Friday 31 January 2014 

Australia Hit Back To Win Second T20

Meg Lanning
Meg Lanning top scored with 42 as Australia chased down their target with almost five overs to spare
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Australia Women 99-3 (Lanning 42) beat
England Women 98-6 (Ferling 2-14) by 7 wickets
Second Women's Ashes T20, Melbourne

Australia Women bounced back from the disappointment of failing to regain the Ashes by beating England Women by seven wickets in the second Twenty20 International in Melbourne.

Captain Meg Lanning top scored with 42 as Australia overhauled England's score of 98 for six by closing on 99 for three in just 15.1 overs.

England struggled with the bat as only Charlotte Edwards (28) and Arran Brindle (26 not out) made much headway.

BOTH SIDES STRUGGLE WITH INJURY

England were unable to call on four players for this match. Natasha Farrant, Jenny Gunn (both back), Heather Knight (hamstring) and Anya Shrubsole (hip) are all injured and their participation in the final game of the series remains in doubt.

Australia, meanwhile, will not be able to call on either regular captain Jodie Fields or Sarah Coyte for the rest of the series. Fields fractured a finger prior to the opening ODI and has not played since while Coyte strained a quadricep during the Test match and has also missed the six limited overs.

Holly Ferling took two for 14 for the hosts as only four England players reached double figures, perhaps undone by a slow, sticky pitch.

There were just seven boundaries in their innings and there was a wicket apiece for Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen and Rene Farrell.

Osborne reacted sharply to catch Edwards off her own bowling, Ferling bowled Danielle Wyatt (0) and Sarah Taylor (8) and Amy Jones (14) also had her stumps disturbed by Farrell.

England made a good start with the ball with Danielle Hazell outstanding in taking one for 11 in four overs, bowling Ellyse Villani for 16 early on.

However, opener Alyssa Healy made an unbeaten 37 in 43 balls to anchor the chase while Lanning came in at three and blasted 42 in just 28 balls.

She hit five fours and a six and although she fell to Georgia Elwiss - smartly caught by Lydia Greenway in the deep - and Brindle then bowled Jess Cameron without scoring, Australia were comfortable winners in the end.

This was Australia's third win in the multi-format series but England had already reached 10 points to retain the Ashes and there is one final Twenty20 game, in two days time in Sydney, still to play.

© Cricket World 2014

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Current Scoreline

Australia 8-10 England
England have retained The Ashes
Fixtures & Results
10th-13th January: Ashes Test, Perth
ENG 201 & 190 beat AUS 207 & 123 by 61 runs
19th January: 1st ODI, Melbourne
ENG 210-3 beat AUS 209-3 by 7 wickets
23rd January: 2nd ODI, Melbourne
AUS 266-7 beat ENG 240 by 26 runs
26th January: 3rd ODI, Hobart
AUS 269-6 beat ENG 268-4 by 4 wickets
29th January: 1st T20I, Hobart
ENG 151-1 beat AUS 150-3 by 9 wickets
31st January: 2nd T20I, Melbourne
AUS 99-3 beat ENG 98-6 by 7 wickets
2nd February: 3rd T20I, Sydney
AUS 102-3 beat ENG 101-8 by 7 wickets