Women’s Cricket – Australia win fourth World T20 trophy
Result: England 105 (Wyatt 43, Knight 25; Gardner 3-22) in 19.4 overs lost to Australia 2-106 (Gardner 33*, Lanning 28*; Ecclestone 1-12) in 15.1 overs by eight wickets at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
THE TROPHY IS AUSTRALIA’S! A magnificent display against England sees Australia win their fourth World T20 title! Ashleigh Gardner produced a magnificent all-round game with both bat and ball to be player of the match for the final. When Danielle Wyatt loomed as the key to England’s innings, the off-spinner combined with Meg Lanning to remove the dangerous opener for 43 in the 11th over and from that point England lost 7-41 to be bowled out in the final over. She followed up the Wyatt wicket with the scalps of Anya Shrubsole and captain Heather Knight – just as the England captain as looking to escalate late in the innings – to finish with 3-22 from her four overs.
Then with the bat, she came to the crease at a tricky stage and made a watchful start, before turning around what has been a quiet tournament to date in brilliant fashion, striking three huge sixes on her way to 33no from 26. She shared an unbeaten 62-run stand with skipper Meg Lanning to see Australia home in the sixteenth over.
Teenage leg-spinner Georgia Wareham picked up two big wickets executed a stunning run out and took a catch in an all-round excellent performance in her first major final. Wareham’s direct-hit sent the in-form Amy Jones on her way for four in the fifth over, before she struck twice with the ball; a correct decision to review for lbw removing Lauren Winfield for six, before she bowled Sophia Dunkley with a ripping delivery the following ball. There was no hat-trick for the teenager, but she finished a superb three-over spell with 2-11.
Alyssa Healy was named the player of the Tournament. She finished the tournament with 225 runs at 56.25, at a strike rate of 144.23, having posted scores of 48, 56no, 53, 46 and 22.
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