Cricket

Aussies thrash rivals to become World best

Australia has been crowned Twenty20 champions after thumping England by 8 wickets in the World Cup final in Antigua.Australia took on its arch-enemy England in the Twenty20 final at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, on Sunday morning. The last time Australia and England clashed was earlier this year when Australia took out the Twenty20 series 2-1. The English had the upper-hand early when skipper Heather Knight won the toss and elected to bat first. The Aussies’ fielding wasn’t at it’s finest with misfields, overthrows and dropped catches. A notable chance was off the bowling of  Elysse Perry in the 2nd over when the player of the tournament Alyssa Healy dropped an edge from English opener Danni Wyatt. A crucial miss for the Aussies’ as Wyatt went on to score 43 runs off 37 balls. Perry went on to take her 100th wicket in Twenty20 Internationals with the controversial scalp of Natalie Sciver LBW in the 6th over. Sciver reviewed the LBW decision almost immediately, without consultation with partner Wyatt, after it was given but the Third Umpire had inconclusive evidence Sciver inside-edged the ball into her pads. Wyatt received another lifeline when bowler Delissa Kimmince dropped a tough chance off her own bowling, in the 7th over. Kimmince put her cricketing career on hold in 2010 after she “fell out of love” for the game, shortly after she was one of the best bowlers in the Twenty20 World Cup in the same year. Aussie bowler Georgia Wareham was on a hat-trick at the end of the 12th over when she took the vital wickets of Lauren Winfield and Sophia Dunkley but had to wait for an over before she could bowl her unsuccessful hat-trick ball. England set the chase finishing all out for 105 runs, Wyatt the highest scorer with 43 runs of 37 balls, whilst Wareham was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 2/11 off 3 overs. With 106-runs to chase off 120-balls, Healy and opening partner Beth Mooney started Australia’s campaign well with a 28-run partnership before Healy exposed her stumps and was clean bowled by Sophie Ecclestone in the 4th over. 3 overs later, Mooney tried to use the pace of the ball but ended up edging it to England’s wicketkeeper Amy Jones. At the halfway point, Australia was in a commanding lead with 2/58 on the scoreboard and less than a run a ball to finish the final as Twenty20 champions. It only took Ashleigh Gardner and batting partner and captain Meg Lanning a further 6 overs to reach the total set by the English and win their fourth Twenty20 World Cup Trophy. Gardner was announced Player of the Match for her all round performance in the final, whilst Healy took out Player of the Tournament, after four Player of the match awards throughout the tournament. Gardner told the crowd there were plenty of nerves leading into the final. “I was a little nervous last night be we had a lot of confidence after our semi-final performance,” she said.
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