The Women’s One-Day International Series between the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars and England finished level at 2-2 after Australia won today’s fifth and final game at the SCG by 41 runs.
Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars captain Karen Rolton won the toss and elected to bat with her side posting a challenging 9/211 from their 50 overs. Openers Alex Blackwell and Shelley Nitschke were the mainstays of the innings scoring 61 and 50 respectively.
In reply the English were bowled out for 170 in the 47th over. Captain Charlotte Edwards top scored for the second day in a row with 44, while Lydia Greenway provided good support with 42. For the Australians Kirsten Pike was outstanding in the middle overs, removing Greenway and Nicky Shaw to finish with 2/27 from 10 overs. Emma Sampson finished with 2/30 from 8.3 overs while Player of the Series Ellyse Perry took 3/30 from eight overs.
Today’s result means the series finishes at 2-2 after Thursday’s third match at Drummoyne Oval was washed out. As such, the two teams share the trophy.
Both sides now turn their attention to the all-important Ashes Test match at the Bradman Oval in Bowral (February 15-18). After losing the last series in 2005, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars need to win the match to reclaim the trophy. The team will travel Bowral on Wednesday afternoon.
Play in the Test match starts at 10:30am and entry to the match is free.