Thatscricket - Women's - News - Aussies clinch first Ashes Test with 5 wickets to spare
Published: Monday, February 17, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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[an error occurred while processing this directive] After being 87 for 8 overnight, Cathryn Fitzpatrick and Emma Twining picked up the remaining wickets quickly.Fitzpatrick finished with 4 for 28 off 20 overs to have match figures of 8 for 60. Twining took 1 for 14. When Belinda Clark reached 43 on Monday, she became Australia's leading run scorer in Tests, passing the great all-rounder Betty Wilson (862 runs). Australia made hard work of its chase as it reached its target of 139 for the loss of 5 wickets. Lisa Sthalekar fell for a duck with the score on 22 before Clark and Karen Rolton put on 78. A mini collapse then ensued with Rolton falling for 46 (off 80, 8 4s), Clark for 47 (off 117, 6 4s), Melanie Jones for 4 (off 14) and Michelle Goszko for 4 (35 balls) to leave Australia 111for 5. Julie Hayes and Alex Blackwell saw the side home with a partnership of 28 in 20.1 overs. With this victory, Australia retains the Ashes but it will be interesting to see how the second and final Test plays out at Bankstown, starting Saturday.England can be heartened by how close it came but Australia will be more than a little disappointed with its batting performance.Courtesy: Bronwyn Calver.
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