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Women’s Ashes: Danni Wyatt’s 76 sets up England win in second T20I vs Australia to maintain Ashes hopes | Cricket News

Women’s Ashes: Danni Wyatt’s 76 sets up England win in second T20I vs Australia to maintain Ashes hopes | Cricket News

Danni Wyatt’s knock of 76 from 46 balls laid the foundations for England to win the second T20I against Australia at The Kia Oval and maintain their Ashes hopes.

Wyatt, who shared an opening stand of 57 with Sophia Dunkley, had to spearhead a repair job after England’s middle order crumbled, losing five wickets for 19, including a first-ball duck for captain Heather Knight on her 100th T20 international appearance.

But the home side recovered to post 186-9 and their spinners successfully defended that total, with Sarah Glenn taking 2-27 and Sophie Ecclestone 2-35 to restrict Australia to 183-8 in reply.

England celebrate Sarah Glenn's dismissal of Australia captain Alyssa Healy in the second T20I (PA Images)
England celebrate Sarah Glenn’s dismissal of Australia captain Alyssa Healy

The three-run victory means England now trail Australia 6-2 in the multi-format Ashes series, with the third and final T20I at Lord’s on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 6.30pm.

Danni Wyatt, England (PA Images)
Danni Wyatt underpinned England’s total with 76 from 46 balls

England, who made just one change to the team defeated in the opening match of the series at Edgbaston – with Charlie Dean replacing Freya Davies – were put in again after Alyssa Healy won the toss.

But Dunkley started strongly, taking two early boundaries off Darcie Brown and Wyatt soon followed her lead, lifting spinner Ashleigh Gardner over the top to bring up a 50 partnership in the powerplay.

However, Dunkley – given a life when Tahlia McGrath spilled a skier at cover – eventually departed for 23 from 19, slicing Brown to the same fielder, although she needed a fourth attempt to complete the one-handed grab.

Nat Sciver-Brunt (23 from 18) adopted a pugnacious approach, punching Gardner to the mid-wicket boundary but gave her the charge next ball and holed out to long-on, sparking an England collapse.

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Having deceived Alice Capsey with a slow bouncer, Annabel Sutherland’s next delivery slid away to take Knight’s off stump and she followed it in the next over with a smart diving catch in the deep to dismiss Amy Jones.

With Danielle Gibson also departing cheaply, England were deep in trouble at 119-6 but Wyatt led a fightback, reaching her 12th T20I half-century from 36 balls and rattling four consecutive boundaries as Megan Schutt’s penultimate over disappeared for 25.

Although Wyatt carved Sutherland (3-28) to third man, spirited hitting by Ecclestone (22 from 12) lifted England beyond 180, only for the visitors to respond by racing to 59-0 in the seventh over.

Lauren Bell’s second over cost 17 and Healy’s deft footwork enabled her to deposit Sciver-Brunt over the rope twice in an over as she reached 37 from 19 – but Glenn made the breakthrough, foxing Australia’s skipper with a change of pace.

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Sophie Ecclestone gets her 100th T20 wicket for England, dismissing Ashleigh Gardner with a caught and bowled

That triggered a rush of wickets, with McGrath run out by Dean’s quick thinking at mid-on and Beth Mooney holing out to deep mid-wicket before Ecclestone took a return catch to dismiss Gardner and claim her 100th T20I wicket – the fastest player to that landmark.

Ellyse Perry refused to concede the chase, clubbing Gibson for two commanding fours and gained valiant support from Sutherland (20 from 12) before Georgia Wareham (19 from 11) launched a late assault on Dean.

Australia's Annabel Sutherland celebrates the wicket of Heather Knight during the second T20I at the Kia Oval (PA Images)
Australia’s Annabel Sutherland took two wickets in as many balls, including a beauty to dismiss England captain Heather Knight

But, although Perry (51no) slammed sixes off Ecclestone’s last two deliveries of the game to post an unbeaten half-century from 27 balls, it was not quite enough to shut England out of Ashes contention.

What’s next?

The T20I series decider takes place at Lord’s on Saturday Wednesday (6.35pm start), with live coverage on Sky Sports.

The multi-format series then switches to three one-day internationals, with fixtures at Bristol on Wednesday July 12 (1pm start), the Ageas Bowl on Sunday July 16 (11am start) and Taunton on Tuesday July 18 (1pm start).

Women’s Ashes schedule (all games live on Sky Sports)

  • Test match (Trent Bridge) Thursday June 22 – Monday June 26 – Australia won by 89 runs
  • First T20 international (Edgbaston) – Saturday July 1 – Australia won by 4 wickets
  • Second T20 international (The Kia Oval) – Wednesday July 5 – England won by three runs
  • Third T20 international (Lord’s) – Saturday July 8 (6.35pm start)
  • First one-day international (Bristol) – Wednesday, July 12 (1pm start)
  • Second one-day international (The Ageas Bowl) – Sunday July 16 (11am start)
  • Third one-day international (Taunton) – Tuesday July 18 (1pm start)


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