It was the turn of the Southern Stars to be dealing out the thrashing as they held England to a seven wicket win in the second T20 of the Ashes. After winning the toss the hosts elected to field first and field they did with seamer Holly Ferling bowling out Dani Wyatt for 0 from 2 balls. Ferling was on great form throughout the innings, bowling 2-14 in 3 overs, including the removal of Sarah Taylor for only 8 runs. Charlotte Edwards tried to find her previous match form but could only reach 28 off 34 before being bowled and caught by Erin Osborne.
After setting Australia the target of 98-6 the Southern Stars got to work. Elyse Villani found boundaries in the opening few overs and after being bowled for 16 by Dani Hazell, was replaced by acting captain Meg Lanning. At only 21 years old Lanning once again showed experience and maturity, adding 42 off 28 balls and scoring the only 6 of the entire game. Australia finished on 99-3 with a whole 29 balls left.
England have been struck with injuries during the T20 component of The Ashes format, this time missing Natasha Farrant, Jenny Gunn, Heather Knight and Anya Shrubsole from the lineup. With a squad of 15 this doesn’t leave a lot for team selection, so fingers crossed for some swift recoveries before the final match of the Ashes on 2nd Feb. (3:45am, Sky Sports 2).
Australia Women 99-3 (15.1 overs) beat England Women 98-6 (20 overs) by 7 wickets. For the full score card see here.
England 10 – Australia 6
|Date||Format||Venue||Points for a Win||Points for a Draw||Winner|
|10 – 13 January||Test||WACA, Perth||6||2||England|
|26-Jan||ODI||Blundstone Arena, Hobart||2||1||Australia|
|29-Jan||T20||Blundstone Arena, Hobart||2||N/A||England|
|02-Feb||T20||Stadium Australia, Sydney||2||N/A|
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