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28-Jun-2011 05:15:00 GMT
NatWest Women's T20 Quadrangular Series Final

England Eves Beat Australia to Take T20 Series

Aldershot: The Southern Stars have suffered a 16-run loss to England in the final of the Twenty20 quadrangular series at the Rose Bowl on Monday night.

Having qualified for the final with a win over New Zealand on Sunday, Australia again fell to the hosts, who went through the tournament unbeaten.

Chasing 133 for victory, the Southern Stars slumped to 4-37 and were unable to recover despite a strong partnership between Alex Blackwell (33) and Lisa Sthalekar (43).

England had battled their way to 9-132 from their 20 overs and managed to hold out the Australians after an early blitz with the ball.

Arran Brindle (1-25) had the in-form Leah Poulton (1) caught by Danielle Wyatt after a leading edge in the second over.

The Southern Stars were always behind the required rate and Meg Lanning (13) was the next to fall when she was caught in front by Holly Colvin (2-16) as she attempted a sweep shot.

It was the first of three wickets to fall in consecutive overs with Jess Cameron (17) and Shelley Nitschke (0) were bowled by Laura Marsh (1-20) and Colvin respectively.

Struggling at 4-37 in the ninth over, Blackwell and Sthalekar put on a vital 73-run stand for the fifth wicket.

But it was slow-going with the pair only finding the boundary four times before Blackwell was run out at the end of the 19th over, leaving a near-impossible 23 runs required from six balls.

In their search of quick runs, Australia lost wickets off the last three balls of the innings with Rachael Haynes (3) stumped by Sarah Taylor off the bowling of Danielle Hazell (1-25) and Sthalekar and Clea Smith (0) run out.

Earlier, the Southern Stars put the hosts in to bat and produced a solid display with the ball.

Laura Marsh (11) and Charlotte Edwards (21) fell inside seven overs with Sthalekar (1-20) having the latter caught by Cameron after running out her opening partner.

Nitschke (1-27) bowled Wyatt (6) when she yorked herself and Erin Osborne (2-21) caught Claire Taylor (7) in front to have the hosts 4-62 after 10.2 overs.

Sarah Taylor was cleaned up by Clea Smith (1-28) to have England reeling at 5-76, but Lydia Greenway (48) and Brindle (18) steadied the innings with their 53-run stand.

England lost wickets on the last four balls of the innings with Brindle, Greenway and Hazell (0) run out and Jenny Gunn (0) returning a catch to Osborne.

But the Southern Stars were always playing catch-up with the bat after their slow start.

Brief scores
England 132 for 9 (Greenway 48, Osborne 2-21)
Australia 116 for 8 (Sthalekar 43, Colvin 2-16)
Results England won by 16 runs


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