England beat women in the first Twenty20 of
England won by 4 wkts with 10 balls remaining
|Lydia Greenway (39 from
||Holly Colvin (2-21 Econ
England women took a thrilling four wicket victory in the first Twenty20 of
the five match series against Australia women at the Adelaide Oval today.
Australia opted to bat first but England struck early when Laura Marsh
bowled Meg Lanning with her fifth ball of the match.
Left arm spinner Holly Colvin continued to unsettle the Australians with two
wickets. First player of the match Lydia Greenway took an impressive catch
after Shelly Nitschke swatted a full toss towards deep midwicket. Colvin
struck again in the 11th over as she took a stunning one handed caught and
bowled to leave Australia on 63-3.
Lisa Sthalekar attempted to up the run-rate for Australia, playing some
aggressive shots alongside Alex Blackwell, but as the pair pushed for runs
opportunities were there for England and Danielle Wyatt’s quick arm in the
field led to the run out of Blackwell for 35.
Wyatt later stepped up to bowl at the death and claimed the wicket of
Sthalekar in the final over as Australia finished on 140-5.
Charlotte Edwards (16) and Marsh (23) got England off to an aggressive start
until the captain attempted a reverse sweep off Nitschke but was caught at
cover by Lanning.
Marsh and new batsman Wyatt continued to take the fight to the Australia
bowlers as England raced along to 50 for one after six overs.
But England suffered a double setback when Marsh scooped Sthalekar's first
ball straight to mid-on to conclude her run-a-ball innings of 23.
Wyatt then followed in the next over, the ninth, stumped by Alyssa Healy for
16 off Sarah Coyte's medium pace to leave the score 59 for three.
Greenway controlled the innings for England as she hit the boundary on four
occasions and cleared the ropes once on her way to 39 not out.
Susie Rowe followed Greenway’s lead by hitting the second maximum of the
match, but after their valuable partnership of 47 England lost three quick
wickets to be 124-6 in the 17th over.
The loss of wickets did not phase Greenway as she and Danielle Hazell took
England to a four wicket victory with 10 balls to spare.
Greenway said: “Charlotte (Edwards) and Laura (Marsh) got us off to a great
start getting ahead of the run rate and all the girls that came in knew what
they had to do.
“We kept our cool and when the run rate went up and it paid off.
“I’m really happy with my performance and to start the series with a win.
We’ll be looking to take this momentum with us to the MCG on Friday.”
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