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Summary

  1. England win with two balls to spare
  2. SA 218-6: Du Preez 76*, Wolvaardt 66
  3. Wickets for Shrubsole, Sciver, Gunn & Knight
  4. Taylor's superb stumping removes Chetty
  5. England play Australia or India in Lord's final

Live Reporting

By Amy Lofthouse and Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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    Right. Well. That wasn't at all tense, was it?!

    England are through to the World Cup final at Lord's, where they will face either Australia or India. We'll be back for that match on Thursday.

    Cheers for your company. Allow me to leave you with England's winning moment, courtesy of Anya Shrubsole. In a bit!

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    I'm looking forward to Australia-India on Thursday - India have turned Derby into their little fortress.

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    Isa Guha

    Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    I'm torn as to who England would prefer to face on Sunday. I don't think they'll mind - they'll just want to back themselves in front of 28,000 people. They've been so successful at Bristol and had a lot of support from the locals - I think it helped them get over the line against Australia - and they're in a place where they can be successful. Katherine Brunt has won a World T20 final at Lord's, Jenny Gunn has played a lot there.

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    Former England batter Susie Rowe: Wow what a nail biter in the cricket. Can't wait to watch the highlights! So @englandcricket in the World Cup Final on Sun, go boss it girls!

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    Natalie Germanos

    BBC Test Match Special commentator

    A few years back, nine times out of 10, South Africa would never have come back into that game. But now, the coaches are speechless to come that close, as no-one expected to come that close to the final and have it ripped away from them.

    South Africa
  6. 'Relief is the first emotion!'

    More from Anya Shrubsole on TMS: "We've worked very hard on being a bit tougher as a team. Jenny and Fran's partnership was brilliant as it settled things down and we made it over the line. Sunday is going to be a great occasion but we've always been supported well here too."

    "I knew I'd hit the final ball well - thankfully it hit the gap, and I think relief is the first emotion."

    Shrubsole
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    Isa Guha

    Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    The way England have that depth and believe in each other has kept them in good stead. This was perhaps the toughest game when the pressure is on to make it to a sell-out final at Lord's.

  8. 'I thought I'd chance my luck'

    England vice-captain Anya Shrubsole on TMS: "The most important thing is that we're there. It's not how you win, it's getting over the line. Some people might disagree as it's not good for the nerves.

    "Jenny had played an outstanding innings, she was really calm, I thought I'd chance my luck and thankfully it was in the one area I can hit the ball! I hadn't realised Lord's would be a sell-out, but it's a huge thing for this team."

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    Katherine Brunt is giving one of her nieces a cuddle and gets a massive hug from her sister as she heads off to see her family.

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    Dan Norcross

    BBC Test Match Special

    With all due respect to Alex Hartley, there really was nothing to come. England really should have chased down that target, so we should give credit to South Africa for taking the game so deep.

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    The England players are out signing a never ending queue of autographs for some young fans.

    Heather Knight, meanwhile, has jogged over to the crowd to get a hug from her mum, which, as we all know, is the cure for any form of stress!

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    England are very much a unit - they really felt they believed they could do it. South Africa don't have half the resources England have - but what an exciting side they have, led by a brilliant leader.

    I'm now a little bit nervous about England chasing - I want them to win the toss and bat on Sunday.

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    Rupert Loyd: Wow. I didn't think I'd be as into this World Cup as that. What a win. So tense.

    Mike Crew: England men take note of the women, they know how to deal with pressure situations.

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    Isa Guha

    Ex-England seamer on BBC Test Match Special

    What incredible handling of pressure by the lower order. Fran Wilson played beautifully until she got out, but because of her fearless attitude, she got England back into the game. I'm proud of how Jenny Gunn has played in this tournament, she's taken every opportunity she's had with the ball and the bat. An incredible game of cricket.

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    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    England batter Fran Wilson on TMS: "When you're out there it's fine as you know the job in hand - with Katherine Brunt and Jenny Gunn, you know how the other one works. But when you're on the side, it's worse as there's nothing you can do to help.

    "We were ahead of the rate for a long time, it was just resisting the urge to tee off, staying in the game for a long time and hitting the bad ball. We know how each other works as a group - I love the chasing role."

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    Bea Watkinson: Just cheered on a bus. Now got tears in my eyes laughing out loud. Anya Shrubsole what a legend.

    Harry Cunningham: I don't think I have been so excited by the prospect of a women's sport final before. Testament to how far the game has come!

  17. 'We hope we made people proud'

    More from Dane van Niekerk: "We hope we made everyone proud. We needed some magic but we didn't get it today. We had great support and a great run. I don't think a lot of people thought we would and t's a testament to the team we have here."

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent

    Ex-England batter on BBC Test Match Special

    Anya Shrubsole just walked down the wicket and went "smash". What were we worried about?

    Shrubsole
  19. 'I trusted the girls to do their jobs'

    Has the increased coverage - and DRS being used in women's cricket for the first time - meant added pressure on the teams?

    England captain Heather Knight: "Maybe a little bit. The biggest prize is always that final at Lord's, but it's something we've really enjoyed, putting on shows for the crowds. It's great people are coming to see us.

    Were you nervous at the end?

    "Definitely. I'm not the best watcher, but I trusted the girls to do their jobs."

    Knight
  20. Watch: Shrubsole's winning four

    Here's one for England fans - and particularly those from the West Country - to savour.

    Anya Shrubsole, with her side two runs away from a final at Lord's, strides to the middle and tonks her first ball for four to see England over the line. A brilliant moment.