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Rampant Rolton routs England's women

Karen Rolton produced a stunning allround performance, as Australia's women finished their tour on a high with a seven-wicket victory in the one-off Twenty20 international at Taunton

Cricinfo staff
02-Sep-2005
Australia 152 for 3 (Rolton 96*, K Blackwell 43*) beat England 151 for 7 (Edwards 42) by seven wickets
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Karen Rolton: allround heroics © Getty Images
Karen Rolton produced a stunning allround performance, as Australia's women finished their tour on a high with a seven-wicket victory in the one-off Twenty20 international at Taunton. Coming to the crease at a disastrous 6 for 3 in pursuit of England's impressive 151 for 7, Rolton romped to an unbeaten 96 from just 53 balls, to seal victory with 14 balls of the match to spare.
She was aided and abetted in her onslaught by Kate Blackwell, who opted not to mess around with victory in sight and hit the winning boundary to finish not out on 43, and deny Rolton a much-deserved century.
The win followed hot on the heels of Australia's series-clinching four-run win in yesterday's fifth one-day international, and ensured that a host of Australian stars, including Belinda Clark, Lisa Keightley and Cathryn Fitzpatrick, completed their final tour of England on a high.
Victory looked a long way off for Australia for much of the match. Laura Newton and Charlotte Edwards gave England the perfect start with an opening stand of 77, but Rolton then made the first of her interventions, picking up 2 for 13 in her last three overs to stifle England's innings just when it seemed set to take off.
Their total of 151 looked ample, however, once Katherine Brunt had got stuck in with the new ball. She took three wickets in quick succession as the top of the Australian order imploded, but Rolton soon made mincemeat of the rest of the attack to complete a memorable tour.