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

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterAugust 29, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29:  England players congratulate Danielle Hazell as she took the wicket of Erin Osborne of Australia during the 2nd NatWest T20 match between England Women and Australia Women at Ageas Bowl on August 29, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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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.

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 

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)

   RunsMinutesBalls4s6s
Lanningrun out (Colvin) 60535361
Healyc Brindleb Brunt9161420
Cameronrun out (Gunn) 7141000
Blackwellc Brindleb Gunn25342610
Perryc Greenwayb Hazell11151000
Fieldsrun out (Greenway) 25300
Haynesnot out 34200
Osbornelbwb Hazell00100
Coytenot out 12100
Extras0nb 4w 4b 1lb9 
Totalfor 7127(20.0 ovs)
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
Brunt4.00151
Wyatt3.00250
Hazell4.01112
Colvin4.00260
Gunn4.00331
Sciver1.00120
Fall of Wicket 
19Healy
38Cameron
95Lanning
119Blackwell
122Perry
123Fields
123Osborne
 

England Women Innings 128 for 5 (19.0 overs)

   RunsMinutesBalls4s6s
Edwardsc Cameronb Ferling24522820
Knight b Hunter24400
Taylorc and b Coyte 12500
Wyatt b Coyte0 200
Greenwaynot out 807164110
Sciverrun out (Haynes) 13241210
Brindlenot out 06000
Extras1nb 1w 2b 4lb8 
Totalfor 5128(19.0 ovs)
BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
Coyte4.00292
Hunter4.00231
Osborne4.00260
Perry3.00210
Ferling4.00231
Fall of Wicket 
8Knight
9Taylor
9Wyatt
76Edwards
116Sciver