The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

STARS ALIGN T O SEAL ASHES HOME FLIGHT

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AUS­TRALIA’S women crick­eters suc­ceeded where the men failed, win­ning the Ashes on Bri­tish soil for the first time since 2001 with a 20-run Twenty20 win at Hove yesterday.

The South­ern Stars – led by Ell­yse Perry (2-13), player of the match Rene Far­rell (317) and Me­gan Schutt (2-18) – bowled mag­nif­i­cently to de­fend a small tar­get of 108, dis­miss­ing Eng­land for 87 in front of a sell-out crowd of more than 5000.

The vic­tory in the sec­ond of three T20 in­ter­na­tion­als meant Meg Lanning’s team took an unas­sail­able 10-4 points lead hav­ing al­ready won the one-off Test and two of the three one-day matches.

It was the first time since the mul­ti­for­mat se­ries was in­tro­duced in 2013 the South­ern Stars have tri­umphed over Eng­land.

Eng­land won the toss and elected to bowl, re­strict­ing the tourists to 7-107, a to­tal bol­stered by a big fi­nal over from Jess Cameron that yielded 13 runs.

Lanning praised her play­ers for the man­ner in which they kept their com­po­sure with the ball to dec­i­mate the Eng­land top or­der, who were re­duced to 5-28 af­ter five overs.

“We didn’t bat well tonight but our bowlers came to play and our field­ing was the best it’s been all se­ries,” Lanning said.

“Win­ning the Ashes is the only thing we haven’t been able to do over the last five years. But we came here very con­fi­dent and used our whole squad which has been great.”

Perry failed with the bat af­ter be­ing pro­moted to the top of the or­der, scor­ing 7.

How­ever her 17 dot de­liv­er­ies pre­vented Eng­land get­ting off to a strong start.

She also took two wick­ets in as many balls, in­clud­ing Sarah Tay­lor for 8.

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