England take another thrilling victory over
England won by 5 wkts
|Lydia Greenway (30 from
England women gave another thrilling performance to win the second Twenty20
of the series against Australia women at the MCG today.
After a delayed start due to heavy rain, a reduced 16 over game got
underway. Charlotte Edwards won the toss and elected to bowl on the slow
Some tight bowling from English spinners Danielle Hazell and Holly Colvin
held Australia to 99 for three from their allotted overs.
After a couple of missed opportunities in the field, Jenny Gunn held a catch
to dismiss Meg Lanning for 10.
Holly Colvin then dismissed Shelley Nitschke who holed out to Heather Knight
before Gunn picked up the third wicket with the superb caught and bowled of
Leah Polton in the 13th over.
England lost an early wicket in reply when Laura Marsh fell to a diving
catch in the covers by Alex Blackwell off Rene Farrell's bowling.
Danielle Wyatt (18) then joined Edwards to strike consecutive boundaries off
Ellyse Perry, as England cruised to 30 for one after four overs.
The pair added nine more runs before a double strike left England reeling.
First Wyatt was bowled by Lisa Sthalekar before Edwards perished to the same
bowler, who needed to dive to scoop up a leading edge.
England's success again fell on the shoulders of the in-form Lydia Greenway
(30 not out). After losing Susie Rowe, Greenway and Gunn (19) played
valiantly as the run-rate began to escalate to eight an over.
But keeping a calm head, the pair gleaned 11 runs from Rachael Haynes'
solitary over to make it 13 needed from two overs.
Gunn then leg-glanced Farrell's first ball of the penultimate over for three
and further frantic running left England requiring three runs from the last
Gunn fell with one needed, which left Knight to see England to a five wicket
win with two balls to spare. England now lead the five match series 2-0.
Player of the match Greenway said: “I just tried to keep calm and
concentrate on what we had to do. It’s great to be in form and playing well
and fantastic to win at such an impressive ground.
“We missed a few in the field today. All the girls have the skill, I think
it must just have been nerves.
“It’s a massive statement to come out and back up Wednesday’s performance so
we’ll be looking to carry this momentum forwards to Canberra.”
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