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Anya Shrubsole hat-trick inspires England to victory over South Africa

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England have qualified for the semi-finals of the World Twenty20, as Anya Shrubsole inspired them to an impressive seven-wicket win over South Africa on Friday night. 

Shrubsole's hat-trick - only the second ever in English T20 history - secured their place in the semi-finals, as West Indies triumphed over Sri Lanka in the group's other game. 

Despite her incredible achievement, the Somerset medium-pacer got things off to a shaky start, using her team's one challenge under the Decision Review System to appeal a call on Lizelle Lee, after an inswinger caught the batter on the pads. 

Upon review, however, the original verdict was upheld, after it was clear that the ball had missed by some distance, with Shrubsole herself admitting afterwards 'It ended up being a terrible review, but DRS is new to everyone, and we are getting used to it'.

Shrubsole quickly managed to shrug off the incident, however, ending the day in devastating fashion, pickign up three wickets from as many deliveries  and allowing South Africa to score just 11 runs off her 3.3 overs.

England had previously managed to take two in the ninth over, including South Africa's captain Dane van Niekerk who was run out after a deflection on to the stumps from Nottinghamshire bowler Kirstie Gordon - who added an impressive 2-18 return to her 3-16 debut figures against Bangladesh earlier in the week. 

In pursuit, England managed to race to 50 from 43 balls, whilst Danni Wyatt later passed 1,000 T20 international runs, before being bowled out by captain Van Niekerk.

England's own captain for the day, however, Heather Knight, and Amy Jones managed to see out the day, finishing on an unbroken 27 to secure victory for England, and set them on the path to the semi-finals. 

Speaking on their performance, and their chances of making the final, Shrubsole was keen to keep both herself and the team grounded, and assured fans that nothing was being taken for granted. 

"Momentum is a huge thing in Twenty20 cricket" she told The Independent.

"It's nice to have one foot in the semi-finals, but we have to come out here and put in a really good performance against West Indies on Sunday, and then we'll start to look to Antigua".

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