Australia beat West Indies, semi-final, Beth Mooney catches up


Beth Mooney raised her hand to win the World Cup in Australia’s crushing 157-race World Cup semi-final win over West Indies.

In a reduced rain semi-final, Australia showed why they were the favorites to win the tournament with a commanding first-set score of 3-305 from 45 overs.

Alyssa Healy was the star, scoring 129 from just 107 balls, while Rachel Haynes made 85 from 100. The pair combined for an opening stand of 216.

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The West Indies hunt was always going to be tough, and Mooney, who contributed to Australia’s giant tally with 43 out of 31, made sure the underdogs had no chance to get in, thanks to a howler at the square leg.

Rashada Williams fired a short ball from Megan Schutt, only for Mooney to dive all the way to her right and make a great catch to dismiss the star opener for a duck.

“She’s flying to her right, ripping it in the air and she’s happy with herself,” Lisa Shalekar said in a comment.

“So valuable to this Australian team with the bat and on the pitch.”

It was a moment that also left many people flocking to social media to react.

Australia will face the winner of the clash between South Africa and England on Sunday.

England are seen as the small favourites, but it is expected to be a close encounter.

The South Africans beat England by three wickets in the early stages of the tournament.

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