England win double

England's captain Alastair Cook plays a reverse shot

England’s captain Alastair Cook plays a reverse shot

England have claimed the Men’s and Women’s Twenty20 game against Australia at Cardiff last night.

The Men’s team won by five runs despite Steve Smith’s 90 runs from 53 balls. Chasing 183, Australia slipped to 2-12 before a 112-run stand between Smith and Glen Maxwell (44). Australia lost 6/51 in six overs to fall short. David Willey took 2/34  from four overs.

Earlier, England posted 5/182 from 20 overs, with Eoin Morgan (72) and Moeen Ali (72*) compiling 135 for the third wicket. Patrick Cummins (2/25 from four overs) was Australia’s best bowler.

While they lost the Ashes, the England Women’s team had a consolation T20 series win. Chasing 112, England reached 5/114 with 11 balls to spare. Natalie Sciver scored 47 while Rene Farrell took 2/14 from four overs. Sciver helped England recover from 3/22 after 3.4 overs while Anya Shrubsole took 4/11 in Australia’s innings.

Australia’s innings was populated by unfulfilled starts, with Alexandra Blackwell (24) and Grace Harris (24) the only batters to pass 20 runs.

While the Women’s Ashes has finished, the Men begin a five-match ODI series starting Thursday.


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