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NZ Vow To Maintain Intensity

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NZ Vow To Maintain Intensity

Auckland, June 15 NZPA - An unbeaten New Zealand has vowed to maintain their intensity at the women's World Twenty20 cricket tournament against winless South Africa in their final group match.

While the men's semifinal prospects were damaged by a heavy loss to Pakistan last weekend, elsewhere in England their female counterparts were practically assured of making the top four after crushing victories over Australia and the West Indies.

New Zealand complete their pool play against South Africa at Taunton early tomorrow (NZT), with coach Gary Stead vowing there would be no drop in intensity.

"We're pretty much sure of reaching the semis now, but it's still a very important game. Winning keeps up the momentum and it will also mean an easier route to the final," he said.

If New Zealand top their group they will face the runner-up in group B -- probably India or Sri Lanka.

Should that scenario unfold New Zealand will initially avoid England, their conquerors in the World Cup final in March.

New Zealand have looked impressive in their two opening wins, particularly in the nine-wicket thrashing of the highly fancied Australians.

Stead said he was considering some changes against South Africa though they would be kept to a minimum.

"There will be nothing silly. You still have to win the game," he said.

Katey Martin, who is yet to bat, may be promoted while Stead said the `death' bowling also needed attention.

New Zealand tops group A ahead of West Indies and South Africa though fourth-placed Australia , who beat the West Indies today, are still favoured to make the semifinals. They play South Africa in the final group match on Wednesday.

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