BIRMINGHAM (Monitoring Desk): Australia became the first team through to the semi-finals with a comfortable victory over Barbados.
The Caribbean side failed to cope with the leg-spin of Alana King (4/8) as they were bowled out for 64 and Meg Lanning’s side chased that score down with ease.
Barbados’ high-class top-order was made to look second-best against Australia’s bevy of quality bowlers, with Tahlia McGrath (3/13) and Ashleigh Gardner (2/6) providing King with plenty of support.
King had Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell dismissed in consecutive deliveries and could have even completed a Commonwealth Gams hat-trick if Lanning had held on to an easy chance at slip provided by Keila Elliott.
It made little difference to the result, with Australia overcoming the early loss of Beth Mooney (2) to power to victory on the first ball of the ninth over.
Opener Alyssa Healy (23*) and Lanning (36*) finished unbeaten for the victors, but it was the Australia bowlers that dominated the contest for the gold medal favourites.
The victory sees Australia book their place in the semi-finals of the tournament, while Barbados can still qualify if they can defeat India in their final match.