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England Women win by 5 wickets

England vs Australia

England Women regain the Ashes following five-wicket win over Australia

England Women have regained the Ashes with a five-wicket defeat of Australia in the second Twenty20 international.

Lydia Greenway: Top scored for England with 80 from just 64 deliveries at the Ageas Bowl

England Women have regained the Ashes with a five-wicket defeat of Australia in the second Twenty20 international at Southampton.

England were set 128 to win after Australia finished their innings on 127-7, opener Mag Lanning top-scoring for the tourists with 60 from 53 balls.

England struggled initially in their response, dropping to 9-3 at one stage, but Charlotte Edwards (24) inspired a recovery before Lydia Greenway guided the hosts to a remarkable victory with an over to spare.

Victory was England's fourth in a row in the innovative series - when points have been awarded for each win - after the only Test was drawn and Australia won the opening One-Day International.

England's chase immediately hit rocky ground as Heather Knight missed a Julie Hunter straight ball before Sarah Taylor was the first of two Sarah Coyte wickets in as many balls.

Taylor, who hit 77 in the first Twenty20, thumped a straight drive that Coyte somehow held onto with one hand before Danielle Wyatt was bowled next ball.

Greenway should have soon followed when she ran down the wicket and missed a swipe at Erin Osborne, only for wicketkeeper Jodie Fields to miss the ball.

Decisive

It proved a decisive moment as Greenway took over, with the deftness of her angled shots behind the wicket the feature, in an Ashes-winning innings.

Australia had earlier built their target around opener Lanning's 53-ball 60.

The right-hander brought up her half-century by lifting Jenny Gunn over the square leg rope, but was unluckily run out at the non-striker's end when Holly Colvin deflected Alex Blackwell's straight drive onto the stumps with the opener out of her crease.

England then applied the clamps in the final stages, claiming a team hat-trick from the first three balls of the last over.

Danielle Hazell had Blackwell caught in the deep before Fields was run out attempting a second.

Osborne then walked in front of a straight one to leave Hazell with the impressive figures of 2-11 from her four overs.

Match Details

Date
29th Aug 2013
Toss
Australia Women won the toss and elected to bat.
Venue
The Ageas Bowl
Umpires
M A Gough, D J Millns
TV Umpire
R J Bailey

england BATTING CARD

Batsman R
C.M. Edwards c Cameron b Ferling 24
H.C. Knight b Hunter 2
S.J. Taylor c&b Coyte 1
D.N. Wyatt b Coyte 0
L.S. Greenway Not out 80
N.R. Sciver run out (Haynes) 13
Extras 1nb, 1w, 2b, 4lb 8
Total 19.0 Overs 128 - 5
Full Batting Card

australia BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
S.J. Coyte 4 0 29 2
J.L. Hunter 4 0 23 1
E.A. Osborne 4 0 26 0
E.A. Perry 3 0 21 0
H.L. Ferling 4 0 23 1
Full Bowling Card