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Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars win ICC Women’s World Twenty20 title
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have gone back to back ICC Women’s World Twenty 20 titles after beating England by four runs in a nail biting finish that went down to the last over.
English Captain Charlotte Edwards won the toss and elected to bowl first at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Australian openers Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy (26) got off to a flying start putting on 51 (41b) runs for the first wicket before Lanning was caught and bowled by Holly Colvin for 25.
Player of the Match Jess Cameron, and Lisa Sthalekar (23) also combined nicely for a 51 run partnership for the third wicket, Cameron hit 45 off 34 balls that included one six and five fours.
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars top order stood up to the English bowling challenge and Australia finished their innings 4-142.
Julie Hunter (2-36) claimed the first wicket dismissing England opener Laura Marsh (8), caught and bowled.
Sthalekar claimed the crucial wicket of Edwards, who was also named player of the tournament, caught at deep mid-wicket by Ellyse Perry.
Perry picked up the wicket of English danger women Sarah Taylor (16), caught behind by Australian Captain Fields.
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars kept the pressure on England with the spinners doing the damage. Jess Jonassen (3-25) collected Lydia Greenway, caught magnificently at cover by a diving Alex Blackwell. Sthalekar again bowled superbly, picking up two wickets and finishing the most economical of the Australian bowlers, averaging four runs for her four overs.
The win was all the more sweeter for Fields having missed out on her side’s 2010 victory due to injury.
“I am just so happy right now, words can’t explain the feeling. I know how happy the girls were in the West Indies and to watch that from the couch was definitely hard but today makes everything all worth it.
“I am just so proud of the way the girls played, we kept our heads under pressure and just fought each ball. We knew we had set a decent total, but England are a class side and we had do everything right today to win, and I think we did just that,” Fields said.