ICC Women's World Twenty20 - Final

Australia Women v England Women

Australia Women won by 4 runs

The umpires are on their way and World T20 finals day is about to get underway, Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning opening the batting, vital that they get off to a bright start. Katherine Brunt, who I have to admit intimidates me slightly, is going to open the bowling. You don't get in the way of this Yorkshire lass in full flight...

2.20pm Out come the teams then for the National Anthems, accompanied, as ever, by the mascots. Thankfully these two tunes shouldn't take too long; they're going to need 20 minutes later on for both anthems...

"England have yet to be seriously challenged so far in the tournament. If the game is tight that could be a telling factor. Hopefully though Australia won't get close enough to make it matter!" The England girls will certainly be hoping so Mark. But that is a serious point, competitive matches in the women's tournament have been at a real premium, I can recall three, which isn't a great return. So hopefully today, everything can come to a head and we can get a great advert for women's cricket. These are certainly the best two teams to provide that.

2.10pm Now even the ICC admitted the pitch for the first semi-finals was not ideal for T20, and that was being exceptionally polite about the wicket on Thursday. Friday's pitch was much better and today's wicket also looks to be more conducive to entertaining cricket. It's thankfully not as dry and hopefully will offer a little more pace and bounce which is what we want to see. There's also some less complimentary weather in the vicinity of the Premadasa so that could come into play too.

2pm Down to the toss and Charlotte Edwards has won it and England will field first having been successful chasing throughout the tournament, including in the group stage against Australia. Both teams are unchanged.

1.50pm Hello and welcome to T20 finals day from Colombo. The men's final, Sri Lanka v West Indies, coming up at 7pm but the hors d'oeuvres is the women's final between England and Australia. Both should be cracking matches and this World T20 is set to come to a thrilling climax.

0.1

Brunt to Lanning, no run, full delivery, just outside off, a firm push to extra cover

0.2

Brunt to Lanning, no run, further outside off, forward to push into the off side again and a fine diving save at point by Lydia Greenway, probably the best fielder in the women's game

0.3

Brunt to Lanning, no run, tighter to off stump, angled into the covers again

0.4

Brunt to Lanning, FOUR, this is more back of a length and the hint of width allows Lanning to stay in the crease and crack it past point for four, put away well

There's now two point fielders and no slip...

0.5

Brunt to Lanning, no run, fired in towards leg stump, beats everything, that was well bowled

0.6

Brunt to Lanning, no run, right up in the blockhole again, this time more off stump, dug out into the covers

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia Women 4/0
MM Lanning    4* (6b 1x4)      KH Brunt    1-0-4-0
AJ Healy    0* (0b)     

And from the other end it shall he Danni Hazell...so spin immediately...

1.1

Hazell to Healy, 1 run, full driven down to mid off where there's a misfield so Healy off strike straight away, poor work that

1.2

Hazell to Lanning, 1 run, fielder now back on the long off fence so there is an easy single down the ground, played off the front foot

1.3

Hazell to Healy, 2 runs, this is waited for and late cut behind backward point, well controlled and a couple more

1.4

Hazell to Healy, no run, tossed up further outside off, driven at, comes off an inside edge to square leg

1.5

Hazell to Healy, 1 run, little short and pulled out to deep midwicket, finds the fielder so just one

1.6

Hazell to Lanning, 1 run, good use of the feet down the wicket and played down the ground for a single to long off

Good manoeuvring there by the batsman...

End of over 2 (6 runs) Australia Women 10/0
MM Lanning    6* (8b 1x4)      D Hazell    1-0-6-0
AJ Healy    4* (4b)      KH Brunt    1-0-4-0

2.1

Brunt to Lanning, (no ball) FOUR, oh dear, everything wrong with this, overstepping and then sending down a half-volley just outside off, which is nicely put away through cover, good timing there

Free hit...

2.1

Brunt to Lanning, FOUR, and four more, length ball outside off and swung away over extra cover, got that up and over well, timed nicely and out to the rope

2.2

Brunt to Lanning, 1 run, length again, just outside off, carved down to third man

I was impressed with Lanning's brief knock in the semi-final and again she's started well today...

2.3

Brunt to Healy, 2 runs, too straight and flicked down to long leg, wide enough of the fielder for a couple

2.4

Brunt to Healy, no run, much better, full of length on off stump, pushed to extra cover

2.5

Brunt to Healy, no run, good again, this come off an inside edge playing trying to drive down the ground, to midwicket

2.6

Brunt to Healy, FOUR, back of a length and pulled through midwicket, nicely put away

Expensive over and now a great start for Australia...

End of over 3 (16 runs) Australia Women 26/0
AJ Healy    10* (8b 1x4)      KH Brunt    2-0-20-0
MM Lanning    15* (11b 3x4)      D Hazell    1-0-6-0

3.1

Hazell to Lanning, no run, forward onto middle and off, blocked back up the wicket

3.2

Hazell to Lanning, 2 runs, touch wider and guided behind square on the off side, tucked away well

3.3

Hazell to Lanning, no run, waited for and guided to short third man

3.4

Hazell to Lanning, no run, forward blocked again around middle and off

3.5

Hazell to Lanning, no run, firm drive to extra cover from off stump

3.6

Hazell to Lanning, FOUR, great shot, swept off middle stump and a superb connection, whistles to the square fence

End of over 4 (6 runs) Australia Women 32/0
MM Lanning    21* (17b 4x4)      D Hazell    2-0-12-0
AJ Healy    10* (8b 1x4)      KH Brunt    2-0-20-0

This pitch is playing very well, good sign for the day...now here's the poster girl of English women's cricket Danni Hazell... more offspin coming up...

4.1

Wyatt to Healy, no run, starts around the wicket and gets driven to extra cover from outside off

4.2

Wyatt to Healy, no run, length ball, played from the crease to extra cover

4.3

Wyatt to Healy, 3 wides, this turns a little but down leg side, Taylor can't gather

4.3

Wyatt to Healy, FOUR, oh shot, big stride out to drive and smashed through the covers, lovely that is

4.4

Wyatt to Healy, 1 wide, another wide down leg

England are a little rattled here...

4.4

Wyatt to Healy, no run, better, good length, middle and off, played to midwicket

4.5

Wyatt to Healy, no run, little short, cut to point, can only find the fielder

4.6

Wyatt to Healy, no run, down the wicket, didn't get right out to it and plays it to midwicket

End of over 5 (8 runs) Australia Women 40/0
AJ Healy    14* (14b 2x4)      DN Wyatt    1-0-8-0
MM Lanning    21* (17b 4x4)      D Hazell    2-0-12-0

Stonking start for the Aussies...England are making another change, back to seam bowling with Anya Shrubsole...

5.1

Shrubsole to Lanning, 1 run, bustles in and bowls middle stump, little bit of drift in, played past midwiclet for a single

5.2

Shrubsole to Healy, FOUR, little short again and this pair have tucked everything loose away, this is pulled again, behind square on the leg side, four more

5.3

Shrubsole to Healy, 1 run, better, length outside off, guided down to third man

5.4

Shrubsole to Lanning, no run, length around off stump again, punched into the covers

5.5

Shrubsole to Lanning, no run, fuller and driven back to the bowler, again a hint of in-drift

5.6

Shrubsole to Lanning, 1 run, keeper comes up to the stumps, back of a length on off stump, powerfully punched off the back foot and a fine diving save at point, saved another four there

What a Powerplay for Australia, after being sent in remember...

End of over 6 (7 runs) Australia Women 47/0
MM Lanning    23* (21b 4x4)      A Shrubsole    1-0-7-0
AJ Healy    19* (16b 3x4)      DN Wyatt    1-0-8-0

Another spin option as Holly Colvin comes on...

6.1

Colvin to Lanning, 1 run, good use of the feet and punched down to long off

6.2

Colvin to Healy, 1 run, chipped this time down the ground, no power in the stroke so it doesn't trouble the deep fielder

6.3

Colvin to Lanning, 1 run, again advancing, this time blocking into the off side

6.4

Colvin to Healy, 1 run, flighted up, again the batsman down the wicket and playing with a straight bat, finds long on this time

6.5

Colvin to Lanning, OUT, down the track again but no to the pitch here and chips it back to the bowler so England make a vital breakthrough and they needed that badly because Australia had been rampant in that opening stand. Again looking to play straight, Lanning wasn't to the pitch of the ball, didn't adjust and chipped a catch back to the bowler that was well taken above her head

MM Lanning c & b Colvin 25 (24b 4x4 0x6) SR: 104.16

6.6

Colvin to Cameron, 1 run, floated up again, more use of the feet and another single down to long on

Much better over for England and, more importantly, a wicket...

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia Women 52/1
JE Cameron    1* (1b)      HL Colvin    1-0-5-1
AJ Healy    21* (18b 3x4)      A Shrubsole    1-0-7-0

More spin here for England as Laura Marsh comes on...

7.1

Marsh to Cameron, no run, tossed up outside off, another step down, just blocked

7.2

Marsh to Cameron, no run, touch wider, stays back to cut, misses

7.3

Marsh to Cameron, no run, tossed up outside off again, tries the cut again, bit of turn cramps her up and it's forced to short third man

7.4

Marsh to Cameron, 1 run, straight and played with the turn through midwicket

7.5

Marsh to Healy, no run, turn down the leg side and that might have been a stumping chance, the batsman did step out of her ground but with a very difficult take, Taylor couldn't gather

7.6

Marsh to Healy, 1 run, little short and pulled, in the air towards deep square leg, but it's just short of the fielder and Shrubsole in the end does well to parry it and save four

End of over 8 (2 runs) Australia Women 54/1
AJ Healy    22* (20b 3x4)      LA Marsh    1-0-2-0
JE Cameron    2* (5b)      HL Colvin    1-0-5-1

8.1

Colvin to Healy, 1 run, length ball just outside off, punched out to the cover fence

8.2

Colvin to Cameron, 1 run, tossed up around leg stump, down the wicket and driven down to long on

8.3

Colvin to Healy, no run, tossed up outside off, comes forward and extra cover fields the drive

8.4

Colvin to Healy, 1 run, that's nice again, good flight and the batsman was again unsure in playing forward, gets an edge towards point

8.5

Colvin to Cameron, 1 run, down again and chipped against the spin, long on comes round the fields well, just a single

8.6

Colvin to Healy, 2 runs, use of the feet again, nicely timed over the bowler's head, long off comes around, slides and pops the ball up to long on and together they keep them down to two

End of over 9 (6 runs) Australia Women 60/1
AJ Healy    26* (24b 3x4)      HL Colvin    2-0-11-1
JE Cameron    4* (7b)      LA Marsh    1-0-2-0

9.1

Marsh to Cameron, FOUR, turn down the leg side, swept and gets it very fine, runs away for four, raced away to the rope

9.2

Marsh to Cameron, no run, outside off, ran into the covers, well bowled

9.3

Marsh to Cameron, no run, tried to come down again, can only block a ball around off stump

9.4

Marsh to Cameron, no run, outside off and back-cut to short third man

9.5

Marsh to Cameron, FOUR, big shot down the ground, picked up really well and a one bounce for four

9.6

Marsh to Cameron, no run, down the wicket driving, gets it to extra cover

End of over 10 (8 runs) Australia Women 68/1
JE Cameron    12* (13b 2x4)      LA Marsh    2-0-10-0
AJ Healy    26* (24b 3x4)      HL Colvin    2-0-11-1

Can Australia keep this blitzkrieg going...Hazell is back...

10.1

Hazell to Healy, OUT, length ball tried to be swung to leg, misses and is bowled so England pick up another important wicket and both openers are gone. Mis-read the length here, went to pull and it scuttled onto the stumps, ended up looking a little lucky, a shame because it was a fine knock

AJ Healy b Hazell 26 (25b 3x4 0x6) SR: 104.00

10.2

Hazell to Sthalekar, no run, forward just outside off, played to the off side 45

10.3

Hazell to Sthalekar, no run, forward on a length on off stump, punched to extra cover

10.4

Hazell to Sthalekar, no run, played to extra cover again with a forward punch

10.5

Hazell to Sthalekar, 1 run, this time evades the fielder and takes a single out to sweeper on the cover fence

10.6

Hazell to Cameron, 1 run, off stump, played with the spin into midwicket for a quick single

End of over 11 (2 runs) Australia Women 70/2
JE Cameron    13* (14b 2x4)      D Hazell    3-0-14-1
LC Sthalekar    1* (4b)      LA Marsh    2-0-10-0

Can England settle things down now and bring down this run rate...Wyatt returns...

11.1

Wyatt to Cameron, 1 run, off stump, played with the spin in front of short long leg

11.2

Wyatt to Sthalekar, 1 run, swept in the air towards deep square leg, falls just short of the deep fielder again

11.3

Wyatt to Cameron, 1 run, too full and swept to the deep square leg

11.4

Wyatt to Sthalekar, 1 leg bye, further back in length, goes to sweep again, runs off the pad behind square on the off side

11.5

Wyatt to Cameron, 1 run, deep square leg in action again to field a sweep from middle stump

11.6

Wyatt to Sthalekar, 1 run, and the same stroke, this time lifted from off stump, to deep square leg

End of over 12 (6 runs) Australia Women 76/2
LC Sthalekar    3* (7b)      DN Wyatt    2-0-13-0
JE Cameron    16* (17b 2x4)      D Hazell    3-0-14-1

Australia doing well to keep the score ticking over, need to lay a platform for a late push...140 on their minds I'm sure...

12.1

Hazell to Sthalekar, 1 run, too much width and cracked out to deep cover

12.2

Hazell to Cameron, 1 run, just outside off, back of a length, pulled to deep midwicket

12.3

Hazell to Sthalekar, FOUR, pulled and this time gets it past deep midwicket and it runs for four, well struck

12.4

Hazell to Sthalekar, 1 run, just outside off, goes to late cut and gets a bottom edge, runs fine of short third man

12.5

Hazell to Cameron, 1 run, off stump, tucked through square leg

12.6

Hazell to Sthalekar, 1 run, pushed forward outside off, dropped into the covers, a quick single they take

End of over 13 (9 runs) Australia Women 85/2
LC Sthalekar    10* (11b 1x4)      D Hazell    4-0-23-1
JE Cameron    18* (19b 2x4)      DN Wyatt    2-0-13-0

"Is the men's finals going to be played on the same pitch as this?" Yes it is Bruce and they way it has played so far, it's good signs...Shrubsole is into the attack...

13.1

Shrubsole to Sthalekar, 3 wides, poor start down the leg side, wides given, batsman missed with a paddle

Shocking call for the wide, it took a huge deflection off the thigh pad...

13.1

Shrubsole to Sthalekar, no run, straight and blocked back up the wicket

13.2

Shrubsole to Sthalekar, 1 run, just outside off, guided down to third man

Fine leg comes up now and mid off goes back...

13.3

Shrubsole to Cameron, 1 run, goes across the stumps and sets herself to play to leg, ends up blocking behind square on the off side and they get a quick run

13.4

Shrubsole to Sthalekar, 1 run, outside off, cut off the toe of the bat towards backward point

13.5

Shrubsole to Cameron, no run, again set for a big shot into the leg side, ends up adjusting and blocking again around middle and off

13.6

Shrubsole to Cameron, 1 run, played out through the leg side pushing

End of over 14 (7 runs) Australia Women 92/2
JE Cameron    20* (22b 2x4)      A Shrubsole    2-0-14-0
LC Sthalekar    12* (14b 1x4)      D Hazell    4-0-23-1

Marsh back into the attack...

14.1

Marsh to Cameron, 2 runs, lifted down the ground, in full control, again doesn't find the rope as long off comes around

14.2

Marsh to Cameron, 1 run, outside off and slapped down to long off, nearly carries but a bounce in front of the fielder, struck well again

14.3

Marsh to Sthalekar, 1 wide, tossed miles up, way outside off, left alone for a wide

14.3

Marsh to Sthalekar, 1 run, tossed up again outside off, slapped out to deep cover

14.4

Marsh to Cameron, FOUR, quicker ball, goes for the reverse paddle off middle stump and executes perfectly, helped on it;s way to the third man rope

14.5

Marsh to Cameron, no run, dragged from way outside off to midwicket

14.6

Marsh to Cameron, 1 run, that is a right lob that ends up being a big full toss, pulled to the midwicket fielder on the bounce, very lucky to get away with that

End of over 15 (10 runs) Australia Women 102/2
JE Cameron    28* (27b 3x4)      LA Marsh    3-0-20-0
LC Sthalekar    13* (15b 1x4)      A Shrubsole    2-0-14-0

Again Australia are pushing on well, England need a wicket...

15.1

Shrubsole to Cameron, 2 runs, waited for and timed the back cut well, wide of third man for a couple

15.2

Shrubsole to Cameron, SIX, massive shot, gets down on one knee and heaves it over midwicket, great strike, taken off a length for 74 metres, super strike

15.3

Shrubsole to Cameron, no run, dabbed to point on a length, no run available

15.4

Shrubsole to Cameron, FOUR, oh lovely again, goes for a Dilshan and gets it over the keeper's head, ramped perfectly over the keeper

15.5

Shrubsole to Cameron, FOUR, slapped away again, powerful strike for four more, what an innings this is

15.6

Shrubsole to Cameron, 1 run, outside off, pushed down to third man

End of over 16 (17 runs) Australia Women 119/2
JE Cameron    45* (33b 5x4 1x6)      A Shrubsole    3-0-31-0
LC Sthalekar    13* (15b 1x4)      LA Marsh    3-0-20-0

Cameron is now the highest individual score of the tournament for Australia, she's in fine touch, needs to go on though and make sure Australia make 150...

16.1

Colvin to Cameron, OUT, tossed up on leg stump and swung down the ground but finds long on and Cameron is gone, just what England wanted. So Cameron can't go on for the Aussies, still no half-century for them in this tournament, tried to clear the ropes again but picked out the fielder who held the stroke

JE Cameron c Gunn b Colvin 45 (34b 5x4 1x6) SR: 132.35

16.2

Colvin to Sthalekar, 1 run, leg stump and swept wide of deep square leg

16.3

Colvin to Blackwell, 1 run, tossed up just outside off stump, down to sweep again to deep square

16.4

Colvin to Sthalekar, 1 run, back to cut out to the deep cover fielder

16.5

Colvin to Blackwell, no run, little bit of turn from outside leg, blocked carefully square on the off side

16.6

Colvin to Blackwell, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, ran down the ground

The type of over England will take from here on in...

End of over 17 (4 runs) Australia Women 123/3
AJ Blackwell    2* (3b)      HL Colvin    3-0-15-2
LC Sthalekar    15* (17b 1x4)      A Shrubsole    3-0-31-0

Wyatt back into the attack...

17.1

Wyatt to Blackwell, FOUR, length ball outside off, gets across the stumps and sweeps behind square, runs to the boundary

17.2

Wyatt to Blackwell, no run, dropped towards short third man from outside off

17.3

Wyatt to Blackwell, 1 run, swept again from off stump, finds deep square leg

17.4

Wyatt to Sthalekar, 1 run, outside off, waited for and slapped to the cover sweeper

17.5

Wyatt to Blackwell, 1 run, tossed up and slapped down the ground, narrowly avoids the non-striker, finds long on

17.6

Wyatt to Sthalekar, no run, goes to switch hit and Taylor moves across and gets in the way, well done that, took it on the pads

End of over 18 (7 runs) Australia Women 130/3
LC Sthalekar    16* (19b 1x4)      DN Wyatt    3-0-20-0
AJ Blackwell    8* (7b 1x4)      HL Colvin    3-0-15-2

18.1

Colvin to Blackwell, 1 run, swept to deep square

18.2

Colvin to Sthalekar, 2 runs, slapped into the on side in the air, wide of long on, in the gap for two

18.3

Colvin to Sthalekar, 1 run, waited for and cut out to the off side sweeper

18.4

Colvin to Blackwell, 1 run, swept hard in the air but once again it falls short of the fielder at deep square

18.5

Colvin to Sthalekar, no run, goes to switch hit again and gets struck on the pads

18.6

Colvin to Sthalekar, 1 run, tossed up a long way into the air, heaved through midwicket and Greenway comes off the rope and does very well to keep them to one

End of over 19 (6 runs) Australia Women 136/3
LC Sthalekar    20* (23b 1x4)      HL Colvin    4-0-21-2
AJ Blackwell    10* (9b 1x4)      DN Wyatt    3-0-20-0

Last over, can Australia get 145 even...Marsh to bowl...

19.1

Marsh to Sthalekar, 1 run, tossed up and ran through the covers, very sharp work off the cover rope so just one

19.2

Marsh to Blackwell, 1 run, full toss, can only run it down to long on

19.3

Marsh to Sthalekar, 1 run, swept hard, again only straight to the fielder, Wyatt on the square leg fence

19.4

Marsh to Blackwell, 1 run, tossed up again, comes down the wicket to meet it on the full but again she can only find a single to the fielder, long on this time

19.5

Marsh to Sthalekar, 1 run, again only a single down the ground, driving from off stump

19.6

Marsh to Blackwell, 1 run, OUT, swung out from outside off to deep midwicket, they come back for two but it's not even close and Blackwell is run out by half the pitch

AJ Blackwell run out 13 (12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 108.33

A good last over for England but they are facing a stiff challenge in the second innings, needing 143 to win. That is actually three runs fewer than the target they chased comfortably in the group stage, so they shall be confident. But Australia have put a good score on the board, largely thanks to Jess Cameron whose timing was for the most part was superb, she struck five fours and a six but got out just before she could inflict major damage on the England bowling. Before Cameron, there was a rapid start by Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning, who both scored at above a run-a-ball. Can Australia find a second half to match their good work with the bat, you'll find out with Sid Monga...

End of over 20 (6 runs) Australia Women 142/3
     LA Marsh    4-0-26-0
LC Sthalekar    23* (26b 1x4)      HL Colvin    4-0-21-2
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Photos

Oct 9, 2012

Jess Cameron and Jodie Fields with the Women's World T20 trophy, Melbourne, October 9, 2012

Jess Cameron and Jodie Fields with the Women's World T20 trophy

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Oct 7, 2012

Australia Women do a lap of honour, Australia v England, final, Women's World Twenty20, Colombo, October 7, 2012

Australia Women do a lap of honour

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