By George Marrable
- England are now trial 4-2 after winning by 20 runs (D/L Method) against Australia
- Captain Heather Knight’s unbeaten 88 led the visitors to victory
- Megan Schutt took 4-44 and Alyssa Healy made 71 but it wasn’t enough to beat England
COFFS HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA – After going down in the first two ODI’s of the series, England women came back strongly to beat Australia by 20 runs in a rain-affected 3rd ODI. England’s victory now cuts Australia’s lead in the Ashes to just 2 points as they look to regain the trophy.
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Lauren Winfield – 1/10 – A poor game for Winfield as she was dismissed for a 10-ball duck at the top of the innings. She failed to get going in the game before being dismissed lbw by Ellyse Perry.
Tammy Beaumont – 8/10 – Beaumont started the innings off brilliantly for England with an impressive 74. The opener gave England stability at the top, and was part of a vital 122 run partnership with Sarah Taylor.
Sarah Taylor – 8/10 – After the loss of an early wicket, Taylor did excellently to come in and steady the innings. Her 2nd wicket stand with Beaumont was crucial to England’s score as Taylor showed all of her experience before being dismissed for 69 from 66 balls.
Heather Knight – 9/10 – Captain Knight led from the front as she has done so many times before. She made a brilliant unbeaten 88 from 80 balls, and was a stalwart through the innings as wickets tumbled around her.
Natalie Sciver – 7/10 – Despite struggling with the bat, Sciver more than made up for it with ball in hand. She was the most economical of the bowlers taking 2-24 from 8 overs.
Fran Wilson – 1/10 – Game to forget for Wilson as she was dismissed by Ellyse Perry for a duck. Dropped Healy in second over.
Katherine Brunt – 4/10 – Brunt added a useful 12 runs at the end of the innings but struggled with the ball as the Australian’s went after her bowling, finishing with figures of 0-44 off 6 overs.
Jenny Gunn – 5/10 – Gunn, like Brunt, added a useful score with a run a ball 17 at the end of the innings. She then went on to take two wickets with the ball, but was the most expensive of the England attack.
Anya Shrubsole – 6/10 – The England opener kept it tight at the start of the innings, and took the crucial wicket of Ellyse Perry, finishing with figures of 1-40 from 10 overs.
Sophie Ecclestone – 4/10 – The Australian batsman took a liking to the young left arm bowler as she finished with 1-38 from just 5 overs.
Alexandra Hartley – 8/10 – A brilliant bowling performance from Hartley, getting the crucial wicket of opener Healey for 71. She finished with 3-45 from her 9 overs.
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Alyssa Healy – 8/10 – Despite being given a lifeline, being dropped by Wilson in the second over, Healy took full advantage as she made 71 including 12 boundaries.
Nicole Bolton – 8/10 – Along with opening partner Healy, Bolton got Australia off to a fantastic start with a first wicket stand of 118. Like Healy she was also dropped early on, and made England pay with a score of 62.
Ellyse Perry – 6/10 – Showing signs of getting going, Perry was dismissed for 23 from 33 balls by Shrubsole, but made an impact with the ball, taking 2-51 in her 10 overs.
Elyse Villani – 3/10 – A poor game for Villani, making just 8 before being caught by Winfield after trying to clear the boundary.
Rachael Haynes – 3/10 – Captain Haynes failed to make an impact on the game, making just 9 before being dismissed.
Alex Blackwell – 7/10 – After a flurry of wickets Blackwell tried to steady the innings and gave Australia a slim chance of victory with her score of 34.
Ashleigh Gardner – 4/10 – Failed to get going with the bat, but picked up the wicket of Brunt towards the end of the England innings.
Jess Jonassen – 4/10 – Another to fall in the Australian collapse, Jonassen made just six and was expensive in her spell of 1-53 from 7 overs.
Tahlia McGrath – 4/10 – She showed some resistance at the end with a run-a-ball 17, but was in effective with the ball in hand, being taken off after just 4 overs.
Amanda-Jade Wellington – 1/10 – Wicket-less from her 10 overs, she failed to make up for it with bat in hand as she was stumped first ball by Taylor.
Megan Schutt – 8/10 – An excellent bowling performance from Schutt, as she took 4-44 to be a constant thorn in England’s side. She took the crucial wickets of Taylor and Beaumont.
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