England advanced to the Women’s Under-19 World Cup final with a thrilling three-run victory over Australia.
England successfully defended 99 all out in a low-scoring semi-final in Potchefstroom to earn a place in the final against India, who defeated New Zealand earlier.
After dropping early wickets, Australia appeared to be in command at 56-4 before losing their final six wickets for 30 runs.
Hannah Baker shone for England, taking 3-10 from four overs.
England were reduced to 45-7 after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Only Alexa Stonehouse’s tenacious 25 helped them reach 99 before being bowled out in the 20th over.
However, in what turned out to be a low-scoring nail-biter, Australia lost regular wickets and were eventually all out for 96 in 18.4 overs.
England will now face India, who defeated New Zealand by eight wickets in the final on Sunday at the same venue.