England Women Go 4-0 Up With Another Tight Win
England Women 226-8 (Edwards 65, Greenway 50) beat
Australia Women 225-7 (Nitsckhe 71, Rolton 52) by two wickets
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Fourth One-Day International, Wormsley
Both sides recovered well from losing early wickets, but it was England Women who provided the better finish, taking another final ball victory to win the fourth One-Day International against Australia by two wickets at Wormsley.
Half-centuries from Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway set them up to overhaul their target of 225 despite Sarah Andrews taking four for 50.
Australia's score was built around half-centuries fom the experienced pair of Shelley Nitschke and Karen Rolton, and they were struggling at nought for two in the early stages of their innings when Katherine Brunt (2-38) removed Leah Poulton and Alex Blackwell without scoring.
Nitschke, who made 71 in 106 balls with nine fours, shared stands of 79 with Lisa Sthalekar (24) and 64 with Rolton, who made 52 in 83 balls before she, along with Lauren Ebsary (5) was run out and Australia's innings faded somewhat.
England made a shaky start themselves, Andrew removing form batter Sarah Taylor for 25 and England were quickly 78 for four when Claire Taylor (13), Caroline Atkins (21) and Ebony Rainford-Brent (0) failing to settle at the crease.
Edwards then joined forces with Greenway, the captain hitting 65 from 88 balls and Greenway 50 in 87 deliveries before a flurry of wickets put the game in the balance.
Sarah Andrews completed her spell with the wickets of Greenway, Jenny Gunn (0), Katherine Brunt (7) but England again found cool heads in Laura Marsh (14 not out) and Holly Colvin (8 not out), who saw them home.
The final match takes place at Lord's on Tuesday.
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