By Michael Stafford-Jones

  • England win the Third T20I by four wickets to tie the Women’s Ashes 8-8
  • Australia retain the Ashes trophy as they won the previous series in England
  • Beth Mooney hits brilliant 117 not out, Danielle Wyatt responds with stunning 100
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – Danielle Wyatt‘s amazing 100 off 56 balls powers England to a record run-chase of 181-6 and earns the tourists an 8-8 tie in the multi-format Women’s Ashes.

 

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England

Danielle Wyatt – 9/10 – Superb, aggressive century (England’s only 100+ score in the series) off just 56 balls powered the tourists to a brilliant victory. Would have been worthy of a 10/10 if she had not been dropped twice.

Tammy Beaumont – 1/10 – Tried to hit a slower ball over the infield and failed, falling to a catch from Ashleigh Gardner for just 1.

Sarah Taylor – 2/10 – Stroked one glorious straight drive for four but then offered a simple catch to Rachael Haynes and was out for just 5.

Natalie Sciver – 2/10 – Scored 7 before taking on a risky single and being run out by yards. Did not bowl.

Heather Knight – 7/10 – Made a good fifty and supported Wyatt superbly during crucial 139-run partnership. Incredibly, Australia missed three chances to dismiss her by dropping easy catches.

Katherine Brunt – 7/10 – Dismissed Alyssa Healy and finished with 1-25 after 4 overs (an excellent T20 economy rate of just 6.25).

Fran Wilson – 2/10 – Scooped the winning boundary over Healy’s head to finish unbeaten on 5.

Jenny Gunn – 1/10 – Struggled badly with the ball as she went for 31 runs in 3 overs.

Anya Shrubsole – 1/10 – Smashed to all parts of the ground by Australia’s batsmen during her spell of 0-36 in 3 overs.

Sophie Ecclestone – 6/10 – Decent display from the young spinner as she bowled Elyse Villani and ended with figures of 1-34 in 4 overs.

Danielle Hazell – 5/10 – Tidy bowling from England’s experienced off-spinner as she kept Australia down to 31 runs in her 4 overs.

 

 

Australia

Beth Mooney – 10/10 – Sublime strokeplay during a virtually faultless unbeaten T20 innings of 117 from 70 balls. Would have been match-winning if her teammates had not let her down.

Alyssa Healy – 1/10 – Inexplicably dropped two very easy catches after mishits from Wyatt and Knight respectively went straight up in the air. Hit three boundaries during 19 with the bat.

Elyse Villani – 1/10 – Blazed a four and a six during her innings of 13 but played inside Ecclestone’s quicker ball and was bowled. Misjudged the flight of the ball when running back to attempt a catch.

Ellyse Perry – 5/10 – Looked fluent during her unbeaten 22 off 20 balls but needed to score more quickly. Underused by Haynes after bowling two tidy overs.

Rachael Haynes – 4/10 – Was let down by her fielders dropping four catches but responded to Wyatt and Knight’s partnership by rotating her bowlers desperately and with no apparent plan in mind. Did not bat.

Ashleigh Gardner – 1/10 – Totally ineffective with the ball during 2-21 in two overs.

Delissa Kimmince – 5/10 – Started expensively but picked up wickets of Wyatt and Brunt to give Australia late hope.

Jess Jonassen – 7/10 – Reduced England to 16/2 with early wickets of Beaumont and Taylor during excellent spell of 2-25 in four overs. Did not deserve to be on the losing side.

Amanda-Jade Wellington – 3/10 – Luckless in her first over as first ball went through empty slip cordon and fifth was dropped by Strano. Conceded 15 runs in her second over.

Molly Strano – 1/10 – Struggled to contain the powerful hitting of Wyatt and dropped an easy chance to catch Knight.

Megan Schutt – 0/10 – Hammered to all corners of the Manuka Oval by Wyatt and company as she went for 41 runs in three overs. Also dropped an easy catch when Knight hit the ball straight to her.

 

The men’s Ashes begin at The Gabba at midnight on Thursday 23rd November.

 

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