Australia Women 186 for 1 (Villani 80, Perry 55) beat Ireland Women 87 for 7 (Garth 30*, Jonassen 2-7) by 99 runs
Half-centuries from Elyse Villani and Ellyse Perry lifted Australia Women to 186 for 1, and set up a crushing 99-run victory against Ireland Women in Dublin to seal the series 3-0.
Australia, choosing to bat, were aggressive right from the off, with Villani striking the very first ball, from Kim Garth, for four. Both Villani and Perry, her opening partner at the other end, found the boundaries with ease, as the pair blitzed a 121-run partnership from just 85 deliveries. Villani stroked 12 fours and a six during her 53-ball 80, while Perry scored 55 off 46 balls, with seven fours. Villani was eventually bowled by legspinner Elena Tice in the 15th over, but Grace Harris, the No.3 batsman, continued the carnage, blasting three fours and two sixes in her 21-ball 30 to ensure a total in excess of 180. Harris, whose seven-ball 19 had also given Australia much-needed impetus during the second T20I, was later named Player of the Series.
Her surge left Ireland needing more than nine an over, and the hosts wilted under the pressure of a large chase. Clare Shillington and Isobel Joyce both fell for ducks in the first over of the chase, as Ireland struggled to put up any substantial stand. Gaby Lewis top-scored with 30, but neither she nor any of her team-mates could score with the desired acceleration, as Ireland were restricted to 87 for 7. Jess Jonassen was Australia's best bowler, ending with figures of 4-2-7-2, while Megan Schutt and Grace Harris picked up a scalp each.
AUS Women vs Ire Women
Australia Women tour of England and Ireland