England make history after victory over Australia
in the third Twenty20.
England won by 4 wkts with one ball to spare
Cricket Australia Report
|Isa Guha 3-24
||Laura Marsh 45
England women won the third Twenty20 of the series by
four wickets at the Manuka Oval in Canberra today - a result which gives
them an unassailable 3-0 lead.
The team made history as this is the first time England women have won a
limited over series in Australia.
Australia made a good start with the bat after winning the toss with openers
Meg Lanning and Shelley Nitschke putting on a half-century stand. Danielle
Hazell (1-20) broke the partnership in the sixth over when Lydia Greenway
caught Lanning at deep midwicket.
Isa Guha (3-24) returned to demolish any stability in the Australian innings
by breaking the partnership of Leah Polton and Alex Blackwell, taking both
wickets in the 17th over. Guha followed up two overs later as Charlotte
Edwards caught Jess Cameron at extra cover.
In the final over Holly Colvin ran out Lisa Sthalekar as Australia finished
on 145-6 after 20 overs.
Edwards (36) and Laura Marsh (45) set about the run chase with the same
purpose shown in the first two matches. Their attacking partnership of 71
off 61 balls got England off to a perfect start.
Edwards hit the boundary on five occasions before she was caught by Sarah
Coyte in the 11th over.
Player of the match Marsh later fell to Sarah Coyte as she was caught at
deep midwicket by Jess Cameron in the 14th over.
As she did at Adelaide and the MCG, Greenway (23) set about upping the rate
with Susie Rowe who hit a quickfire 10 before going exactly the same way as
Marsh two overs earlier, leaving England on 114-4.
Jenny Gunn joined Greenway as England began to get tied down by the
Australian bowlers and needed 32 off the last 24 balls. The pair ran well
between the wickets until Greenway chipped to Alex Blackwell at midwicket,
leaving Gunn and Heather Knight needing three runs off the last five balls.
Knight was run out the very next ball but Gunn stayed calm and with Hazell
took a run off the next three deliveries to claim victory.
Laura Marsh said: “The bowlers did a great job of tying them down with this
fast outfield and good track. I was pleased to get off to a good start with
Charlotte (Edwards) and all the girls followed on from that.
“It was a close finish but Lydia (Greenway) performed with the bat again to
get the run rate up and it was great to see Jenny (Gunn) take us over the
Charlotte Edwards said: “I’m absolutely over the moon to win today and to
win our first limited over series in Australia is very special.
“We upped our game on a very good pitch and again batted exceptionally well.
“I’m very proud of the whole squad. Everyone has contributed throughout the
last three games and thoroughly deserve this series victory.”
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