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Australia v England
Jan 12

England beat women in the first Twenty20 of the series.


England won by 4 wkts with 10 balls remaining


Lydia Greenway (39 from 27 balls) Holly Colvin (2-21 Econ 5.25)

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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