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Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars beaten by England in final pool match
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have lost to England in their final ICC Women's Twenty20 pool match by seven wickets.
Captain Jodie Fields won the toss and elected to bat in very warm conditions at Galle International Cricket Stadium.
Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning opened the batting for Australia with Lanning hitting a solid 39 off 31 balls, including seven fours, before she was caught on the boundary line by Danielle Wyatt off the bowling of Anya Shrubsole.
Jess Cameron contributed 17 to the tally before she was bowled by Laura Marsh.
Lisa Sthalekar (38) and Alex Blackwell (27) combined for a quality 54 run fourth wicket partnership and both looked comfortable with the bat.
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars ended their innings with a respectable 144 for England to chase down.
Australia applied the pressure early and Julie Hunter was the first to strike with the ball dismissing Marsh (8) in the second over, caught behind by Fields.
Jess Jonassen picked up the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars second wicket, dismissing England Captain Charlotte Edwards (16), caught on the circle at midwicket by Sthalekar.
Fields took a stunning one-handed catch behind the wicket to send Arran Brindle (15) back to the dug-out off the bowling of Ellyse Perry.
It wasn't to be Australia's day though, and England's Sarah Taylor, the number one ranked women's T20 batter, played a great innings hitting 65 off 53 balls to help England hit the target with 11 balls remaining.
Fields said she was disappointed with the loss today.
"It felt like we were right in the match right up until the last couple of overs. Our batting innings went the way we wanted it to do, we aimed for 140 and we got that target.
"We have a really strong batting order and we can bat from one to eleven and I was really happy with the batting performance today," she said.
"I guess we need to come out of this loss now and train hard over the next two days and look towards the next match.
"The West Indies are a strong team and we were lucky enough to play them in a warm-up match which gave us an idea about how we can play against them," Fields added.
Australia will play the West Indies in the second semi-final on October 5, that match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 3 in Australia with the match starting at 2.30pm local time.
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are supported by the Australian Government's Women in Sport Media Grant program, which is designed to increase the profile of women's sport through increased media coverage.
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