England wins women’s Ashes dead rubber

Australia’s women have lost the battle but won the war, having been beaten by a Nathalie Scriver-inspired England by five wickets in the final match of the Ashes.


Australia had already clinched the Ashes with Friday’s Twenty20 win, meaning Meg Lanning’s team had little to gain in Cardiff on Monday.

They were then flattened by a brilliant opening spell from England quick Anya Shrubsole, who destroyed the top order and took the first four wickets of the day.

The 23-year-old finished with 4-11, having sparked an Australian top-order collapse which left them 4-25 in the sixth over.

Australia recovered to post 111, with Scriver chipping in with 4-15.

But the target was easily chased down by England – with Scriver again proving the star, hitting a composed 47 to steer the home side to 5-114 with 11 balls to spare.

The win ensures England wins the T20 series 2-1, but following Australia’s success in both the one-off Test match and the 2-1 one-day series win, the Ashes urn is heading south.

Australia, who successfully defended 107 in Hove on Friday to win the Ashes, were given a brief spark of hope when Ellyse Perry struck in the first over to clean bowl Danielle Wyatt for a golden duck.

Renee Farrell (2-11) followed suit with two wickets in her first two overs, but from 3-22 England showed nerves of steel to dig their way out of trouble.

Scriver added 55 with Katherine Brunt (19) and 29 with Lydia Greenway (13 not out), slugging two fours and a six in her 44-ball knock.

In a chanceless innings, it took a special piece of fielding from Australian keeper Alyssa Healy, who ripped the glove off and threw the stumps to end her knock with the finish line in sight.

Australia won the series 10-6, with the Test match worth four points and each of the limited overs fixtures worth two each.