Australia Women 151-3 (Rolton 43no, Poulton 33) beat
England Women 117-6 (C Taylor 31, Farrell 2-16) by 34 runs
Only Twenty20 International, Derby
By Peter Exley
England were perhaps still recovering from their ICC World Twenty20 success of last week as they crashed to defeat against Australia by 34 runs in their Twenty20 International at Derbyshire's County Ground.
Both teams made changes from the World Twenty20 semi final, Katherine Brunt and Caroline Atkins both being rested for England being replaced Ebony Rainford-Brent and Isa Guha, the latter formerly rated as number one bowler in the world, which underlines England's strength in depth. Australia left out experienced batter Lisa Sthalekar and seamer Ellyse Perry bringing in Erin Osbourne and Jess Cameron in their place.
Australia won the toss and elected to bat and the tourists got off to a flying start with openers going at nearly ten an over during the power play overs. However, as has been the case on numerous occasions, the Australian batters lost their wickets after having made a decent start. Leah Poulton was first to go, bowled by Holly Colvin who was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Shelley Nitchske who succumbed to the bowling of Nicky Shaw.
Karen Rolton and Alex Blackwell had a brief partnership, but when Blackwell was removed by Jenny Gunn for 18, they set about taking advantage of the last overs. England had pulled back the innins somewhat with good bowling from Gunn (1-25) and Isa Guha (0-29) but the former Aussie captain and Lauren Ebsary propelled the innings to a good score of 151 for three from their 20 overs, with Rolton unbeaten on 43 and Ebsary not out on 24 from just 13 balls.
In reply, England got off to a terrible start losing Sarah Taylor for just one in the second over. Captain Charlotte Edwards hit a couple of boundaries before holing out in the deep to Sarah Andrews for 10.
Claire Taylor and Beth Morgan looked to be about to repeat the semi-final form they showed a week ago, however when star batter Taylor was out for 31, caught by Blackwell off the bowling of Osbourne, England were in trouble and even more so when Morgan followed Taylor leaving England 66 for four.
Rainford-Brent and Lydia Greenway were struggling to find the boundaries needed to keep up with the required run rate, and the stumping of Greenway, who was looking to force the pace, pretty much sealed the World Champion's fate. Not even 23 not out from just 17 balls from Rainford-Brent could save England from a defeat that will no doubt bring them back down to earth after the successes of the past few months.
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