Given the Formbook, this seemed unlikely, but England won the final of the series in the Women’s Ashes.
Australia won the litter and picked up the field, but for the first time in the multi-format series, England reached a double-digit number before losing its first wicket. Danni Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont have completed a “mammoth” partnership of 28. The 20 of 19 balls of the former have prepared the innings well. Maybe that’s all they needed all summer. It also contained what was at the time only the fifth English Six of the series, again including all three formats.
There were no outstanding exploits of their lives, but almost everyone was there. Heather Knight scored 23 and Amy Jones hit 19, a relief, considering that she had suffered four ducks in five innings before today and scored only five runs in the other.
Nevertheless, England did not seem to be enough at 84/5 when she left. It was Lauren Winfield and Katherine Brunt who, with a partnership of 55 out of 6.3 overs, took England from their 20 overs to 139/5.
It seemed as if Australia had a head start, as it took exactly seven. No doubt they had the psychological superiority to have whipped England in painful memory of all forms of play. Katherine Brunt eliminated Beth Mooney in the fifth game at 2, but when Sophie Ecclestone hit Meg Lanning LBW in the sixth game for the same point, they sensed it could be England’s night. It was the first time since 2016 that England went to the door in a T20 game.
There was always Ellyse Perry to worry about – who fought brilliantly for her unbeaten 60 out of 50 balls – but the gates fell around her. Mady Villiers scored twice in her international debut and picked up Alyssa Healy and Ash Gardner, who were stunned by a golden duck.
Perry maintained Australia until the year before last, when two LBWs sealed their fate in successive deliveries from Ecclestone.
Brunt had the honor of finishing the final eliminating Georgia Wareham. She finished with three wickets, as did Ecclestone, and England won with 17 runs.