Cricket Australia Items/news/2012/10/8/stars

Stars retain World T20 crown

UPDATED 13 February, 2013 11:58AM AEST | by Omnisport

Australia are the women's World Twenty20 champions after beating old rival England in the final in Colombo by four runs on Sunday.

Danielle Hazell needed a six off the last delivery to hand England the title but could not loft a full toss off Erin Osborne, allowing Australia to defend their title.

England needed an improbable 42 runs off the last four overs in search of 143 and came within striking distance thanks to the enterprise of tail-enders Jenny Gunn and Hazell.

Gunn landed a couple of telling blows in the third-to-last over with a four and a six to inch England closer but glanced to deep fine leg from the next ball to provide Jess Jonassen with an easy catch.

While Australia always looked in control, Hazell carved out 16 from 13 balls, including a boundary off the last delivery of the 19th over, to give England hope.

Openers Charlotte Edwards (28 runs) and Laura Marsh (eight) started promisingly but Australia, unlike England, were able to take wickets at regular intervals, with Jonassen finishing with 3-25.

It was only England's second defeat of the year but winning was always going to be a big ask after Australia posted 4-142.

Openers Meg Lanning (25) and Alyssa Healy (26) set the platform for Australia as each of their five batters made a meaningful start.

Jess Cameron top scored with 45 off 34 deliveries, a knock that proved the difference between the two sides in the end.

Holly Colvin took 2-21 for England but the wickets were too scarce during Australia's innings.

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First Posted 08 October, 2012 7:57AM AEST

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