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England still Number One
July 7

England women retain their World number one status.

England women retained their World number one status in One Day International cricket today as they beat Australia by 34 runs in the final of the NatWest Women’s Quadrangular Series at Wormsley.

England were put into bat by Australia in the series decider and despite losing two early wickets turned the game around by remaining composed with the bat all the way down the order and Katherine Brunt putting in a match winning performance with the ball.

Captain Charlotte Edwards and Claire Taylor set about repairing the early damage until the latter was pinned in front for 31 by off-spinner Lisa Sthalekar.

Claire Taylor made one less than her captain before she was caught at point, a wicket that left England poised at 88 for four in the 27th over.

Lydia Greenway counter-attacked to haul England into a position of authority, mixing sweeps with powerful drives down the ground and launching the only six of the innings over long-off. Greenway put on 82 for the fifth wicket with Sarah Taylor as the tide began to turn.

Greenway eventually departed for 58, lbw to Coyte who finished with 4-39, but Arran Brindle ensured England maintained their momentum with a rapid 27 from just 18 balls as England finished on 231 for eight after 50 overs.

Katherine Brunt got England off to a flying start as she was on a hat trick in the first over removing Lea Polton and Meg Lanning for one run. Brunt then bowled out Shelly Nitschke who was playing her final international, leaving Australia on 33 for three.

Jessica Cameron (75) put in an impressive effort to bolster Australia’s runs alongside Alex Blackwell (34) before she was dismissed by Isa Guha who claimed her one hundredth ODI wicket.

Brunt returned for her second spell and proceeded to add to her wicket haul picking up career best figures of five for 18 putting an end to Cameron’s innings. Arran Brindle then took a fine catch at point to dismiss Sarah Coyte and give Brunt her fifth wicket.

Australia were left on 162 for eight in the dying overs and despite last efforts by Jodie Fields and Erin Osborne, England finished the job with two overs to spare as Fields was run out and Sarah Taylor caught Clea Smith behind. Australia were bowled out for 196.

Charlotte Edwards said: “I’m really proud of the team for their performance today and throughout the series.

“We’ve worked hard and seen contributions throughout the team and once again raised our game in an important final.

“It’s been a great summer series and fantastic to play again the top teams in the world, I’m delighted with what we have achieved and to retain our number one status means everything to me”

Player of the Match Katherine Brunt said: “I’m so pleased I was able to contribute to the teams success today to pick up my best figures is a bonus. It was a great effort by all the girls we all put in the effort and were rewarded with the win.”

In the other game of the NatWest Women’s Quadrangular Series, India beat New Zealand by 33 runs at Aston Rowant Cricket Club today.

Highlights of all England women’s NatWest Women’s Quadrangular Series matches can be viewed on the England and Wales Cricket Board website at www.ecb.co.uk/women

Fiona Maddocks : Media Manager-International Women's Team