7 Jul 2017

White Ferns semi-final hopes kept alive

7:30 am on 7 July 2017

The White Ferns have cruised to an eight wicket win over the West Indies at the Women's cricket world cup in England.

New Zealand's Amelia Kerr celebrates with team mates

New Zealand's Amelia Kerr celebrates with team mates Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The West Indies put 151 on the board at Taunton, White Ferns batter Rachel Priest answered with 90 off just 55 balls - together Priest and skipper Suzie Bates put on 120 for the opening wicket.

New Zealand only needed 18 overs to win the match which secures then in the top four after four games and on course for the semi finals.

Suzie Bates said the team didn't plan a fast paced chase.

"Priest was hitting it out of the park and that's how she plays so we let her do that, having a small total let us do that.

"We started outstanding with the ball, we have some really experienced players and they put their hands up today and set the game's tone for us."

It's the fourth straight loss for the West Indies whose semi final hopes are dwindling fast.

Captain Stafanie Taylor said the openers set up a platform but the middle order could not capitalise.

"We haven't really been playing much 50-over cricket, a couple of New Zealand girls managed to get acclimatised.

"It's all about mindset, we play Sri Lanka next and we have to look to play some positive cricket - we just have to play for some pride."