Aussie women top T20
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
Australia compensated for their men's demise by producing a resilient display to turn back New Zealand by three runs and win the Women's World Twenty20 Championship in a low-scoring final here yesterday.
Choosing to bat first, Australia's batting flopped and they could only eke out a paltry 106 for eight off their 20 overs at Kensington Oval.
With victory expected to be a mere formality, New Zealand spectacularly came apart at the seams and could only muster 103 for six from their allotted overs to suffer their second loss in as many years in a World T20 final.
They required 14 off the last over but could only manage 10 as Sophie Devine's last ditch unbeaten 38 failed to get them over the line.
The women's victory made up for their male counterparts' disappointing loss to England in the preceding final and left their fans with at least something to celebrate.
A positive outcome seemed farfetched when Australia crashed to 51 for five in the 13th over after fast bowler Nicola Browne struck early telling blows.
Staring at a total of perhaps under 100, Australia were then helped by two key small partnerships as they got past three figures.
Sarah Elliott, who was busy in scoring 19 form 20 balls, partnered with Alicia Healy, who scored a run-a-ball 10, to post 21 for the sixth wicket before Elliott and Lisa Sthalekar (18) added a further 27 for the seventh wicket.
What should have been an uncomplicated run-chase quickly turned into a quagmire for the Kiwis.