Eng beat Aus to win 4-nation t20 trophy

Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 11:20 [IST]
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Eng beat Aus to win 4-nation t20 trophy

June 28, 2011: The English women's cricket team beat their Australian counterparts by 16 runs in the finals of the Natwest Women's T20 Quadrangular Series.

Being put into bat, England openers Laura Marsh and Charlotte Edwards got their side off to a decent start, before the former was run out for 11 in the 4th over, leaving England at 17/1. Although the Pommies kept up the run rate, they lost Danielle Wyatt cheaply and Edwards for 21 as the hosts slumped to 43/3 in 7.3 overs.

After middle-order batswoman Claire Taylor and wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor also departed on low-scores to leave England at a precarious 76/5 in 14.2 overs, Lydia Greenway and Arran Brindle struck up a substantial partnership. The gritty duo took the fight to the Aussie attack, adding 54 runs in the space of just 5 overs.

England had thus climbed to 129/6 in 19.3 overs. The tail could just pile on 3 more runs with Greenway getting out after scoring a valiant 48 off 36 balls. England's total at the end of 20 overs was 132/9. Aussie offbreak Erin Osborne was the most impactful bowler returning figures of 2/21 off her four overs.

The Australian reply started on a shaky note with opener Leah Poulton getting caught by Danielle Wyatt off Arran Bringle's bowling. Australia were 7/1, before Meg Lanning and Jess Cameron counter-attacked with a 23-run stand. Three quick wickets followed, placing England on top at 37/4 in 8.2 overs.

But then came a 73-run stand between Alex Blackwell (33) and Lisa Sthalekar (43) to put Australia close a possible win. That's when England struck back with three quick run-outs as Australia finished their innings at 116/8 in 20 overs, 17 runs short of victory. Holly Colvin took 2 wickets for 16 runs off her 4 overs, before Lyida Greenaway was adjudged player of the match for her 48.

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