Women’s Cricket World Cup: Resurgent England thrash Pakistan by nine wickets to edge closer to semi-final spot

Reigning champions England moved a step closer to reaching the Women’s Cricket World Cup semi-finals as they beat Pakistan by nine wickets to record their first comfortable victory of the tournament.

Heather Knight’s side, who lost their three opening matches but are now targeting a fourth straight win and a top-four spot, breezed through the Pakistan batting line-up, bowling them out for just 105 before chasing down the target inside 20 overs.

Despite struggling for form throughout the tournament, the experienced Katherine Brunt looked a different figure against Pakistan, taking a wicket with the first ball of the match on her way to three for 17.

Sophie Ecclestone also claimed three wickets and now sits as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament, as Pakistan failed to find their feet at the crease.

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