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Aussies ward off England challenge

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Lincon: Australia on Sunday warded off a serious threat from England to eventually beat them by 54 runs in the 2000 women's World Cup being played at New Zealand.Electing to bat first Australia found themselves in deep trouble losing their top three batsmen Clark, Keightley and Rolton for just 35 runs on the board with Taylor wrecking havoc, picking up all three.More disaster was on its way for the champions as Broadbent pulled up with a hamstring injury. Although she made a brave attempt to carry on, the injury eventually told when she was bowled by Connor for 10. At this stage Australia were reduced to 66 for four with their top four batsmen back in the pavilion.However, the champion side that they are Australia lifted themselves out of the mire to drive home the point that they have got depth deep down and they wouldn't throw in the towel that easy. They also drove home the point that it will take something special for the opposition to upstage them.Zoe Goss playing in her first big match upon making a comeback got into the act stringing 64 runs for the fifth wicket with Olivia Magno. Zoe Goss departed on 49 lbw to Reynard but by then she had put the Aussie innings back on the rails at 133 for five in the 42nd over.With Magno following immediately the Southern Stars once again found themselves in a hole at 134 for six. But the Australian tail once again rallied to garner 56 runs in the last eight overs to end at 190 in their complement of 50 overs.Once the runs were on the board it was going to take something special for England to pull of a bunny but the Southern Stars proved to be too professional a outfit to even give England a sniff at victory.As early as the first over the Aussies had England playing the catch-up game. Fitzpatrick clean bowled Edwards with her very second delivery. Fitzpatrick dealt a further blow when she sent back Leng in similar fashion to have England on the back foot at 13 for two.From then on it was always going to be a tough ask and true to their nature the Aussies tightened the screws with every progressive over. Although Taylor and Daniels put up a fight it was not enough to overhaul the Australian target. Taylor made 45 while Daniels mustered 28. Personally Taylor had a good outing picking up three for 30 earlier in the day.Australia, now, are virtually assured of the top slot having seen off all three top opponents. For England it is as good as curtains with only a miracle to hope on for a semi-final slot.

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