Arran Brindle's England into T20 final
ARRAN Brindle's England will go for glory in Sunday's ICC Women's World Twenty20 final in Sri Lanka.
The Louth CC star was out in the middle yesterday as team-mate Sarah Taylor hit the winning runs against New Zealand.
And that seven-wicket semi-final victory at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo books England's spot in the final – at the same venue – against Australia or the West Indies.
Thanks to a fine bowling display – and slow, low pitch – England were left chasing a total of just 94 to reach the weekend's showpiece occasion.
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And Brindle (pictured), who teaches at Louth's Greenwich House Independent School, was unbeaten on nought as the Lions eased home with almost three overs to spare.
England captain Charlotte Edwards, who top-scored for her side with 33, admitted it wasn't an ideal way to showcase women's cricket, but was not complaining after reaching a second world T20 final.
''We were more worried just about the result today – we're happy to get over the line," she said.
''It probably wasn't the greatest spectacle for women's cricket.
"The slower you bowled, the harder it was to hit.
''But what we've come here to do is to be in another World Cup final.
''We're not bothered at all who we play. We can't control the other game – we're just happy to be in the World Cup final."
After opener Suzie Bates was run out for nought in the first over, spinners Holly Colvin and Dani Wyatt each took two for 15 to help restrict the Kiwis to 93 for eight.
Amy Satterthwaite top-scored with 30, but England could be confident they had sufficiently restricted their opponents, and so it proved.
Edwards put on 32 for the first wicket with Laura Marsh, before the latter fell to a tumbling catch at mid-off by Morna Neilsen off Sian Ruck.
Edwards herself was to go to another good catch by Sophie Devine at point, when leg-spinner Erin Bermingham found some extra turn and the skipper lost control of a cut shot.
Taylor had one moment of significant fortune, stumped on 18 only to be reprieved by a back-foot no-ball call against New Zealand off-spinner Frances Mackay.
She and Lydia Greenway put on a partnership of 40 to take the scores level before the left-hander reverse-swept to point.
That left Lincolnshire ECB Premier player Brindle to walk out to the crease and watch from the non-striker's end as Taylor finished the job.