FI­NAL HEARTACHE

Aus­tralia end Eng­land women’s hopes of a world ti­tle dou­ble in An­tigua

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FRONT PAGE -

CAP­TAIN Meg Lan­ning said Aus­tralia’s T20 World Cup win was “re­ally sat­is­fy­ing” af­ter dis­ap­point­ment in re­cent years.

Lan­ning and Ash­leigh Gard­ner com­bined for a part­ner­ship of 62 as the South­ern Stars took their fourth World Cup ti­tle with a com­fort­able eight-wicket win against Eng­land in An­tigua.

And Lan­ning said: “We haven’t had the suc­cess we’d have liked last cou­ple of years - the last two World Cups re­ally hurt. We had to change a few things, move things for­ward, play a lit­tle dif­fer­ently, and this is a re­ally sat­is­fy­ing win.”

Eng­land won the toss and opted to bat first but were bowled out for 105 in 19.4 overs with Aus­tralia reach­ing their tar­get with 29 balls re­main­ing.

Danielle Wy­att top-scored for Eng­land with 44 off 37 balls and cap­tain Heather Knight was the only other player to reach dou­ble fig­ures (25).

Knight said: “Danielle Wy­att started bril­liantly. We wanted to put runs on the board, we knew there’d be dew.

“We prob­a­bly didn’t quite adapt to con­di­tions as well as we could have. Ob­vi­ously, Aus­tralia were the bet­ter team on the day. We came with a lot of in­ex­pe­ri­ence. Some of them have sat up bril­liantly. Ec­cle­stone bowled bril­liantly, Gor­don has been a real find, and it’s been a great ex­pe­ri­ence for them.”

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