Greenway Magnificent As England Regain Ashes

Lydia Greenway sweeps on her way to an Ashes-winning 80 not out against Australia
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England 128-5 (Greenway 80no) beat
Australia 127-7 (Lanning 60) by five wickets
Third Women's Ashes T20 International, Southampton

Lydia Greenway struck a superb unbeaten 80 in 64 balls to guide England to a five-wicket win over Australia in the second Twenty20 International, a win that regained the Women's Ashes.

After Australia posted 127 for seven, England were reduced to nine for three but thanks to Greenway's brilliance, they got home with an over to spare.

Their fourth win in a row puts them 10-4 up in the multi-format series with one game remaining.

Meg Lanning made 60 in 53 balls to top score for Australia but only two others could reach double figures as Australia ended a good 15-20 runs short of a really competitive score.

Alex Blackwell made 25 and Ellyse Perry 11 but although England missed a few chances - just as they did in the opening T20 at Chelmsford - they were able to take wickets and keep Australia from scoring freely.

Danielle Hazell bowled another maiden on her way to figures of two for 11 while Katherine Brunt and Jenny Gunn took a wicket apiece.

England were sharp enough in the field to effect three couple of run outs, Holly Colvin removing Lanning, Jenny Gunn seeing off Jess Cameron and Greenway dismissing Jodie Fields.

It wouldn't be long before Greenway was back in the thick of the action as Heather Knight (2), Sarah Taylor (1) and Danielle Wyatt (0) fell to Julie Hunter (1-23) and Sarah Coyte (2-29).

She might have been on her way soon after had Fields not missed a stumping opportunity but given a life, she took full advantage.

Her partnership of 67 with captain Charlotte Edwards (24) was crucial in getting England back on track and then putting Australia under pressure.

And it was Greenway leading the charge with her mix of reverse sweeps, orthodox sweeps, clips to leg and one sumptuous straight drive forcing Australia on to the back foot.

She maneouvred the field expertly, found the gaps and then ran brilliantly between the wickets and although Edwards fell as she tried to force the pace, Greenway found another willing ally in Natalie Sciver, who was run out after making 13 in 12 balls.

There was to be no way back for Australia. Two more reverse sweeps from Greenway and a chip into the leg side and it was all over.

Taylor, watching from the dugout, saw her own national record broken and described Greenway's innings as the best she'd ever seen in a women's Twenty20 game. There aren't too many that have rivalled it.

The series concludes with the third and final Twenty20 game in Chester-le-Street on Saturday 31st August.

© Cricket World 2013

Final score: England 12-4 Australia

Fixtures & Results

11th-14th August: Only Test, Wormsley
AUS 331-6 d. & 231-5 d. drew with ENG 314 & 93-2
20th August: 1st ODI, Lord's
AUS 203-8 beat ENG 176 by 27 runs
23rd August: 2nd ODI, Hove
ENG 256-6 beat AUS 205 by 51 runs
25th August: 3rd ODI, Hove
ENG 204-5 beat AUS 203-4 by 5 wickets
27th August: 1st T20I, Chelmsford
ENG 146-4 beat AUS 131-5 by 15 runs
29th August: 2nd T20I, Southampton
ENG 128-5 beat AUS 127-7 by 5 wickets
31st August: 3rd T20I, Chester-le-Street
ENG 92-3 beat AUS 91-7 by 7 wickets