Colvin praises gritty Greenway

Holly Colvin spoke exclusively after England beat Australia in the opening Twenty20

Holly Colvin paid tribute to Lydia Greenway after the Kent batter led England women to a four-wicket victory over Australia in the first Twenty20 international at the Adelaide Oval.

Greenway cracked 39 not out from 27 balls as the tourists overhauled Australia’s total of 140 for five with 10 balls to spare to claim an early lead in the five-match series.

The 25-year-old had guided England over the line with a classy half-century in last week’s final one-day international between the two sides.

And Colvin, who claimed 2-21 today, was quick to salute the character of her team-mate.

The spinner told “I think it was always going to be a tight game but Lyd did really well to see us over the line.

“She is performing really well at the moment. She’s level-headed and you always know that you will get the best performance out of her in a tough situation.

“She’s been a rock in the middle order and long may it continue. It was good to see her perform well.”

England did suffer a couple of scares en route to victory, not least when they slipped to 124 for six in the closing stages of their chase.

However, Colvin insists they were always confident of coming out on top.

Holly Colvin

Colvin returned figures of 2-21 to help England to a four-wicket win in Adelaide, the first of five Twenty20s in a week

“There’s always going to be nerves coming to the end of a match, but we do have strength in depth in our batting order and we always believe we can get ourselves over the line, no matter who’s at the crease,” she added.

Colvin was satisfied with England’s display today, which saw them gain the upper hand ahead of the second match of the series at the MCG on Friday, where they will once again play before their male counterparts.

“It’s great, first up, to get 1-0 in the series,” she said. “It was a fantastic win.

“They’ve got some pretty explosive batters and I don’t think the bowlers will feel they bowled as well as they should have done up front, but we did really well to tie them down in the middle and reduce them to 140.

“Then we just had to be positive; 140 would be the sort of score we would look to set, so we were happy to chase it.

“We needed to show intent up front and we got off to a great start and just accumulated from there.”

Colvin was also pleased to claim the key wickets of Shelley Nitschke and Leah Poulton, albeit in slightly fortuitous fashion.

Nitshcke pulled a full toss straight to deep midwicket, where Greenway took a fine catch on the run, and Poulton also fell victim to a loose delivery as Colvin held on to a sharp caught-and-bowled chance above her head.

When asked about her first scalp, a smiling Colvin replied: “It wasn’t exactly the way I would have liked the wicket to come, but they all count in the scorebook and Lydia backed me up really well with a solid catch so I’ll take it.

“Shelley has been really good for the last few years opening up for them so to get an early wicket was really helpful."

Of her second wicket, she added: “It all sort of came in a flurry really. I tried to change it up with an arm ball and it didn’t quite go to plan, but I backed it up with a good catch.

“I do pride myself on my fielding off my own bowling. It’s something that I’ve really been working on, especially in Twenty20 cricket. It’s a necessary thing to be able to field off your own bowling.

“I will definitely treasure that one for a while.”