Australia v England, Women's World Cup 2013, Mumbai

Australia top table after two-run victory

The Report by Abhishek Purohit in Mumbai

February 8, 2013

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Australia 147 (Coyte 44, Sthalekar 41, Shrubsole 3-24) beat England 145 (Greenway 49, Ferling 3-35) by two runs
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Holly Ferling took three wickets, Australia v England, Women's World Cup 2013, Super Six, Mumbai, February 8, 2013
17-year-old Holly Ferling took three wickets as England's top order capsized © Getty Images
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England came up agonisingly short in their second thriller in four games. They had been shocked by Sri Lanka's last pair off the last ball. Today, their last pair of Holly Colvin and Anya Shrubsole almost beat Australia. Almost. Having added 31 with Shrubsole to take England within three runs of victory, Colvin edged a cut to the wicketkeeper. It would have been a particularly dispiriting end to the game for Shrubsole, who had kept England alive with the bat after having run through the Australia top order in the morning.

England have now lost 14 ODIs on neutral territory to Australia without having ever beaten them. There wasn't much to choose between the two sides. Australia were 32 for 5 at one stage, England were 39 for 6 as the seam trio of Megan Schutt, Holly Ferling and Julie Hunter came hard at them. A battling 49 by Lydia Greenway seemed to have finally set England on their way to victory but her fall with the score on 114 turned the game again. Colvin and Shrubsole almost pulled off an improbable escape. Almost.

When Katherine Brunt holed out to mid-on off Lisa Sthalekar, Australia captain Jodie Fields would have thought the game was hers with England on 114 for 9 in the 42nd over. Sthalekar was Player of the Match for lifting Australia from 15 for 3 to 114 for 6 along with Sarah Coyte and returning figures of 10-5-19-1 with her offspin. She was to take the game's decisive catch as well, that of Greenway, who hit Ferling straight to Sthalekar at short extra cover in the 41st over after painstakingly guiding them past 100 during a 113-ball stay.

Fields now needed just one of Colvin or Shrubsole, and crowded them with fielders. Colvin scattered them, punching and steering Coyte for boundaries in the 43rd over. An outside edge in the same over snipped a further four runs off the target. Shrubsole stepped out to Sthalekar and just cleared mid-on, and dispatched Ferling to the deep point rope. With 12 needed off five overs, the last pair sensibly started pushing for singles.

Fields brought her field back in, and Sthalekar, again, at short midwicket almost ran out the non-striker Shrubsole with a direct hit. Replays showed Shrubsole had just made it back, but England weren't so lucky next ball. Colvin went back to cut, and Fields jumped with a scream as soon as she took the edge.

The England last pair's fight stood out amid poor batting by the specialist batsmen on both sides against the moving ball. It had been expected to move around in the morning, which is why Charlotte Edwards asked Australia to bat. Brunt was her usual bustling self, moving the ball away at pace. Shrubsole complicated matters for Australia with some huge inswingers, one of which flattened Jess Cameron's middle stump. Rachael Haynes played a loose drive to be caught by the bowler Shrubsole. Three others, Alex Blackwell, Meg Lanning and Fields, perished trying various things outside off stump -a prod, a cut, a drive. A scoreline of 32 for 5 was a fair indication of both, how well England had bowled, and how poorly Australia had batted.

Sthalekar was joined by Coyte, and the pair put on 82. Sthalekar was solid and busy as ever, while Coyte showed off her hitting with some stinging sweeps. England had the chance to break through when Sthalekar cut Jenny Gunn to point, but Greenway could not hold on. Australia were 58 for 5 then, Sthalekar was 11. It was Arran Brindle, brought back in the 32nd over, who eventually bowled Sthalekar with a loopy slower one first ball on return. Coyte found Shrubsole at mid-on off Colvin a few overs later, and the innings subsided at 147 in the 45th over.

Edwards began with a couple of fours in Schutt's opening over, but was given leg-before in her next after walking across, though replays showed the incoming ball would have missed leg. Edwards has tended to do that early in her innings this tournament - a similar appeal was turned down previous ball. Schutt made another big incision in her third over, as Sarah Taylor went after a very wide one and edged it to slip.

Danielle Wyatt fell after a few crisp boundaries to Ferling's first ball, edging a cut behind. Ferling was replacing the ill Ellyse Perry, but made sure Australia didn't miss their premier quick bowler. All of 17 and playing her second game, she ran in with energy and generated bounce that troubled England.

Hunter was the slowest of the three Australia seamers, but she moved the ball both ways. Brindle went chasing a widish outswinger, Heather Knight went lbw to one that nipped in. Gunn avoided a Ferling bouncer, but could not keep out a straightening low full toss next ball. At 39 for 6, 148 looked much farther.

It had turned into a survival game now for England. Greenway and Marsh took nearly 26 overs to add 57. Both defended resolutely, Marsh's resistance ending on 22 off 75 when she walked across to Coyte. Replays had it just missing leg stump, but Marsh had left it exposed, and that could have influenced the umpire.

Greenway now started opening up, swatting boundaries through the leg side with ease. With England just 34 away, though, Sthalekar came in the way of a drive. Colvin and Shrubsole almost got England home. Almost.

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Posted by disco_bob on (February 11, 2013, 1:33 GMT)

Why are the women called 'batsmen'. I understand they cannot be called batspersons or or batswomen, but is there anything wrong with the already in use 'batters'?

Posted by Indiana_jones99 on (February 9, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Day=nighter win toss and bat first, Under lights not easy for the batsmen *WI against India, India against SL). 9 AM start win toss and put the opposition in. Except for Australia against England which was the exception due to gritty performance and inept England batting. England chasing under 150 it was a shocker. Blaming the 2 umpiring decision is pathetic. There was one LBW decision not given where the hawk-eye showed the ball hitting then stumps in full. The rose tinted glasses England Team amd supporters must have filtered it out. The deliberate go slow against WI is not in the spirit of the game. Play fair.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 9, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

@brusselslion on (February 8, 2013, 13:45 GMT) We could also hope Aus hand out some more thrashings. That would help

Posted by Mitcher on (February 9, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

@aracer: Hey mate, don't joke. I'm quite sure the greatest batsman of the generation (Brian Lara, of course) still has nightmares about being dismissed by then Australian women's cricketer Zoe Goss in an exhibition match.

Posted by pat_one_back on (February 9, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

Harden up folks 'DRS' lost us the game, @F-F-L, you're the stereotype of a whinging Pom!

Posted by aracer on (February 9, 2013, 0:20 GMT)

Lol @ RandyOZ - maybe you should get some of the women into your men's team.

Posted by Humbata on (February 8, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

I couldn't agree more with Nutcutlet, apart from the fact that it was England skipper, Charlotte Edwards (not Sarah Taylor) who, along with Laura Marsh, was the victim of a poor umpiring decision. I am an ECB Level 2 qualified umpire and I would be totally embarrassed if I gave those decisions. I am sure that, with just 4 years experience standing in top recreational cricket, I've never given such an appalling decision as either of those. I stood in a women's County T20 tournament 2 years ago, umpiring Middlesex vs Essex (a match that included Jodie Fields, the Australian captain) and I remember thinking at the time: "I'm delighted that I standing in this match but these players deserve more experienced umpires"

Posted by JG2704 on (February 8, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

What a game. Gutted for England but well played Australia. Eng probably had the better of the early conditions , Australia the better of the umpiring decisions - but no excuses , these things tend to even themselves out. As others have said it was almost a compact version of the 2nd Ashes 2005 , only in reverse. It's looking dodgy for England and we now need to beat SA and NZ and could do with Aus continuing their form. I hope if WI go through it's because they win more games in the Super 6 stage. I strongly disagree with the way the points have been carried over. Each team should carry all their points through to the S6 stage and not just the points against S6 qualifiers.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (February 8, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

Hey Randy... I reckon Ed Cowan would struggle to keep his place if the ladies were available for the men's team.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (February 8, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

Well the aussies look odds on to win now to finally give aus cricket fans something to celebrate. On another note, the aus women seem much more likeable, humble and down to earth than their male counterparts

Posted by RandyOZ on (February 8, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

Australia continues its dominance over England even in the women's game! The inevitable slide continues!

Posted by voice_of_reason on (February 8, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

A really tense match to watch and yes, reminiscent of Edgbaston 2005. I'm sure England would have been delighted with bowling Australia out for under 150 at the start of the day, even after having them 32-5. The standard of umpiring was undeniably poor and England did get two shockers. Without those, the result would probably have gone their way. BUT...Wyatt, Taylor and Brindle all played very poor shots to hand their wickets to the Aussies. Greenway, as well as she batted, also played a loose shot to chip the ball to short extra cover and Brunt was caught at mid on trying to hit the spinner over the top, perhaps succumbing to the pressure.

Posted by brusselslion on (February 8, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Sounds like a cracking game marred by a couple of umpiring howlers. It will be difficult for England to make the final now but, assuming that they can win big against SA, they will then need to put NZ in, bowl them out cheaply and then chase down the total in double-quick time: There, problem solved; not as difficult as I first thought. I'm going to have a go at fixing that neutrino stuff now!

Posted by landl47 on (February 8, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

Shades of the second Ashes test of 2005! In that game England won by 2 runs and were almost beaten by an heroic last-wicket stand , one of the most exciting matches I've ever seen. Here it was the Aussies who scraped home.

When England got the first 5 wickets cheaply, I thought they had this one. It just shows that the Aussie women, just like the men, never, ever give up.

Kudos to both sides for a great match, played in a great spirit.

Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (February 8, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

Lottie & her team paid the price for underbowling their pace spearhead kathie brunt.I think thats the main reason for today's loss.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 8, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Again so many DRS moments going against England, which is why they lost.

Australia's women have managed to do what their men's team hasn't looked like doing for over five years: beat England. With England's men's team so far ahead of the Australian mens' team, this must be a rare sight for any aussie fan, and only serves to remind us of the stark reality every Australian fan (well the normal one's at least) has had to deal with over the last five years of English cricketing dominance over Australia.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (February 8, 2013, 11:49 GMT)

@Nutcutlet, it was actually Edwards, not Taylor, who got the rough call. Let those who say that umpiring mistakes even out explain how exactly that's the case here, where England almost certainly would have won and now may miss the final as a result. That said, England really should have still been able to win despite those two rough dismissals. They won an important toss and had plenty of time to chase a relatively small target but, as was the case for Australia, too many of the top order contributed significantly to their own downfall. Australia were also without their best bowler, although her replacement did a fine job so they may not even have missed Perry. It's a tough road to the final for England now. They will probably need to win big in both their remaining games to get their NRR up and even that might not be enough.

Posted by EdGreen on (February 8, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

Thrilling match - shocking umpiring, and - of course - no DRS

Posted by Nutcutlet on (February 8, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

This was another thrilling game & well done to the Aussies who showed just the same resilence as their male counterparts have done over the years. Defending a small total after losing an important toss - that's tremendous cricket! England stuttered up front losing early wickets, but fought back strongly in the true tradition of England - Australia contests. There was, however, one huge black mark that needs addressing by the ICC: the diabolical standard of the umpiring. Sarah Taylor & then Laura Marsh, two very experienced & capable batsmen, got shockers & it is to the batsmen's credit that they left the field without a backwards glance. With no review system in place & substandard umpiring, this competition loses some of its credibility through the casual appointments of officials. What a pity! These women are giving their best & their collective best should be matched by the standard of the only two men on the field! As the WC moves towards its conclusion, can the umps up their game?

Posted by mark2011 on (February 8, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

what a thriller... good match...

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