Australia End Series On A High With 52-Run Win

Australia End Series On A High With 52-Run Win
Australia End Series On A High With 52-Run Win
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Australia Women 153-8 (Cameron 26) beat
England Women 101 (Edwards 37) by 52 runs
Fifth Twenty20 International, Canberra

Australia Women prevented England Women from taking a clean sweep in their five-match Twenty20 International series by winning the final game in Canberra by 52 runs.

An excellent all-round performance was spearheaded by all-rounder Shelley Nitschke, who hit 23 as Australia posted 153 for eight and then took three for 16 as England were dismissed for 101 in 16.2 overs.

The runs were shared around the Australians as Jessica Cameron (26), Leah Poulton (24), Lisa Sthalekar (24 not out) Nitschke and Rachael Haynes (16) all made useful contributions.

Holly Colvin was again England's most successful bowler, returning two for 30 as Laura Marsh, Isa Guha and Danielle Wyatt picked up a wicket apiece.

And although Charlotte Edwards then made 37 in 28 balls and Lydia Greenway an unbeaten 32, no other player could reach double figures as Australia powered to victory.

Erin Osborne and Sarah Elliott also grabbed two wickets as England slumped to 59 for five, a position from which they were unable to recover.

They do, however, take the series 4-1 and the two sides now meet in the Ashes Test match, which begins on 22nd January in Sydney.

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