Lydia Greenway smashed a 64-ball 80 to help England Women regain the Women's Ashes with a five-wicket victory over Australia women in their second Twenty20 International at Rose Bowl in Southampton on Thursday.
Greenway's half-century helped England chase down Australia's 127 for 7 with an over to spare, the result giving England an unassailable 10-4 lead in the multi-format series, which meant that the trophy, which they won in 2009 but lost in 2010-11, will be with England.
England had the worst of starts as they lost three wickets in three overs to the Australian pacers. Julie Hunter drew first blood as she bowled Heather Knight. Sarah Coyte followed with two wickets in her second over as she caught and bowled Sarah Taylor and bowled Danielle Wyatt, in at No. 3, for a duck to reduce England to 9 for 3.
However, Greenway steadied the chase along with Charlotte Edwards, the England captain, adding 67 runs in 11 overs for the fourth wicket. Australia finally got a breakthrough when Edwards was dismissed caught by Jess Cameron off Holly Ferling, who made her T20I debut, for 24 to leave England needing 48 from 36 balls.
Greenway then went on to add 40 runs in 27 balls with Natalie Sciver (13) before Sciver was run out by Rachael Haynes in the 18th over. With 11 needed from two overs, Greenway comfortably took England over the finish line with two boundaries and three runs in the penultimate over.
Earlier, Australia started slowly after they chose to bat, as they lost two batters in under nine overs for 38 runs. Meg Lanning then hit a 53-ball 60, which included six boundaries and a six, to lift Australia to 95 for 2 before Holly Colvin ran her out in the 16th over.
Alex Blackwell and Ellyse Perry then added a crucial 24 runs in three overs before England dismissed four batters in the last two overs to stop Australia at 127 for 7. Danielle Hazell was the most successful of the English bowlers, returning figures of 2 for 11.
The final T20I will take place at Riverside Ground at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.