Women's World T20 2018

Australia win fourth World T20 trophy

Ash Gardner's three wickets and big hitting help steer Australia to an eight-wicket win

Laura Jolly at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua

25 November 2018, 11:00 PM AEST

Australia romp to fourth World T20 title

The result: England 105 (Wyatt 43, Knight 25; Gardner 3-22) in 19.4 overs lost to Australia 2-106 (Gardner 33*, Lanning 28*; Ecclestone 1-12) in 15.1 overs by eight wickets at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua

Lanning leaps after hitting winning runs // Getty
Lanning leaps after hitting winning runs // Getty

The match in a tweet: THE TROPHY IS AUSTRALIA’S! A magnificent display against England sees Australia win their fourth World T20 title!

The hero: Ashleigh Gardner produced an magnificent all-round game with both bat and ball to be player of the match for the final. When Danielle Wyatt loomed as the key to England’s innings, the off-spinner combined with Meg Lanning to remove the dangerous opener for 43 in the 11th over and from that point England lost 7-41 to be bowled out in the final over. She followed up the Wyatt wicket with the scalps of Anya Shrubsole and captain Heather Knight – just as the England captain as looking to escalate late in the innings – to finish with 3-22 from her four overs.

Ash Gardner applauds after dismissing Heather Knight // Getty
Ash Gardner applauds after dismissing Heather Knight // Getty

Then with the bat, she came to the crease at a tricky stage and made a watchful start, before turning around what has been a quiet tournament to date in brilliant fashion, striking three huge sixes on her way to 33no from 26. She shared an unbeaten 62-run stand with skipper Meg Lanning to see Australia home in the sixteenth over.

Gardner does it all on biggest stage

The young gun: Teenage leg-spinner Georgia Wareham picked up two big wickets, executed a stunning run out and took a catch in an all-round excellent performance in her first major final. Wareham’s direct-hit sent the in-form Amy Jones on her way for four in the fifth over, before she struck twice with the ball; a correct decision to review for lbw removing Lauren Winfield for six, before she bowled Sophia Dunkley with a ripping delivery the following ball. There was no hat-trick for the teenager, but she finished a superb three-over spell with 2-11.

Wareham celebrates her second wicket // Getty
Wareham celebrates her second wicket // Getty

 

The consolation effort: England opener Wyatt had scored just 36 runs in four innings coming into the final but immediately went on the attack, striking a four, then a six, from left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux in the opening over of the match. The flamboyant batter rode her luck, dropped three times by the Australians to post her biggest score of the tournament to date, but she fell short of a half-century when Lanning took an excellent catch to dismiss Wyatt for 43 (37).

The POTT: Alyssa Healy may have posted her lowest score of the tournament in the final, bowled by Sophie Ecclestone for 22, she was by far the form batter of the tournament. She finished the tournament with 225 runs at 56.25, at a strike rate of 144.23, having posted scores of 48, 56no, 53, 46 and 22.

The milestone: An unsuccessful lbw review from Natalie Sciver saw Perry claim her 100th T20I wicket, becoming the first Australian and just the second player to achieve the feat, and crucially sent the dangerous allrounder on her way for one.

Perry celebrates her 100th T20I scalp // Getty
Perry celebrates her 100th T20I scalp // Getty

The DRS: The decision review system, being utilised in a WT20 for the first time, was the cause of some discussion with Sciver adamant she’d got some bat on it but the television umpire found no conclusive evidence to overturn the on-field decision. Then, Australia missed a trick when they chose not to review a caught behind shout, with replays showing Lauren Winfield had top-edged it. But the Australians got one right the following over, Lanning correctly believing Winfield had been trapped lbw by Georgia Wareham.

The next stop: For the Australian players the next stop is Melbourne for the Rebel WBBL Big Weekend. The WBBL|04 season will start with a weekend of festivities at Junction Oval, with all eight teams in action across two days!

Aussies start WT20 final in the field

Australia XI: Mooney, Healy, Gardner, Lanning (c), Villani, Haynes, Perry, Molineux, Kimmince, Wareham, Schutt

England XI: Beaumont, Wyatt, Sciver, Knight (c), Winfield, Jones, Shrubsole, Dunkley, Ecclestone, Hazell, Gordon

2018 ICC Women's World T20  

Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham

November 9: Australia beat Pakistan by 52 runs

November 11: Australia beat Ireland by nine wickets

November 13: Australia beat New Zealand by 33 runs

November 17: Australia lost to India by 48 runs

November 22: Semi-final: Australia beat West Indies by 71 runs

November 24: Final: Australia win by eight wickets