The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
STARS ALIGN T O SEAL ASHES HOME FLIGHT
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.