Brunt dismantles Australia
England 230 for 8 (Greenway 58, Coyte 4-39) beat Australia 196 (Cameron 75, Brunt 5-18) by 34 runs
Katherine Brunt bowled England to a 34-run win in the final of the NatWest Women's Quadrangular series with a career-best 5 for 18 - her third five-wicket haul in one-day internationals - as England continued their successful run this summer.
Australia had been impressive with the ball too, with Sarah Coyte picking up four top-order wickets, but England eventually reached 230 mainly thanks to Lydia Greenway's fluent fifty and a rapid 43 from wicketkeeper-batsman Sarah Taylor.
Brunt started Australia's slide early, nipping out Meg Lanning and Leah Poulton in quick succession as their chase got off to a faltering start. Shelley Nitschke, playing in her final match for Australia, was denied a grand finish as she had her stumps rattled by Brunt, the third wicket falling with just 33 on the board.
Alex Blackwell and the in-form Jess Cameron sparked something of a recovery, but when Isa Guha bowled Blackwell for 34 and left-arm spinner Holly Colvin picked up the big wicket of allrounder Lisa Sthalekar soon after, Australia were 80 for 5 and England in control.
Cameron responded with some brutal batting that gave Australia hope, slamming eight fours and two sixes in a 77-ball 75. She took her team to within 80 runs of their target before Brunt returned and had her caught by Guha as England seized the ascendancy once again. Brunt had her fifth wicket when Coyte holed out to Arran Brindle, and England stormed to the win soon after.
They hadn't been quite so dominant with the bat, however, and needed to rebuild after Coyte got past both Danielle Wyatt and Laura Marsh to reduce England to 19 for 2 after they had lost the toss and been inserted in bowler-friendly conditions.
Captain Charlotte Edwards and the experienced Claire Taylor slowly repaired the damage, grinding their way to a 36-run partnership before Edwards was trapped in front of her stumps by Sthalekar's offspin for 31. England slipped once again when Taylor cut Nitschke to point with the score at 88, but Greenway and Sarah Taylor immediately set about the bowling with some enterprising batting.
Greenway used the sweep to good effect and also cracked the only six of the innings over long-off as she and Taylor added 82 for the fifth wicket. Taylor fell before she reached fifty, and Greenway was eventually dismissed to give Coyte her fourth wicket, but Brindle slammed 27 from just 18 balls to boost England to what was ultimately a match-winning total.