Australia Take Control Of Women's Ashes Thanks To T20 Win
Australia took a dominant grip of the multi-format women's Ashes with a four-wicket victory in the first T20 of the series on Saturday
Australia took a dominant grip of the multi-format women's Ashes with a four-wicket victory in the first T20 of the series on Saturday. Beth Mooney's 61 not out steered the world T20 champions home with one ball to spare at Edgbaston chasing 154 to win. After winning the sole Test match of the series, the visitors now lead 6-0 on points with just 10 left to play for, courtesy of two points for a win in the two remaining T20 clashes and three one day internationals. Australia captain Alyssa Healy, who played despite managing two fractured fingers, won the toss and elected to field first.
Sophia Dunkley anchored the England innings as she hit 56 off 49 balls but wickets fell regularly at the other end.
Ashleigh Gardner won the tourists the Test with the ball and took Australia close to the finishing line with 31 off 23 balls.
But Mooney remained at the crease and hit nine fours in her 47-ball innings to make sure of victory.
England now likely need to win all five remaining matches in the series to reclaim the Ashes for the first time since 2014.
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