Sciver stars in England victory – but Aussies take Ashes

Natalie Sciver added a mature innings of 47 to her first innings figures of 4/15, as England cruised to a five wicket triumph over Australia at The SSE SWALEC.

Charlotte Edwards’ team had already surrended the Women’s Ashes but picked up a confidence-boosting win in the final match of their Ashes summer.

Earlier, Anya Shrubsole’s 4/11 had restricted Australia to just 111 all out – a score that proved to be well short of par on a good looking SSE SWALEC pitch. England then reached 114/5 with 11 balls to spare to take a consolation victory thanks to Sciver, who was ably supported by Katherine Brunt (17) and Lydia Greenway (20*).

Sciver’s fourth wicket partnership of 55 off 54 balls with Brunt ensured the victory for England, but it was Australia’s Meg Lanning who collected the trophy after the Southern Stars’ 10-6 points win.

Defeats for England in the only Test at Canterbury and at Hove in last week’s T20 proved costly but the Cardiff crowd today were royally entertained by an impressive performance from the hosts, not least Sciver whose all-round attributes were clear for all to see.

IN PICTURES: Crowds royally entertained during first leg of today’s double-header

Brighten up your day at the Fosters fan zone🍹⚾️ #engvsaus

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Wonderbrass entertaining this morning's crowd ahead of the T20 double header

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Impressive acrobats entertain the crowd #engvsaus

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Steven Finn arriving at the stadium #ENGvAUS

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Shrubsole helps England restrict Australia

An astonishing spell of 4/11 in four overs by England’s Anya Shrubsole helped the hosts restrict the Australia to 111 in the Women’s IT20 at The SSE SWALEC.

Shrubsole, who twice took two wickets in an over, dismissed Aussie skipper Meg Lanning, as well as Elyse Villani, Jess Jonnassen and Jess Cameron in four frugal overs on a cloudly Cardiff morning. Her heroics meant the Southern Stars were just 25/4 at the end of the six-over powerplay.

Ellyse Perry offered some resistance before departing for 16 when she was bowled by Natalie Sciver, before tourists’ vice-captain Alex Blackwell led a mini-revival with a gritty knock of 24 off 31 balls. When Georgia Elwiss caught Blackwell to give Sciver a second wicket, Australia were in trouble at 68/6.

Young batter Grace Harris then gave the Australian innings with a late cameo of 24 off 14 balls – including three towering sixes – before Sciver took a couple more to ensure Australia’s score remained within England’s reach. Sciver finished with 4/15 off her four overs.

Consecutive wickets for Becky Grundy then finished off the Australian innings in the final over.

Selection of best tweets from this morning

We pick out a few of your tweets @GlamCricket as England’s women took to the field against Australia.