Brunt blunts Aussies

Daily Mail - - Football - KALIKA ME­HTA

Eng­land beat aus­tralia for the first time in a women’s World Cup match since 1993 at Bris­tol yes­ter­day to go top of the ta­ble with two games to play. need­ing 16 off the fi­nal over, aus­tralia fell just short as Kather­ine Brunt took a fine catch on the bound­ary to hand Jenny gunn a sec­ond wicket. al­though a natalie Sciver mis­field meant a six from the fi­nal ball would have won it, Jess Jonassen was un­able to de­liver. It was quite a day for Brunt. She led the way with the bat, smash­ing an un­beaten 45 in a sev­enth-wicket part­ner­ship of 85 with gunn as Eng­land set the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons 260 to win. Then she took two for 42 and held on to that cru­cial catch to help Eng­land edge home by three runs. Brunt said: ‘It’s al­ways nice to get one up on the aussies, but this is just one game, there are a fair few more to come. That’s the first one they’ve lost, so never count them out.’

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