Greenway Stars Again As England Go 2-0 Up

Greenway Stars Again As England Go 2-0 Up
Greenway Stars Again As England Go 2-0 Up
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England Women 100-5 (Greenway 30no) beat
Australia Women 99-3 (Nitschke 27) by five wickets
Second Twenty20 International, Melbourne

England Women went 2-0 up in their Twenty20 International series against Australia Women with a five-wicket win in a shortened match at Melbourne.

Australia Women reached 99 for three from 16 overs before Lydia Greenway's unbeaten 30 helped England hit 100 for five with two balls to spare to clinch their second victory in the five-match series.

Shelley Nitschke (27), Leah Poulton (21) and Alex Blackwell (21 not out) helped the home side finish one short of a century as Holly Colvin, Danielle Hazell and Jenny Gunn picked up a wicket apiece.

England didn't make a great start to their run chase when Laura Marsh was caught by Blackwell off Rene Farrell for five while Charlotte Edwards (16) and Danielle Wyatt (18) fell having made starts.

Lisa Sthalekar returned three for 15 by dismissing Edwards, Wyatt and Susie Rowe (4) to engineer a tight finish but Greenway held her nerve with an unbeaten 30 in 30 balls and she was backed up by Gunn, who hit 19 in 17 balls and Heather Knight, who was unbeaten on one.

“I just tried to keep calm and concentrate on what we had to do," Greenway said after the match. "It’s great to be in form and playing well and fantastic to win at such an impressive ground.

“We missed a few in the field today. All the girls have the skill, I think it must just have been nerves.

“It’s a massive statement to come out and back up Wednesday’s performance so we’ll be looking to carry this momentum forwards to Canberra.”

England won the first match in the series by four wickets and the third match is in Canberra on 16th January.

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