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Slender loss tough to take - Colvin

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Holly Colvin described England’s two-run defeat to Australia in the Women’s World Cup as “absolutely gutting” after the team had worked so hard to stay in the game.

In their first Super Sixes clash, the defending champions slipped to 39 for six chasing a modest 148 for victory.

However, a defiant partnership of 57 between Lydia Greenway, who top-scored with 49, and Laura Marsh kept England hopes alive, and victory remained a possibility even after the ninth wicket fell with 34 still needed.

Under immense pressure, Colvin shepherded England towards their target in the company of number 11 Anya Shrubsole, only to fall with three required.

“For me and Anya to get so close at the end - it couldn’t have been much worse in a way,” Colvin told ecb.co.uk.

Holly Colvin

Holly Colvin had reason to smile when England dismissed Australia cheaply, but the defending champions then fell short chasing 148

“It was absolutely gutting. Lydia and Laura did so well to knuckle down and get us back in the game.”

Although defeat represented a hefty dent to England’s hopes of retaining their 50-over crown, Colvin was able to take consolation from her side’s efforts in taking things down to the wire.

“That showed a lot of guts,” she added.

“In tournaments you need to get yourself over that line and it is about guts and determination, and doing what’s needed.

“The girls showed a lot of fight today. Once we had that partnership and we saw that the Australians were twitching a little bit we thought we were in with a really good chance.”

England’s early struggles with the bat offered a sharp contrast to their display in the field, which was led by Shrubsole and new-ball partner Katherine Brunt.

Australia were initially reduced to 32 for five as Shrubsole struck thrice and Colvin then returned 2-19 from 10 overs as England limited their opponents to a seemingly inadequate total.

“These wickets are pretty good and we have found that 250 has been a good score, so to keep them to 140-odd at halfway we thought we had done a fantastic job,” Colvin explained.

“All credit to Katherine and Anya at the top for taking early wickets and putting them under the pump. Obviously it wasn’t enough at the end of the day, but we would have taken that first half.”

“It’s always nervous in that changing room; I had a much better time out in the middle than I did waiting to bat. It was probably more frustrating for the girls who couldn’t do any more.

“You’re in the moment and you can just see ball and hit ball, where as you’re living every detail from the boundary.”