Colombo, Oct 4: England defeated New Zealand by seven wickets to enter the final of ICC Women's World Twenty20 2012 here at R Premadasa Stadium on Thursday.
England, chasing a target of 94 in 20 overs, won in 17.2 overs, losing three wickets. Captain Charlotte Edwards was the top scorer with 33 runs.
The second semi-final will be played between Australia and West Indies on Friday.
After being sent to bat first, New Zealand were restricted to 93/8 in 20 overs. Danielle Wyatt picked up two wickets. Holly Colvin too had two scalps. Amy Satterthwaite made 30, the highest for New Zealand.
England captain Edwards said: "We're delighted to be through to the final, it was all about getting over the line today.
"It was another good team performance for us and our best with the ball so far. Lydia sets the standard for us in the field and it was a good all-round effort. It turned a lot more here and it was tough, but we pride ourselves on playing spin and we did well to work the ball into the gaps."
Edwards was pleased with her team's performance on the slow wicket: "It's a wicket we feel comfortable on. We're good players of spin, we pride ourselves on that. Having four spinners in the side, including some that are all-rounders, is a real benefit for us. We won't be disappointed if we see something like that for the final."
"It was unfortunate the way I went out at the start and there was dot-ball pressure," said New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates. "We just took too long to get going. I thought we batted really well in the middle but it was such a slow start that it was always hard to catch up."
Bates was philosophical: "We've had a pretty good run leading up to this tournament. I think we have a really strong Twenty20 side. We probably need to play in these conditions more often - it's a lot different to home - and we know we have an ICC Women's World Cup in India early next year and we have to learn how to sweep. It's not always suited to our game to hit down the ground. We need to play more in these conditions and practice hitting square."
New Zealand women 93/8 in 20 overs (Amy Satterthwaite 30, Danielle Wyatt 2/15, Holly Colvin 2/15) lost to England women 94/3 in 17.2 overs (Charlotte Edwards 33, Lydia Greenway 22, Sarah Taylor 21, Sian Ruck 2/22)