Australia secure spot in the CommBank T20 INTIL Tri-Series Final against India
Australia has secured its spot in the CommBank T20 INTIL Tri-Series Final against India on Wednesday with a 16-run victory over England at Junction Oval.
Losing the toss and batting first, Australia posted 7-132 largely through the efforts of opener Beth Mooney who compiled a 40-ball half-century.
Vice-captain Rachael Haynes chipped in with a crucial 24 off 21 balls to help Australia post a defendable total.
In reply, England got the score to 21 before speedster Tayla Vlaeminck (2-18) removed the dangerous Danni Wyatt (11) followed by Amy Jones two overs later.
Spinners Sophie Molineux (3-19) and Jess Jonassen (1-21) showed good discipline in the middle overs to restrict the scoring and ensure the wickets kept falling.
Katherine Brunt (23*) and Lauren Winfield (23) fought hard for England but it was to no avail with the visitors running out of overs, falling 17 runs short of the target.
Audio from a press conference with Molineux after the match is available below:
Sophie Molineux audio
Today's result means England finishes in third place and will take on a Cricket Australia XI prior to the Final on Wednesday. The CA XI will be named in the coming days.
Australia Women - Alyssa Healy(wk), Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner, Meg Lanning(c), Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Sophie Molineux, Nicola Carey, Jess Jonassen, Megan Schutt, Tayla Vlaeminck
England Women - Amy Jones(wk), Danni Wyatt, Katherine Brunt, Natalie Sciver, Heather Knight(c), Fran Wilson, Tammy Beaumont, Lauren Winfield, Sarah Glenn, Sophie Ecclestone, Anya Shrubsole
Start Time: 00:40
Toss: England Women won the toss and decided to field
Venue: CitiPower Centre, Melbourne
Officials: Donovan Koch, Claire Polosak, Anthony Wilds, Michael Graham-Smith, Robert Stratford
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