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England Beat Australia In Super Over

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England Women beat Australia in a Super Over in Canberra to get their first win of the Commbank IT20 Tri-Series and their first under new Head Coach Lisa Keightley.

Captain Heather Knight was the hero, recording her second career-best performance in two days – rescuing her side from 39/3 with an excellent 45-ball 78.

She was given great company by Fran Wilson who batted beautifully for her 39. With the ball, England were grateful to a combination of Glenn’s ‘Spin’ and Sciver’s ‘Pace’ that won the day for England.

It was a game that ebbed and flowed throughout, with Australian debutant Annabel Sutherland and Delissa Kimmince nearly snatching the game for the hosts.

In the end, their thrilling late hitting saw the scores level. Ecclestone went for just 8 in Australia’s Super Over and it was Knight herself who finished the job with consecutive fours off Ellyse Perry.

England will be thankful for having played two games that have gone to the final over in the extreme Canberra heat, perfect preparation for the World Cup proper.

The Commbank IT20 Tri-Series now moves to Melbourne, with England’s next game on Friday February 7 against India.

Heather Knight: “It was an amazing game of cricket. I thought we’d won it then I thought we’d lost it, and it’s credit to Australia for taking it to a Super Over.

“We started slightly timidly with the bat, but we know that Danni Wyatt and Amy Jones are class acts at the top of the order and they’ll demonstrate that as the tournament moves on.

“Fran batted really well and with the ball Sophie and Glenny were excellent – and Nat deserves a mention, as well. Glenny was a little bit disappointed with how she went yesterday and she didn’t even bowl badly, so it’s great to see her bounce back like that so well.

“Soph was always going to bowl the Super Over for us, for someone who’s so young she consistently stands up and delivers and that’s a great reflection of her talent.”

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Comments from our correspondent Julian Thompson:

* With scores tied (Eng 156/4 & Aus 156/8) captain Heather Knight slammed two fours to snatch victory for England during the ‘super over.’
* Finishing on 156/4 for England, Knight (78) and Fran Wilson (39*) boosted the run rate (from 4.33);
Three wickets fell to Sarah Glenn’s spin, removing Ashleigh Gardner (16) with her second ball. Also taking two wickets during the 14th over; removing Haynes (0) and Perry (18);
* Sophie Ecclestone’s fifth ball clean bowled Aussie captain Meg Lanning (1);
* Nat Sciver, took two of her three wickets during the 16th over. Firstly removing opener Beth Mooney (65) who was stumped by Amy Jones. Sciver’s bowling also dismissed Jess Jonassen, caught by Katherine Brunt.
* Earlier, Brunt’s first catch had dismissed Alyssa Healy (9) off newbie Freya Davies’ third ball.

Courtesy of the ECB

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