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Women's win over Australia boosts last-four chances.

Women's win over Australia boosts last-four chances ENGLAND secured a first World Cup win over Australia in 24 years and boosted their hopes of reaching the last four with a three-run victory in Bristol.

Having won the toss and opted to bat, England once again demonstrated bold attacking play, but unfortunately for the hosts it was coupled with an inability to execute by their in-form top order.

England were indebted to Gunn and Brunt, who struck 85 between them, including five fours and three sixes, to push them to 259-8 and to an ultimately match-winning total.

Ellyse Perry struck 70 but England held their nerve to the last ball and restricted Australia to 256-8. Needing 10 from the final two balls, Australia were kept alive by a misfield from Natalie Sciver to concede four, but Jess Jonassen was unable to find the maximum she needed from the last.

Victory takes England above Australia and India to the top of the table on net run-rate with two games to play.

The first of those for the co-hosts comes on Wednesday against fourth-placed New Zealand, who are a point behind Heather Knight's side.

With a final game against a West Indies side who beat Sri Lanka to claim their first win of the competition yesterday, England will be confident of securing a semi-final spot via a top-four finish.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:8AUST
Date:Jul 10, 2017
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