England Women v Australia Women, 1st T20, Chelmsford August 27, 2013

Taylor puts England on brink of Ashes victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

England Women 146 for 4 (Taylor 77) beat Australia Women 131 for 5 (Cameron 35, Gunn 2-33) by 15 runs

Sarah Taylor put England on the brink of regaining the Women's Ashes with her best score in a T20 international.

Her 77 led England to a comfortable victory in the opening T20 to extend England's overall lead in the series to 8-4 with two rubbers to play. England can now do no worse than draw the series and Australia must win both of the remaining T20s to retain the Women's Ashes.

Taylor's 58-ball knock was made with clever placement and working the gaps well with the boundary difficult to find on a slow outfield. She struck six fours and was the mainstay of England's solid but not overwhelming total.

England began with a bang as six boundaries came from the opening 14 deliveries, despite losing Charlotte Edwards in the second over. Three overs later Heather Knight also fell to hasten two cheap overs to end the Powerplay during which England made 42. Then Taylor and Danielle Wyatt got together and ticked the innings along at just over seven-an-over in a stand of 88.

As it transpired, their 146 was comfortable enough as Australia never got the chase going. They lost both openers in the second over and made only 26 in the Powerplay. Jenny Gunn then removed Jodie Fields to stymie the recovery as the asking rate reached ten-per-over.

Gunn struck again in the 13th over, having Jess Cameron caught and bowled when well set but Ellyse Perry and Rachael Haynes took up the chase and struck five boundaries in 13 balls to make England sweat but the pair were left with too much to do.

Sarah Taylor said: "It's a great feeling to notch up another win, Danni Wyatt did a fantastic job, we knew if we stuck around and kept the score board ticking along we would post a good target. Anything can happen in T20 and credit has to go to our bowlers who defended the target well.

"We are two equally matched teams and we won't be taking anything for granted, yes we are playing good cricket but there are always areas we can improve on and we'll be looking at those ahead of Thursday, which will be a big game for us."

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  • Vijay on August 29, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    You Need Not to take wickets these Aus womens gets run out automatically!! There is no point of conducting too many t20's when you know the result in advance. These Aus womens are tiny in front of Eng Wmn. Clearly, Eng Wmn are the No.1 team in t20 or any format by seeing the current form. Like Aus mens, Womens cricket is also in decline phase. Hard to say they are world champions.

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    This game was really boring. These women lack power and intensity to keep things interesting. Obviously they cannot be expected to bat like Warner or Watson but I think they could play like Alaistair Cook. Even with the smaller boundaries, they couldn't hit one six. Normally the odds of a tie in the number of sixes for either team in a men's competition are like 7-1 or 8-1 but in this case, they are more like 11/8 which is the most favored outcome. I think the only womens game worth watching is tennis. I actually prefer womens tennis to men's tennis.

  • John on August 28, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Has anyone heard anything more about Taylor playing mens 2nd XI?

  • John on August 28, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Good comeback from England after Australia looked the stronger in the drawn Test and took the first ODI. Good to see Taylor back in form after, if I remember correctly, she was mostly below par for the WC.

  • Chris on August 27, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    Australia needs to find a way to get Ellyse Perry taking wickets. Her inability to make an impact with the ball this series has been the real difference. Hopefully she can turn it around in the last two games.

  • Don on August 27, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Well done the girls, Sarah seems on a bit of a roll both keeping & batting, it would be nice to have a pair of urns this year!

  • John on August 27, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    I never seem to know when the women's games are shown on tv but always enjoy them. Great atmosphere at Chelmsford

    Sarah Taylor is obviously a class above most women cricketers which is why I'm surprised she doesn't average better in all formats. Sometimes the game looks too easy for her