England Women Make History By Going 3-0 Up

England Women Make History By Going 3-0 Up
England Women Make History By Going 3-0 Up
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England Women 146-6 (Marsh 45, Coyte 3-25) beat
Australia Women 145-6 (Guha 3-24) by 4 wickets
Third Twenty20 International, Canberra

England Women moved into an unassailable 3-0 series lead over Australia Women after taking a four-wicket win in the third Twenty20 International in Canberra.

The result, achieved with one ball to spare, earned England a first series win over Australia in Australia following victories in the opening two matches in Adelaide and Perth.

Batting first, Australia looked to have racked up a winning total as they score 145 for six but England proved too strong, closing the game out in the final over.

Opener Meg Lanning top scored for Australia with 34 in 22 balls, hitting four fours and a six to get the innings off to a flyer before Isa Guha's return of three for 24 pegged Australia back.

She dismissed Leah Poulton (25), Alex Blackwell (29) and Jessica Cameron (15) to narrowly miss out on career-best figures while Danielle Hazell, who dismissed Lanning, and Holly Colvin were the other bowlers to take a wicket.

England openers Laura Marsh (45) and Charlotte Edwards (36) then put on 71 for the first wicket to set England on their way but there were nervous moments along the way as Sarah Coyte picked up three for 25 as she removed Marsh, Danielle Wyatt (6) and Susie Rowe (10) as England almost faltered.

In-form Lydia Greenway made a crucial 23 in 22 balls before it was left to Jenny Gunn, unbeaten on ten and Hazell, on one, to hit the winning runs.

The fourth and fifth matches in the series - also in Canberra - will be played on 17th and 18th January.

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