England fail to repeat semi-final feat

Karen Rolton

Powerful Karen Rolton hits out in her 43 as Australia posted 151 for three against England in their Twenty20 international

Australia exacted revenge on England for their ICC World Twenty20 semi-final defeat in the one-off women’s NatWest Twenty20 international at Derby.

England saw off their Ashes opponents by eight wickets last Friday at The Oval and went on to thrash New Zealand in the final at Lord’s on Sunday.

However, Charlotte Edwards’ side could not repeat the trick today as Australia comfortably defended 151 for three, by 34 runs, after new captain Jodie Fields chose to bat first in glorious conditions.

Openers Leah Poulton, who made 33 from 22 balls, and Shelley Nitschke, who added 32 from 25, helped Australia to a flying start. Poulton was first out from the final ball of the sixth over with 55 on the board.

England applied the brakes as seamer Nicky Shaw and left-arm spinner Holly Colvin limited Alex Blackwell to 18 from 23.

However, some sloppy fielding combined with fine batting from Karen Rolton, who struck 43 from 37 having handed over the captaincy to Fields, and Lauren Ebsary, who smashed 24 from 13, allowed Australia to add 50 from 32 balls for the third wicket.

England’s reply suffered early setbacks with openers Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards back in the hutch with only 17 on the board.

Rene Farrell & Sarah Taylor

Seamer Rene Farrell celebrates sending opener Sarah Taylor on her way for one as England fell 34 short at Derby today

That brought last Friday’s heroines Claire Taylor and Beth Morgan together but they could not repeat the feat, falling for 31 and 20 respectively. Both faced 23 deliveries.

England struggled to find the boundary thereafter as Lydia Greenway was stumped for a run-a-ball 19 and Jenny Gunn holed out in the deep for six.

Ebony Rainford-Brent, in for Caroline Atkins, made a valiant 23 not out from 17 but England closed on a disappointing 117 for six.

Seamer Rene Farrell starred with 2-16 and off-spinner Erin Osborne claimed 2-24, both from four overs. They proved fine replacements for Lisa Sthalekar and Jessica Cameron.

England’s other change from Sunday’s final was Isa Guha for fellow seamer Katherine Brunt. Next up are five one-day internationals and the single Test in which they will defend the Ashes.