Anya grabs four as England win T20 series
Anya Shrubsole grabbed four wickets to help England Women wrap up their T20 series with a five wicket victory over Australia at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff with 11 balls to spare.
After being put into bat the Australians were rocked by Shrubsole’s onslaught as she claimed two wickets in her first over and two more in her third to reduce the visitors to 25 for four.
Eventually they recovered to reach 111 all out in 20 overs, the Somerset skipper ending with four for 11, supported by Natalie Sciver with four for 15 and Becky Grundy who took two for 28.
In reply England Women reached 114 for five, Natalie Sciver rounding off a good match with 47 and Lydia Greenway unbeaten on 20.
Afterwards England captain Charlotte Edwards said: “I am proud of the way that we have come back out here today as a team, and shown some fight to win this NatWest IT20 series. But there is no hiding the fact that we are all still bitterly disappointed that we have lost our grip on the Women’s Ashes.
“We haven’t been consistent enough across the seven matches, especially as a batting unit. But I know that this isn’t through a lack of passion or hard work. We have worked on our skills with more intensity than ever before, but some of our execution and decision making has been poor during this series. We simply have to front up to that and address it as we embark on our winter programme.
“Next year is absolutely massive for us, with tours to South Africa, the West Indies and Sri Lanka, a home series against Pakistan, and the ICC World T20 in India. We will take a lot of confidence from the way we played in Chelmsford and here today in Cardiff to that World T20 competition – we shouldn’t ignore the fact that we have just beaten the current World T20 champions and ended their unbeaten run.
“Thank you to everyone who has come out and supported us during the series – the team has been overwhelmed by the level of encouragement that we have received. The record crowds across all of the grounds have been fantastic, and it has always felt like we have had an extra player out there with us. We all love playing cricket for England, and regardless of the final result, it is brilliant that this Women’s Ashes series has given us the platform to hopefully inspire, excite and encourage women and girls to love the game as much as we do.”