England beat Australia in women's T20 quadrangular final
Women's quadrangular T20 final, Rose Bowl: England 132-9 (20 overs) beat Australia 116-8 (20 ovs) by 16 runs (scorecard)
Third/fourth place play-off, Aldershot: India 96-7 (19.5 ovs) beat New Zealand 95-7 (20 ovs) by three wickets (scorecard)
England won the Twenty20 women's quadrangular tournament with an assured performance against Australia.
After a steady start with the bat, England accelerated through an excellent 53-run stand for the sixth wicket off just 31 balls between Lydia Greenway (48) and Arran Brindle (18).
Australia then had to score 133 to win and they struggled on a used Rose Bowl wicket taking considerable turn.
Lisa Sthalekar hit a battling 43 from 37 balls, but England won by 16 runs.
Australia skipper Jodie Fields won the toss, and was happy to chase on the same wicket that had staged the drawn Test match between England's men and Sri Lanka.
Despite a fluid 21 from skipper Charlotte Edwards, England found themselves losing wickets and not hitting enough boundaries: they were 76-5 after 14.2 overs with off-spinner Erin Osborne (2-21) among those causing problems.
But player of the match Greenway knuckled down to the task, combining some meaty blows with some deft deflections, and with some busy support from Brindle the two put up a decent score of 132-9.
Holly Colvin Player of the series
“We wanted to take pace off the ball and make it hard for them to hit boundaries on a slow wicket with big boundaries”
England spinners Holly Colvin (2-16) and Laura Marsh (1-20) soon had Australia in desperate trouble in the early part of their chase at 37-4 from 8.2 overs.
Sthalekar and Alex Blackwell (33) put some pressure on the hosts by adding 73 from 64 balls. But the required rate remained formidable thanks to some fine fielding from the England boundary fielders.
With 38 wanted from the last three overs, Australia retained a chance. But the 18th over, from Danielle Hazell, was an accurate one and England won amid a flurry of late run-outs.
Greenway said: "We managed to get just about enough runs. Arran and I reckoned we had a bit of a licence to hit a few shots over the closing overs."
Colvin was player of the series, and commented: "It was good to have a few spinners to help us win the match. We wanted to take pace off the ball and make it hard for them to hit boundaries on a slow wicket with big boundaries."
Edwards said: "I don't think we've been at our best in this series, but I've been speaking to the team about winning when not playing our best cricket."
In the third place play-off at Aldershot, India's women beat New Zealand by three wickets.
Meanwhile, it was announced pace bowler Isa Guha would join the England squad in Derby on Tuesday ahead of the quadrangular series 50-over competition starting on 30 June. She replaces Anya Shrubsole, who has a knee ligament injury.
Then, on Wednesday, Staffordshire all-rounder Georgia Elwiss was called up after England vice-captain Jenny Gunn was forced to withdraw with a back injury.