Southern Stars drop final T20 but win Ashes

01 Sep 2015

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England won the final match of the Women’s Ashes with a five-wicket victory over Australia in the third T20 International overnight, but the Southern Stars won the multi-format campaign 10-6 on points after claiming the ODI series 2-1 and the one-off Test by 161 runs.

England all-rounder Natalie Sciver snared 4-15 and top-scored with 47 to guide England to a consolation victory. Her team mate Anya Shrubsole set up the victory, taking 4-11 from her four overs of big inswingers.

Grace Harris (24) nailed three sixes to push the total over the 100-mark, but the 112 run target was handled fairly comfortably by the home side, winning in the 19th over.

Rene Farrell backed up her Player of the Match effort on Friday with another strong performance with the new ball, taking the key wickets of Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor to reduce England to 3-22, after Ellyse Perry had knocked over Danni Wyatt for a golden duck.

The Southern Stars all-rounder was named Player of the Series for her 264 runs and 16 wickets – the most for either team across all formats.