Australia Women take home ICC Women's World T20
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 17th May 2010
Australia's women cricket team staged one of the most dramatic comebacks in women cricket history as they clinched the final of ICC Women World T20. New Zealand restricted Australia to 106 for 8, but they fell short by four runs to suffer their third loss in a row in a global final.
The young bowler Ellyse Perry took three wickets and held her nerve in a tense last over as Australia beat New Zealand by just three runs. With the Kiwis needing 14 off the last over, Perry didn't give up a boundary as she finished with impressive figures of three wickets for 18 runs from her four overs.
Sophie Devine had rescued New Zealand from a top order collapse to give them a shot at victory. New Zealand, chasing a modest 107 for victory after holding their rivals to 108 for six, slumped to 29 for four inside eight overs. New Zealand skipper Aimee Watkins fell first, caught at short midwicket off Clea Smith. Sara McGlashan was run out for just one after a dreadful mix-up with Suzie Bates.
Bates herself was out for 18 as she lobbed a catch to mid-off. The Kiwis slumped further as Amy Sattherthwaite was clean bowled for four. Wickets continued to tumble as Rachel Priest holed out for five off left-arm spinner Shelley Nitschke to leave New Zealand in dire straits at 36 for five off 11 overs.
However, Devine and Nicola Browne held firm and, with three overs left, New Zealand needed 33 to win. But when Perry had Browne caught behind cutting for 20, New Zealand were 77 for six. However, Devine struck Rene Farrell for four and six off the last two balls of the 19th over and that left New Zealand with 14 to win, off the final over from Perry. A single got Devine back on strike and she then took several twos to leave the target down to seven off the last two balls. Another two left the Kiwis needing five off the last ball but they could only manage a single.
Earlier, Browne rocked Australia with a new-ball burst of two wickets for 11 runs in four straight overs during an innings where the top score was Leah Poulton's 20. Browne forced opener Ellyse Villani (six) to spoon a drive to cover and then dismissed Australia captain Alex Blackwell for nought, with the aid of a fine catch in the gully by Sophie Devine. The late stand of 27 between Sarah Elliott and Lisa Sthalekar was the crucial difference between the two sides..