Louth cricketer Arran Brindle on course for ICC Women's World Twenty20 glory
LOUTH cricketer Arran Brindle remains on course for ICC Women's World Twenty20 glory.
The 30-year-old and her England team-mates stormed to a seven-wicket victory over holders Australia yesterday.
And that display sets up a semi-final clash with New Zealand in Galle on Thursday.
Australia set England a target of 145, with opener Meg Lanning scoring 39 runs from 31 balls.
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In reply, Sarah Taylor top-scored with 65 and Brindle weighed in with a valuable 15 runs off 13 balls.
After Brindle's departure – caught behind by wicket-keeper Jodie Fields off the bowling of Ellyse Perry – Taylor's 63-run fourth-wicket stand with Danielle Wyatt saw England home with almost two overs to spare.
"I didn't have the best start but it was one of those wickets where if you stayed in the runs came," said player of the match Taylor.
"In the first 10 overs we were slow and behind the run-rate, but Danni (Wyatt) came in and was phenomenal from ball one. She got the momentum back for us.
"Any game against Australia you take seriously, so it was nice to win. It was good for us to put a marker down in case we play them later in the tournament."
Australia – who are also into the final-four despite their defeat – play West Indies in the other semi-final on Friday, with the final to be played in Colombo on Sunday before the men's final.