England vs. Australia Women's Cricket: Scorecard, Reaction as Hosts Regain Ashes

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England vs. Australia Women's Cricket: Scorecard, Reaction as Hosts Regain Ashes
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England regained the women's Ashes with a game of the series to spare, beating Australia by five wickets at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

The women have been playing a new format of the Ashes, with points accrued across all three formats of the game.

Thanks to Lydia Greenway's exceptional innings of 80 from 64 balls, they now lead the series by four points with one match still to play, which is worth just two.

Match Result Points Won Series Score
Test England Australia England Australia
Aug 11-14 Draw 2 2 2 2
ODIS
Aug 20 Australia won by 27 runs 0 2 2 4
Aug 23 England won by 51 runs 2 0 4 4
Aug 25 England won by 5 wickets 2 0 6 4
T20s
Aug 27 England won by 15 runs 2 0 8 4
Aug 29 England won by 5 wickets 2 0 10 4
Aug 31 Durham

ECB

Australia, who won back the Ashes in 2010/11, will next have a chance to win it back when the two sides meet in early 2014 in the southern hemisphere. It was recently announced that the points format will be retained.

Here's the story of how the game unfolded:

 

Australia innings 

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Australia let a good start get away as they settled for 127-7 from their 20 overs.

Winning the toss and batting first, opener Meg Lanning made a great start by hitting 60 from 53 balls, while Alex Blackwell (25) chipped in with a smart cameo.

Elsewhere, there was little support, with only Ellyse Perry (11) managing double figures. 

England orchestrated three run outs, as Australia collapsed in the last two overs, while Danni Hazell was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-0-11-2.

 

England innings

England looked like they were heading for a swift and brutal defeat as Australia left the hosts reeling at 9-3.

However, Lydia Greenway played an outstanding innings from there, scoring 80 in just 64 balls to get England home.

She was composed and inventive, with the reverse sweep and deft glances the hallmark of her 11 boundaries.

Captain Charlotte Edwards supported her with 24 from 28 balls, but this was a virtuoso performance in a tricky situation, and more than deserving of winning an Ashes.

 

Here is the scorecard, as given by the BBC:

Australia Women Innings 127 for 7 (20.0 overs)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Lanning run out (Colvin)   60 53 53 6 1
Healy c Brindle b Brunt 9 16 14 2 0
Cameron run out (Gunn)   7 14 10 0 0
Blackwell c Brindle b Gunn 25 34 26 1 0
Perry c Greenway b Hazell 11 15 10 0 0
Fields run out (Greenway)   2 5 3 0 0
Haynes not out   3 4 2 0 0
Osborne lbw b Hazell 0 0 1 0 0
Coyte not out   1 2 1 0 0
Extras 0nb 4w 4b 1lb 9  
Total for 7 127 (20.0 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Brunt 4.0 0 15 1
Wyatt 3.0 0 25 0
Hazell 4.0 1 11 2
Colvin 4.0 0 26 0
Gunn 4.0 0 33 1
Sciver 1.0 0 12 0
Fall of Wicket  
19 Healy
38 Cameron
95 Lanning
119 Blackwell
122 Perry
123 Fields
123 Osborne
 

England Women Innings 128 for 5 (19.0 overs)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Edwards c Cameron b Ferling 24 52 28 2 0
Knight   b Hunter 2 4 4 0 0
Taylor c and b Coyte   1 2 5 0 0
Wyatt   b Coyte 0   2 0 0
Greenway not out   80 71 64 11 0
Sciver run out (Haynes)   13 24 12 1 0
Brindle not out   0 6 0 0 0
Extras 1nb 1w 2b 4lb 8  
Total for 5 128 (19.0 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Coyte 4.0 0 29 2
Hunter 4.0 0 23 1
Osborne 4.0 0 26 0
Perry 3.0 0 21 0
Ferling 4.0 0 23 1
Fall of Wicket  
8 Knight
9 Taylor
9 Wyatt
76 Edwards
116 Sciver

 

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