Australian women qualify for semi-finals
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 16th June 2009
The Australian women sealed a place in the semi-finals with a fluent 24-run win over South Africa, who left the tournament without any points.
Deciding to bat after winning the toss, Australia compiled a fine 164/6 with contributions coming in from Karen Rolton (43 off 33 balls, five fours, one six) and an attacking 40 off 22 balls from Alex Blackwell, with six boundaries and a six.
Lauren Esbary scored 23 runs and opener Leah Poulton added 22.
For South Africa, medium-pacer Shabnin Ismail was again the pick of the bowlers, with figures of 3/27 off four overs.
In reply, South Africa only managed 140/7 off 20 overs, despite a promising 73-run opening partnership between Shandre Fritz (39, 23 balls, six fours, one six) and Trisha Chetty (36, 25 balls, six fours).
Thereafter, things fell away and Shelley Nitschke ran through the middle-order to end with figures of 4/21 off four overs. Poulton chipped in with two wickets.