt (66) and the unbeaten Mignon du Preez (76) had given the underdogs hope of a shock victory.

But Sarah Taylor set England on its way with 54 before Jenny Gunn (27 not out) and Shrubsole dragged the hosts over the line to 221-8.

England will now face either Australia or India in the final at Lord's on Sunday.

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