England and their supporters creating a buzz in the South West

Knight is the leading run scorer so far with 234 Credit: Paul Harding/PA Wire/PA Images

As England's women prepare for their fourth World Cup match, Captain Heather Knight has told ITV News West Country about the excitement of playing in a home tournament and in particular playing matches in Taunton and Bristol.

The 26 year old who plays for Plymstock Cricket Club and is also part of the T20 side Western Storm has led England to two wins from their first three matches of the World Cup tournament, scoring an impressive 234 runs in the process to put her at the top of the leaderboard. Her form is made all the more impressive considering her preparation for the tournament was disrupted by injury.

After losing their opening game against India in Derby, England have put in two strong performances, beating Pakistan in Leicester and more recently Sri Lanka in Taunton. With South Africa up next at the County Ground in Bristol the hosts will hope to put in another solid display as they look to finish in the top four and qualify for the semi-finals.

Another pleased to be playing games in the south west is Anya Shrubsole, the Bath based bowler has formed a formidable opening partnership with Katherine Brunt and the pair will hope to use the home conditions to their advantage in tomorrow's match. Playing in Bristol has also allowed Anya the chance to head home and see her family, offering a break from the pressure of international cricket.

Despite it being a midweek fixture there is expected to be a good crowd at the County Ground, with around 1,500 expected, including several schools. England will be back in action in Bristol again on Sunday against one of the tournament favourites Australia.

England's World Cup Fixtures:

  • July 5th: England v South Africa - Bristol

  • 9th July: England v Australia - Bristol

  • 12th July: England v New Zealand - Derby

  • 15th July: England v West Indies - Bristol

  • 18th July: Semi-Final 1 - Bristol

  • 20th July: Semi-Final 2 - Derby

  • 23rd July: Final - Lords