England women leave best for last

Lydia Greenway

Lydia Greenway hits out en route to an impressive half-century as England end the three-match one-day series on a high

England women will take some momentum into the forthcoming Twenty20 series after winning the third and final one-dayer against Australia by seven wickets.

Two down in the series and chasing 213 for consolation victory, captain Charlotte Edwards hit the winning run to finish unbeaten on 48 while Lydia Greenway was awarded player of the match for her 59 as England cruised home with two overs remaining.

Adopting a more positive approach when they batted than on Friday, England openers Heather Knight and Danielle Wyatt sauntered along with few problems against the new ball.

Wyatt was particularly aggressive, advancing down the wicket to Rene Farrell before punching the seamer past mid-on as England pottered along at five-an-over.

But Wyatt's breezy knock of 30, her highest in England colours, came to an abrupt end in the 10th over when she was sent back attempting a quick single and comfortably run out.

Despite the setback, new batsman Greenway maintained the same tempo and found the boundary at will.

Charging Shelley Nitschke's first ball and hitting over the top for four, Greenway hit a pair of sweetly timed reverse sweeps to the ropes as she overtook her batting partner. The fifty partnership arrived soon after.

The pair had put on 66 when Knight became the second wicket to fall, caught by Farrell as she attempted to hit Lisa Sthalekar over the top.

In-form Edwards joined Greenway at the crease and immediately stamped her authority with two boundaries, a square cut off Erin Osbourne and a thumping pull off Ellyse Perry.

Greenway enjoyed two moments of good fortune before she reached her fifty. After being dropped by Sarah Coyte at backward square leg, the Kent left-hander dragged a pull shot off Perry onto her stumps, only for the umpire to signal a no-ball.

Greenway made no mistake from the next delivery, crunching Perry through midwicket to register her sixth one-day half-century.

She departed soon after, however, chipping Rachael Haynes to long-off where Leah Poulton took the catch to leave England 160 for three in the 38th over.

Edwards, sensing a lift in Australia's spirits, cracked a pull shot for four off Coyte to allay any nerves in the tourists' changing room.

Laura Marsh

Laura Marsh returned excellent figures of 1-23 after bowling unchanged for 10 overs

Jenny Gunn, batting with a runner, was typically beligerent as she and the captain took England towards victory with a fifty-run partnership.

It was left to Edwards, whose tally of 188 this series was comfortably the highest on either side, to knock off the winning run, pumping her fist as she cantered to the other end.

On a blisteringly hot morning in Perth where temperatures were predicted to touch 35 degrees, England were sent into the field after losing the toss.

In stark contrast to Friday's one-sided contest, where Australia chased 215 for the loss of just one wicket, England smartened up their act and took early wickets.

Boosted by news that opener Meg Lanning was being rested - the 18-year-old smashed a wonderful century two days earlier - the tourists struck twice in the first seven overs with Isa Guha celebrating both times.

The first came in the third over when Alyssa Healy cut straight to gully where Gunn snaffled a sharp catch, then Poulton followed four overs later, caught by Holly Colvin after an ugly heave to mid-on.

Gunn got in on the act in the 15th over when the dangerous Nitschke picked out Laura Marsh at square leg to leave the famous scoreboard reading 44 for three.

At the Lillee Marsh Stand End the miserly Marsh toiled away without much luck - a number of close LBW shouts were turned down - but the off-spinner finally got her rewards when she pinned Alex Blackwell in front. The 24-year-old finished with fine figures of 1-23.

It was soon 75 for five when Danielle Hazell, replacing Marsh to continue the spin ploy from one end, induced Haynes to edge behind to Lauren Griffiths.

Sthalekar and Jessica Cameron counter-attacked with an entertaining 65-run stand but their fun came to an end when Edwards struck with the final ball of her first over. Aiming another big hit into the leg side, Cameron drilled straight to mid-on where Hazell held on.

The aggressive Sthalekar, who was dropped at long-on by Fran Wilson, threatened to undo all of England's good work with a handful of lusty boundaries. But, having reached 60, she carved Colvin powerfully at Guha who accepted the chance at midwicket.

The innings came to an end in a flurry of run-outs. Farrell went first, slipping as she attempted a single to Colvin, followed by Coyte and Osbourne who both unwisely took on Greenway's rocket-propelled arm.