All square in One-day series between England and Australia women
The one-day series between the England Academy Women and the Australia Shooting Stars has ended 2-2 after all four matches have been played at the ICC Academy.
With the series level after the first two matches, there was all to play for in the final rounds of matches at the Home of Elite Cricket.
The third match of the series took place on the 6th of April, with the England Academy Women’s team electing to bat after winning the toss.
After Tammy Beaumont (29) and Evelyn Jones (22) took England past the 50-run mark, good top-order batting from Fran Wilson, who put up 45, and yet another sublime 50 from the in-from Georgia Elwiss gave England a good platform to put up a big total.
In the end, despite the final four wickets falling for less than ten runs apiece, the English women’s final score was a respectable 260 off 48.4 overs.
The Australians began their response on the front foot, Elyse Villani scoring a superb 86 as she and Beth Mooney, who contributed with 51, showed the Shooting Stars meant business.
Once the duo had set the foundations for the rest of the innings, the rest of the team kept things ticking over nicely and additions from Grace Harris (29), Delissa Kimmince (30), Nicola Carey (14) and Ashleigh Gardner (16) ensured the team from Down Under achieved victory with three of their 50 overs remaining.
Going into the last match, the English would’ve been keen to even the odds. Once again, they chose to bat after winning the toss.
Unfortunately, they began quite poorly, with Tammy Beaumont (four) soon rejoined in the pavillion by Evelyn Jones (11), Sophie Luff (3) and Fran Wilson (18).
However, things were soon righted when another excellent knock from Georgia Elwiss, who made 47, aided in the centre by Natalie Sciver and Alex MacDonald who both added 23 runs apiece to the score saw England make a 177 runs as their 10th wicket fell in the 46th over.
With a low total to defend, the English bowlers knew they would need to strike early and often. That plan began to work when Jodie Dibble removed four of the Australian top order, as she dismissed Beth Mooney (25), Elyse Villani (19), Delissa Kimmince (12) and Katie Mack (seven).
Alex Hartley picked up where Dibble left off, as she took three wickets: those of Nicola Carey (4), Ashley Gardner (zero) and Megan Banting (24) to inflict further damage on the Shooting Stars.
With only Grace Harris’ 48 to anchor the innings, the Australians came mighty close to winning the match, but in the end, fell short by three runs as the English triumphed in the final one-day to tie the series at 2-2.
That should give both sides the impetus needed to come out on top in the upcoming two-match Twenty20 showdown between the two teams.