Australia continued its unbeaten record in the Women’s Ashes series of 2019, when it came to a seven-goal victory with 13 balls.
They scored their fifth victory in the Tour, taking the lead 12-2, securing the T20I award and overall victory in the series.
England faced a tough fight from the start when Ellyse Perry’s Amy Jones was dismissed for beating a duck with two balls as she tried to hit a wide ball over the packed blankets, but only managed to finish it. Beaumont and Wyatt took 11 of Perry’s second place, due in part to four crashes when a shy stump was not adequately secured and the Australian all-rounder was picked up and not returned for the remainder of the innings.
Tammy Beaumonts 43 was lucky for a while, but she put her feet against the spinners and looked best when she hit the ground. When she was blown by Jonassen, trying to sweep a full ball on her leg stump, England got into great trouble at 78/4, having also lost Wyatt and Sciver, who was not sure if she had the first ball sweep or paddle from Georgia Wareham, and as she did, she bowled.
England continued to fight as Wareham also picked up the wicket of skipper Heather Knight, who tame it back for a catch and bowl, slowing the run rate further.
Lauren Winfield showed signs of something bigger than she finally did when she hit a six-shot ball directly into the ground, but she was dismissed as she tried to sweep Megan Rubble and pick out the edge fielder. Sophie Ecclestone provided 17 out of 11 unbeaten balls for a late boost to the innings, including a fantastic overtaking race for six in the final, helping England to beat 121/8.
The Australian inning started off sharply when Alyssa Healy completed 14 runs of Georgia Elwiss’s first overtaking maneuver to get the most out of the bad bowling. England, however, coupled them back, and Brunt made the breakthrough with their first ball and sent Healy with a sharp bouncer on the way, who hit the top and was caught by Keeper Jones.
When Mooney was subsequently blown by Ecclestone and tried to pull a ball that slid up the hill and sneaked under the bat, England had the feeling to record a first win of the series.
This feeling intensified as Gardner met the third man in front of Cross in the seventh over. Attempting to steer the ball through the backward point resulted in a large cross that hit Laura Marsh quickly. At 35/3, Australia was in trouble and some bottlenecks gave England a couple of half chances to dismiss both Lanning and Perry, who could not take them.
In the end, this proved fatal, as the Australian captain and allrounder looked increasingly liquid as their partnership became over 50 in the 14th.
Good running and good string rotation were underpinned by a few good strokes, especially as Australia wanted to end the game quickly and completed twelve runs after the final of Marsh, including a 6-over-deep mid-wicket Perry Match Award especially for their 47 * from 39 balls, the first player to reach the doubles from 1000 runs and 100 wickets in T20Is in men’s or women’s games. England are in the final of the series in Bristol on Wednesday, knowing that this is their last chance to stop Australia from finishing the series unbeaten.