The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have posted a nail-biting two-run win over England in their first Super Six match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) today.
Australian all-rounder Lisa Sthalekar was named player-of-the-match for her 41 runs and economical bowling figures of 1-19.
After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, the Australian side was on the back foot from the start, losing the key early wickets of Rachael Haynes (2), Jess Cameron (0) and Alex Blackwell (4) within the space of two overs. Meg Lanning (17) was dismissed three overs later and captain Jodie Fields (3) followed shortly after. All-rounder Lisa Sthalekar (41) provided some resistance in the middle order and combined well with Sarah Coyte (44) to build an 82-run partnership for the sixth wicket. Julie Hunter (16*) added some vital runs at the end of the innings before the side was bowled out for 147 in the 45th over. For England, Anya Shrubsole (3-24) did most of the damage, while Holly Colvin (2-19) was also economical with the ball.
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars bowling attack wasted no time in their bid to claim 10 wickets and secure the victory over their traditional rivals. Megan Schutt (2-37) continued her impressive form this tournament and led the Australian bowling attack out of the blocks, making light work of England’s top-order. She claimed the prized scalps of England captain Charlotte Edwards (8) in the third over and Sarah Taylor (0) in the fifth over. Seventeen-year-old Holly Ferling (3-35) joined the bowling attack in the ninth over and claimed the wicket of Danielle Wyatt (16) with her first ball. Hunter (2-15) then stepped up and dismissed Arran Brindle (1) and Heather Knight (0) in the 10th over, with England falling to 5-38. English pair Lydia Greenway (49) and Laura Marsh (22) tried to gain some traction in their side’s run chase and built a 57-run partnership before Sarah Coyte (1-20) dismissed Marsh leg-before-wicket. The game came right down to the wire before Erin Osborne (1-15) stepped up for the last wicket, with England falling two runs short of the total set by Australia, finishing all out for 145.