Taylor stars in England win

  • Last Updated: October 1 2012, 13:31 BST

England's women secured a World Twenty20 semi-final date with New Zealand after a sparkling half-century from Sarah Taylor helped secure a seven-wicket victory over Australia in their Group A clash in Galle.

Sarah Taylor: Half-century

Taylor struck 65 not out from 53 balls, sharing an unbroken 63-run stand with Danielle Wyatt (33no from 17) as England posted 146 for three in response to Australia's 144 for five.

Opener Meg Lanning earlier led the way with 39 for Australia with Lisa Sthalekar adding 38 before both were dismissed by Anya Shrubsole (two for 32).

England, whose progress was already assured, will face New Zealand in the last four on Thursday.