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England and their supporters creating a buzz in the South West

Knight is the leading run scorer so far with 234 Photo: 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.

I'm a West Country girl, so being down in Taunton and Bristol has been really exciting for me and the crowd at Taunton the other day were outstanding. We don't get many loads of big events down in the West Country so we love it when we do get some big events. The support's been really good and hopefully we can use that to get them behind us and you do really get a buzz as a player knowing when you do well you've got the crowd on your side.

– Heather Knight, Captain

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.

I'm pleased with the progress, but South Africa will give us a completely different proposition to the other teams.

– Mark Robinson, Head Coach, England

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.

Anya Shrubsole will open the bowling for England Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/PA Images

I was able to get home yesterday (Monday) evening and see the family which is really nice to get away for a little bit. It is a long tournament and obviously quite a lot of pressure so to be in a place where I can go home for the afternoon was really nice and also nice that it's close by for family and friends to come and watch.

– Anya Shrubsole, England

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