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Proteas Women crash out of World T20

The England Ladies outclassed the Proteas Women in the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20.

The Proteas Women's team went down to England Ladies on Friday. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - The Proteas Women have been eliminated from the ICC World Twenty20 after being comprehensively beaten by England Ladies.

After being sent in to bat by England, the Proteas top order failed spectacularly, with the top four batters scoring just 16 runs between them.

Skipper Mignon du Preez came in at number five and steadied the ship somewhat with a brave 23 from 32 balls. She was backed up by brilliant hitting from Chloe Troyer, who smashed 40 from just 31 balls to give the Proteas bowlers a relatively defendable score of 101 all out.

Needing less than a run a ball for victory, the England Ladies openers Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards started slowly but hit their stride as the innings developed. The pair set England on their way to a dominant victory, bringing up the 50 for England in the eighth over.

A fantastic caught and bowled from Sune Luus removed Edwards for a well played 36, but it proved too little too late, as Taylor (44) and Heather Knight (21) comfortably saw the England Ladies into the final with 19 balls to spare.

The record books will record a 9-wicket England victory, but that fails to tell the entire story. It could have been so different for the Proteas, who effectively shot themselves in the foot with five run outs in their innings. The resilience and fight that the predominantly amateur Proteas ladies showed against their professional English counterparts augurs well for the future of the women's game in South Africa.

The England Women advance to Saturday's final, where they will take on Australia. The Proteas Women will no doubt be disappointed not to have gone all the way, but can be proud of their achievements in Bangladesh.

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