Ladies’s Ashes: England finish Australia’s unbeaten run with T20 victory

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England’s bowlers star as hosts achieve comfort Ashes win
Ladies’s Ashes: Third Twenty20 worldwide, The Bristol County Floor
England 139-5 (20 overs): Brunt 26*, Winfield 25*
Australia 122-8 (20 overs): Perry 60*, Brunt 3-21, Ecclestone 3-22
England gained by 17 runs (England 2pts; Australia win collection 12-4)

England ended Australia’s hopes of an unbeaten Ladies’s Ashes collection with a 17-run win within the third and ultimate Twenty20 worldwide at Bristol.

Sophie Ecclestone (3-22), Katherine Brunt (3-21) and debutant Mady Villiers (2-20) all starred with the ball.

Chasing 140, Ellyse Perry’s unbeaten 60 was in useless however the Aussies win the multi-format collection 12-Four on factors.

Earlier, Brunt and Lauren Winfield added a useful 43 from the final 4 overs as England posted 139-5.

However by way of the collection, it was too little, too late after the drawn Take a look at in Taunton ensured the trophy would stay with Australia – whereas the vacationers had already taken an unassailable lead on factors after handing England a 93-run hiding within the first T20 at Chelmsford.

England’s younger spinners shine below the lights

With the Ashes gone, the collection gone and even the T20 mini-series misplaced, England handed a full worldwide debut to Essex all-rounder Villiers – and the 20-year-old didn’t disappoint.

Although not required to bat, the off-spinner – who took three wickets for Surrey Stars in final season’s Tremendous League ultimate – was energetic within the area, with a powerful arm when deployed on the boundary.

Introduced on to bowl the eighth over, it was almost a dream begin for Villiers when opener Alyssa Healy supplied a return catch to her second ball in worldwide cricket, however the waist-high probability was spilled.

Undaunted, she had Healy caught at long-off from a full toss subsequent over, earlier than having the damaging Ash Gardner stumped for a golden duck.

An correct spell helped England put the squeeze on in mid-innings as her first three overs yielded solely seven runs (with no boundaries) – though a Perry six and a Jess Jonassen 4 in her ultimate over slightly dented her debut bowling figures.

It’s straightforward to neglect that Ecclestone, three years into her worldwide profession, has solely simply turned 20 herself – however she is slowly turning into England’s go-to bowler, eradicating captain Meg Lanning cheaply as she bowled a wicket maiden within the powerplay, earlier than choosing up two extra lbws on the dying.

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