Brunt Bowls England To Series Victory
England Women 230-8 (Greenway 58) beat
Australia Women 196 (Brunt 5-18) by 34 runs
Quadrangular ODI Series final, Wormsley
Lydia Greenway scored a half-century and Katherine Brunt took five wickets to underpin a 34-run victory for England Women over Australia Women in the One-Day International quadrangular series final at Wormsley.
Greenway scored 58 and Sarah Taylor 43 before England were restricted to 230 for eight but they hit back to dismiss Australia for 196 with Brunt returning career-best figures of five for 18.
Her third five-wicket haul was the equal sixth best performance by an England player in ODIs and the best against Australia.
She dismissed Meg Lanning and Leah Poulton without scoring to reduce Australia to one for two in a superb opening spell that put her on a hat-trick in the first over of the match and she also accounted for the now-retired Shelley Nitschke for 15.
She returned later on to remove Jess Cameron, whose 75 had given Australia a chance of victory, and then Sarah Coyte (2) to complete the five-wicket haul.
There was a wicket apiece for Isa Guha, Holly Colvin, Arran Brindle and Danielle Wyatt as England made it played two, won two, against Australia at Wormsley.
Earlier, they had also made a stuttering start with Wyatt (6) and Laura Marsh (0) falling to Coyte before the experience of Charlotte Edwards, who made 31 and Claire Taylor, who scored 30, stabilised the innings.
Sarah Taylor then hit an entertaining 43 in 48 balls and Greenway a fluent 58 in 85 balls to get England back on track and, for what it was worth given that only one previous ODI had been played at the ground, help the home side set a new ground record.
Coyte struck twice more to remove Greenway and Taylor but a cameo of 27 in 18 balls from Arran Brindle as well as 12 not out in eight balls from Heather Knight enabled England to finish strongly.
They carried their good work on into the field and completed their summer with an excellent victory having dropped just one game - the previous one against Australia - in both the Twenty20 and ODI quadrangular series.
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