Women's World T20 final: England v Australia as it happened

England lose by four runs to Australia in a thrilling final of the Women's World Twenty20 in Colombo.

7 October 2012 Last updated at 13:31

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  1. 1321: 

    Jodie Fields collects the ICC Women's World Twenty20 trophy and is drenched with champagne by her teammates as a few ICC fireworks are blasted into the Colombo sky. While they begin the celebrations, we're going to leave it there for the women's tournament - congratulations Australia, commiserations England, but I think you'll agree that a high-scoring, close game going to the last ball was an excellent advert for women's cricket.

    But the action from Colombo is far from over - as we've got the men's final between hosts Sri Lanka and West Indies coming up. Play will start at 1430 BST, Test Match Special will be back on air from 1400 and we'll be coming off the long run from about 1350 to bring you all the build-up.

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    Australia captain Jodie Fields: "I love this team, whenever you put on this jersey you expect to fight hard and we did that today. England played a really good match, but we had belief in the team and wanted to give a disciplined performance, which I think we did. We've worked for this over the last two years and just to be here like this is awesome."

  3. 1316: 

    Charlotte Edwards (172 runs at an average of 43) is player of the tournament.

    "It's not really much consolation, I'd much rather be lifting the other cup. I'm always trying to improve as a player, and I didn't come into the tournament with a huge number of runs but I love playing in the sub-continent and I've still got a huge hunger for the game."

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    Player of the match Jess Cameron: "The knee still hurts a bit, I don't think I gave Charlotte enough credit for how hard she hits the ball! As a team it was a good all-round performance."

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    England captain Charlotte Edwards: "I'm very proud of them. For the last 18 months, we've worked towards this - the character of our team showed towards the end. We didn't bowl well enough up front and then lost too many wickets - it wasn't our day but Australia were the better side. I wouldn't change my decision to bowl first as we saw the girls at the bottom of the order can hit the ball out of the park. Thanks to all our supporters and sorry we couldn't bring the trophy home. It's been a great spectacle for women's cricket, which was the main thing, and the best team won."

  6.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Test Match Special

    "My gut feeling is that Charlotte Edwards will get through the World Cup next year, then she may spend a year or two blooding the next captain, whoever that may be, but I don't think she'll make it through to the next [2017] World Cup."

  7.   
    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "I can see the chairman of the ECB down there, and you can even tell from here that he's trying to disguise the depth of his disappointment. Despite all the hype about England being favourites, they've been outplayed."

  8.  

    James Tew on Twitter: "Ladies did well, but the Aussies hold the Cup - hoping that Sri Lanka can beat the Windies."

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    Australia spinner Erin Osborne on bowling the last over: "I was just trying to execute the plen to bowl four yorkers, but I bowled one at the head which wasn't great - sorry Holly!"

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Test Match Special

    "I agree to an extent about the toss - consistency of selection and tactics have helped England's success but in the end there were only four runs in it. I don't think England were 100% on the mark today, the bowlers didn't quite bowl to their plans and the batters weren't great at rotating the strike. It's great for women's cricket to get an exciting final to get to the last ball, so well done to the lower order for keeping England in it."

  11.   
    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "If you're super-critical of England, they were playing their own game rather than playing the conditions, although their record's been fantastic. I don't think we'll see whoever wins the toss in the men's game putting the opposition in."

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    Australia's Alex Blackwell: "We just like to test our young bowlers with these close finishes! Erin Osborne did well to bowl that last over, Jodie Fields missed out on leading our team in 2010 because of injury so this one's for her."

  13.   
    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Australia seized on the opportunity of batting first - they got off to such a good start, the target was always going to take some chasing. There was some brave batting by England at the end, but they couldn't manage a major innings. Australia always looked in charge from about 10 overs in. England have had the burden of being favourites, but on the day they were beaten by a better side."

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    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    AUSTRALIA WIN THE WORLD TWENTY20 BY FOUR RUNS AND RETAIN THE TROPHY

  15. 20 overs: 
    Eng 138-9

    Anya Shrubsole in as non-striker, Hazell heaves at a low full toss but can only pick out the mid-wicket fielder on the bounce and they can only run one - Australia win by four runs.

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    So, England need six to win.

  17. 19.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Colvin run out 8 (Eng 137-9) (TARGET 143)

    Hazell drives down the ground, Colvin has to come back for the second and is run out going for it...

  18. 19.4 overs: 
    Eng 136-8 (TARGET 143)

    Hazell blasts one straight through extra cover and they run two more. Seven from two needed... or six for a super over!

  19. 19.3 overs: 
    Eng 134-8 (TARGET 143)

    Hazell takes two down the leg side. Nine from three, or eight for a super-over.

  20. 19.2 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 132-8 (TARGET 143)

    A low full toss is cracked into the covers by Colvin, and is dropped at extra cover by Jonassen! 11 needed from four.

  21. 19.1 overs: 
    Eng 131-8 (TARGET 143)

    Fields swaps a couple of fielders over. High full toss is pulled into the leg side, that must be a no-ball for height, and is! England run two - and will need 12 from five.

  22. 19.1 overs: 
    Eng 128-8 (TARGET 143)

    So, Erin Osborne to bowl. Hazell can only sweep the first ball for a single. 15 needed from five.

  23.   
    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "That boundary just brings them a glimmer. The last over will be bowled by Osborne, who's rather inexperienced."

  24. 19 overs: 
    Eng 127-8 (TARGET 143)

    Ellyse Perry to bowl the penultimate over as Holly Colvin joins Hazell at the crease. Hazell can't get the first ball away but lofts the second for a single to long-off. 22 needed from 10 balls. Colvin tucks a single to mid-wicket, Hazell drills one to long-on. 20 needed from eight. Colvin swings and misses as Australia manage a priceless dot ball, then Colvin smacks Perry over her head for a first-bounce four. England will need 16 to win from the last over. Or 15 to set up a Champagne Super Over!

  25.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Test Match Special

    "They should just go for it. Just swing. You don't want to die wondering."

  26. 18 overs: 
    WICKET- Gunn c Jonassen b Hunter 19 (Eng 120-8)

    Gunn on strike, England need boundaries, she swings and misses at the first ball of Hunter's last over before pushing a quick single to mid-off. Hazell hoists a four over mid-off, Fields rotates her field and Hazell carves a single to mid-wicket. 29 needed from 14. Gunn smashes Hunter down the ground, that's six! "At this point, I think England would take the super over," notes Vic Marks on TMS. Gunn sweeps Hunter's last ball... and is caught at short fine leg. England will need 23 from two overs, with eight wickets down.

  27. 17 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 108-7 (TARGET 143)

    Danielle Hazell is the new batter, she dabs a single to backward point and you sense Jenny Gunn has England's last hopes resting on her shoulders here. Jonassen spins a wide down the leg side and past Fields as they scamper two. Gunn moves to 11 with a single, Hazell rotates the strike, Gunn blasts a hard return catch to the bowler and is dropped, Jonassen wringing her hand in agony as she finishes with 3-25 from her four overs. England need 35 from 18 balls.

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    Sam Burton on Twitter: "Let's not sugar-coat it, we wouldn't with the men, the England team have choked."

  29. 16.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Brunt b Jonassen 3 (Eng 101-7)

    Jonassen in for her last over, Brunt goes for a big shot and loses her off stump.

  30. 16 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 101-6 (TARGET 143)

    Julie Hunter back into the attack, Brunt drills a single to long-off and Hunter helps England's score along with a wide before Gunn skies the ball over the covers, Alex Blackwell's underneath this, there's no way she'll drop this after taking that blinder last over... but she drops it! And the ball smacks her on the chin for good measure. Gunn and Brunt plunder some ones and twos, while Gunn - who needs to evoke the spirit of her European Cup-winning footballing father Bryn to rouse England here - hoists a four through mid-wicket to bring up the England hundred. 10 from the over means 42 are needed from 24 balls.

  31. 15 overs: 
    Eng 91-6 (TARGET 143)

    Katherine Brunt is the new batter, "she's got big shots in her" according to Ebony Rainford-Brent, she opens with a leg bye and indeed, Brunt scored 35 from 30 balls against West Indies at Arundel on the last occasion she picked up a bat in a match. Trouble is, England need 52 from 30 balls...

  32. 14.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Wyatt c Blackwell b Jonassen 9 (Eng 90-6)

    A mix-up nearly sees Wyatt run out, Gunn doubles her score with a single, Wyatt hits another to move to nine from nine balls. Gunn clubs a single, but it's all over for Wyatt as Alex Blackwell pulls off a stunning catch diving forward at extra cover! Aussies have to be overwhelming favourites now. Hang on, has she grounded that catch? Third umpire is having a look... and Billy Bowden's crooked finger of doom means Wyatt has to go.

  33. 14 overs: 
    Eng 87-5 (TARGET 143)

    Jenny Gunn is the new batter, and she's not had much batting lately - her sum total at this tournament was one not out against Pakistan in England's opening game, plus three DNBs. Gunn is off the mark with a single, so Sthalekar finishes with 2-16 from four.

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    Dirk Nannes, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm quietly confident for Australia now. In fact, I'm confident."

  35. 13.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Brindle b Sthalekar 13 (Eng 86-5)

    Jess Cameron, who was injured in the first over, is back on the field at long-on, as Sthalekar returns to complete her spell - Wyatt hits into the deep and they run three as a tumbling stop prevents a boundary. Couple of singles are added, then Brindle is bowled attempting a sweep shot.

  36.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Test Match Special

    "This partnership is crucial as they can both run well, and if they can keep England in the game and get it close, then Jenny Gunn and Katherine Brunt can come in and hit some big sixes at the end."

  37. 13 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 81-4 (TARGET 143)

    Jonassen, bowling slow left-arm round, tosses it up to Brindle and Wyatt who manage four singles but that won't be enough for England... the last ball is a full toss which Brindle blasts towards long-on, where she is dropped by Alyssa Healy running round the boundary and the ball goes for four. Uncle Ian won't be pleased...

  38.   
    Alison Mitchell, BBC Test Match Special

    "The run rate is pushing up towards nine an over, but you never know... England need to find some boundaries though."

  39. 12 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 73-4 (TARGET 143)

    Australia keep Perry's last over up their sleeves and turn back to Osborne's off-spin - Wyatt is off the mark with a single, Brindle rotates the strike, then Wyatt goes for the reverse slog-sweep it bounces past the keeper as they run two byes. Wyatt chips a single over the bowler's head - Osborne may have got a fingertip to it - and Brindle guides a single through the covers. Wyatt is hit on the pad as she reverse-hits, but umpire Erasmus is unmoved.

  40. 11 overs: 
    Eng 67-4 (TARGET 143)

    Danielle Wyatt joins Brindle at the crease, so England have two new batters in. Brindle cuts a four through the covers.

  41. 10.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Greenway c Hunter b Jonassen 4 (Eng 63-4)

    Arran Brindle is the new batter, Greenway pushes at new bowler Jess Jonassen, a slow left-armer, and they run a leg bye - but Greenway is fortunate not to be run out as she doesn't run her bat in properly and the throw hits the stumps - thankfully for England, the bat is grounded just before the stumps are broken. Brindle's off the mark with a single, but England are reeling when Greenway hoists one into the air over deep mid-wicket and Perry takes another catch.

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    From Matthew Wright in York, TMS inbox: "How come the women get so much more swing than the men? Is it a different type of ball? I know the weight is different, but surely that doesn't have an impact on movement, does it?"

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    Dirk Nannes, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a massive blow. She was playing so beautifully and only got a feather on that edge, but Australia were delighted as Taylor is one of the giants of the game. And I'm still shaking my head at the decision to bowl first - in a final, you need runs on the board."

  44. 10 overs: 
    WICKET- Taylor c FIelds b Perry 19 (Eng 61-3)

    No sign of a fifth Aussie bowler yet as Ellyse Perry returns to the attack - "her action is a bit of Brett Lee with a bit of Glenn McGrath", notes Aggers, who is impressed with how classically side-on she gets - Taylor knocks a single, Greenway rotates the strike with a leg bye and Taylor steps down the pitch to pull a bouncer for four through square leg. A two takes her to 19, but then she chases a wide one and nicks to the overjoyed keeper Fields. Big, big blow for England.

  45. 9 overs: 
    Eng 53-2 (TARGET 143)

    Off-spinner Osborne is back on, Taylor helps herself to a two and a single before Greenway attempts a couple of reverse-sweeps, failing to connect with the first before picking out the short third man fielder with the second. An orthodox sweep looks set to bring Greenway four until the diving Rachael Haynes stops the ball on the boundary and claws it back off the rope. England run two. Greenway sweeps at a legside wide, then England hearts are in mouths when non-striker Taylor slips, drops her bat and if the throw hits the stumps she'll be out... but it's wide.

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    Mel Jones, BBC Test Match Special

    "Down in Galle, Australia made 144 and then got two early wickets, a bit like today. But then Sarah Taylor made an unbeaten 65 to win the game, so they know she is the key wicket."

  47. 8 overs: 
    Eng 47-2 (TARGET 143)

    A single from Taylor brings the left-handed Lydia Greenway on strike, she sweeps her first ball for a single, and I'm sure we'll see plenty more sweep shots from her today. Taylor works the last ball for a single.

  48.   
    Mel Jones, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have been batting so well in this tournament thay haven't really got into the middle order much, so the pressure is on."

  49. 7.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Edwards c Perry b Sthalekar 28 (Eng 44-2)

    Sthalekar returns, and the change does the trick as Edwards comes down the pitch and is caught by Perry running round at mid-wicket.

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    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Test Match Special

    "Charlotte's batting beautifully, picking those gaps - she knows her strength isn't going to be running plenty of twos and threes, she'd going to work those gaps and find the boundaries. She'd have worked out which bowlers to target and makes sure she punishes them."

  51. 7 overs: 
    Eng 44-1 (TARGET 143)

    The stadium DJ plays Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" over the PA as the powerplay restrictions end, and Taylor joins in the fun, flicking Hunter for a four off her legs before chopping a single through the covers. Edwards goes for a bit of a slog but thumps one from outside off stump and past mid-on for four. A single takes her to 28 from 21 balls, Taylor can't get the last two away - she has seven from seven.

  52. 6 overs: 
    Eng 34-1 (TARGET 143)

    Aggers and Vic on TMS agree that Australia - known as the Southern Stars - are firmly in the ascendance as Erin Osborne replaces fellow off-spinner Sthalekar. Edwards and Taylor exchange singles, then the England skipper comes down the track and launches a six over mid-wicket! Next ball is a full toss but Edwards can only hit it straight back to Osborne, but then Edwards hoists a first-bounce four over the bowler's head! So, a better over for England, although as Aggers points out, it's still boundaries rather than strike rotation...

  53.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "If I were the Aussie skipper I'd think about retaining this field after the powerplay, as it's really threatening England."

  54. 5 overs: 
    Eng 22-1 (TARGET 143)

    Sarah Taylor is England's new batter, she's off the mark with a single off her first delivery. Edwards threads a single through the covers.

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    From Adam in North Wales, TMS inbox: "Let's hope the ladies pull it off. Really disappointed that there is not greater profile, as it seems the ladies side has a real passion for playing for their country, as opposed to the impression that money dominates the men's game."

  56.   
    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Marsh was starting to feel the pressure there, as she'd only scored off two of her 14 balls. But England do have their two best batters in now."

  57. 4.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Marsh c and b Hunter 8 (Eng 20-1)

    A change in the bowling as Julie Hunter replaces fellow right-arm seamer Perry, and Edwards rotates the strike for the first time with a single to third man. With a 6-3 off-side field, Hunter looks to bowl outside off stump, but strays too wide and it's signalled as a wide. But Marsh perishes when she drills a return catch to Hunter.

  58.   
    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport in Colombo

    On Twitter: "I would estimate crowd for women's final roughly 7,000 - England men played many Tests with far smaller crowds."

  59.   
    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's an odd scorecard as England haven't managed a single yet - they've hit some fours but there have been an awful lot of dot balls."

  60. 4 overs: 
    Eng 18-0 (TARGET 143)

    After the titanic Perry-Edwards duel at the other end, Marsh unleashes a firm slog-sweep for four against Sthalekar, who keeps it tight for the rest of the over with four dot balls.

  61. 3 overs: 
    Eng 14-0 (TARGET 143)

    Edwards pushes Perry for two, before picking up a good length ball and clipping it through mid-wicket for four. It's a fascinating duel between one of women's cricket's best bowlers and one of the best batters.

  62.  

    Aaron Oliver on Twitter: "Would be perfect end to the summer if the women can show the guys how to play cricket!"

  63. 2 overs: 
    Eng 8-0 (TARGET 143)

    Off-spinner Lisa Sthalekar takes the second over, and she's bowling with her cap on! I've not seen that since Geoffrey Boycott in a Sunday League game... Marsh drives, wicketkeeper Fields (who's wearing a hockey-style face guard rather than a helmet to stand up) appeals for a catch behind but umpire Erasmus shakes his head. Reprieved. Marsh carves a four through mid-wicket.

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    Ouch!

    Cameron is limping around, clearly not in the best of ways, and captain Jodie Fields decides to ask her to leave the field. As she limps off, she's replaced by the bespectacled Lauren Ebsary.

  65.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Test Match Special

    "If Cameron does have to go off, she's one of their best fielders so that's not the worst thing for England..."

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    Paul Elliot Reece on Twitter: "Disappointed at the lack of interest in Colombo for the women's T20; hope England can win and show people what they're missing."

  67.   
    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Charlotte Edwards was a bit dismissive of Ellyse Perry in the press conference yesterday - as she went for 38 in four overs in the last game against England."

  68. 1 over: 
    Ouch!- Eng 4-0 (TARGET 143)

    Dual international Ellyse Perry, who's represented Australia at both fotball and cricket, will take the new ball, but the right-arm speedster's first ball is driven past point for four by Edwards - a great marker laid down by the England captain. But Edwards plays and misses as there's a hit of swing, and Edwards hits the last ball into the covers where Jess Cameron stops the ball but it hits her on the knee and she collapses to the turf - the physio's on...

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    The Aussies have a brief huddle before taking the field, having done some vigorous warming up. England openers Charlotte Edwards and Laura Marsh are ready for the run chase - here we go!

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    From David in Spain, TMS inbox: "143 is not ungettable. We have the batters. Now let's finish the job!"

    That's the spirit!

  71.  

    Tom Stansfeld on Twitter: "Could this be the end of the sizzling summer of sport and the start of the amazing autumn? Come on girls!"

  72. 1117: 
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  73.  

    Tom Nicholson on Twitter: "Come on England women. Show your male counterparts how it's done!"

  74.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Test Match Special

    "Laura Marsh did brilliantly not to concede any boundaries in that last over. Australia have put the pressure on but the key will be their bowling - England gave away too many wides, short balls, long-hops and full tosses. We saw Anya Shrubsole fumble a simple ball at mid-off in the first over, and that really set the tone as Charlotte Edwards is used to the team delivering in the field, and if they don't win today it will be because of those small margins. But she's a fighter."

  75.  
    Saroj Pathirana, BBC Sinhala Service in Colombo

    "Very little interest for the women's World T20 final in Colombo. Though the match is a sell-out, there are only a few hundred fans gathered for the women's final ahead of the men's final. It seems the authorities have brought in some schoolchildren to fill the stadium. Even some of my colleagues in the media box seem not to be interested. Certainly this needs to change."

  76.   
    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "I bet that if you'd gone to the Aussie camp a couple of hours ago and offered them 142, they would have said 'thanks very much'. They made 144 against England in Galle, which England chased down, but that was a dead game as both sides had already qualified and there would have been less pressure on."

  77. 20 overs: 
    WICKET- Blackwell run out 13 (Aus 142-4)

    Laura Marsh is entrusted with the last over, the Aussies can only manage six singles as Blackwell is run out attempting a second off the last, so England will need to score 143 to win the World Twenty20. "England have pulled it back a bit there, that could have been 150 plus," concludes Aggers on TMS.

  78.   
    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "We've seen how the quicker bowlers have disappeared here - England have only bowled five overs of pace, and they've been quite expensive."

  79. 19 overs: 
    Aus 136-3

    Colvin in for her last over, can she make another breakthrough? Blackwell starts with a single, Sthalekar reaches to swat a two wide of mid-on before a single takes her to 19. The Aussies are warming up in the dug-out, they're going to have plenty of fielding to do soon. Blackwell moves to 10 from nine balls with a single, Sthalekar goes for another reverse hit but can't connect, and then hoicks Colvin's final delivery for a single - the slow left-armer finishes with 2-21 from four.

  80. 18 overs: 
    Aus 130-3

    Shrubsole was rather expensive last over, so she's out of the attack and England turn back to Danni Wyatt, who's no doubt been boosted by Port Vale's win yesterday. But former skipper Blackwell looks on form immediately, sweeping Wyatt for four before the Aussie pair help themselves to three singles Sthalekar tries an aggressive reverse-pull, it hits keeper Sarah Taylor on the shin (where she doesn't wear wicketkeeping pads - only hockey-style shin pads) and it's a dot ball.

  81. 17 overs: 
    Aus 123-3

    Alex Blackwell is in at five for Australia, she's the non-striker as they ran on the catch. Sthalekar rotates the strike, Blackwell is off the mark straight away with a swept single, two more singles round off a much better over from England - Colvin has 2-15 from three overs, and is the joint highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

  82.   
    Dirk Nannes, BBC Test Match Special

    "She was caught in two minds there, if she'd slog-swept as she did in the last over it could have gone for four... instead of which it's been catching practice for long-on."

  83. 16.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Cameron c Gunn b Colvin 45 (Aus 119-3)

    Holly Colvin has so often been England's trump card, she's back on... and entices Cameron to hole out to Jenny Gunn at long-on. Big wicket.

  84. 16 overs: 
    Aus 119-2

    "A big five overs here," notes Aggers on TMS as Shrubsole continues - and after a two from Cameron, we have our first six of the day as she lofts one over mid-wicket. The innovation continues as Cameron looks set to paddle-sweep to the leg side, but the ball is outside off stump and she Dilscoops it over the keeper's head for four! Another powerfully struck four brings up the fifty stand, a single takes Cameron to 45 from 33 balls and ensures she will keep the strike.

  85. 15 overs: 
    Aus 102-2

    Marsh replaces fellow off-spinner Hazell, Cameron chips one over her head, it doesn't have the legs to go for four but they scamper a well-run two. Next ball, she hits harder down the ground but only gets one to long-off. "Sometimes you get more runs from placement rather than power," notes Dirk on TMS. Marsh spins down a wide outside off stump, Sthalekar guides a single to the cover sweeper, then Cameron unleashes a reverse sweep which Colvin can't cut off and that's four - and the century for Australia. A full toss is baseball-batted for a single to deep midwicket. Cameron has 28, Sthalekar has 13.

  86.   
    Dirk Nannes, BBC Test Match Special

    "Apart from the wide at the start, that was a good over by Shrubsole. Set your field, bowl straight and try to force the batsmen to play big shots."

  87. 14 overs: 
    Aus 92-2

    England turn back to the pace of Anya Shrubsole, but she starts with a legside wide from which Australia also run two. Sthalekar dabs another single, Cameron steps outside the line and deflects a single to short third man, and Sthalekar chops one to backward point - Australia are picking up singles at will here, which must be a worry fr England. Cameron picks one up from outside off stump for a single to deep mid-wicket.

  88.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Test Match Special

    "Charlotte Edwards has a touch choice of who to bowl here, as the bowlers really need to hit their line and length - I'd go back to Holly Colvin, as she made them make a mistake earlier."

  89. 13 overs: 
    Aus 85-2

    Having fielded nearly every ball of the last over at deep mid-wicket, Laura Marsh is called into action again at deep cover as Sthalekar and Cameron continue to chip away with singles against Hazell, who's in her last over. Sthalekar punishes a short delivery with a clubbed four through cow corner. A single takes her to nine from 10 balls, and Cameron guides a single off her legs to move to 18 from 19. Sthalekar pokes a single to nick the strike, and Hazell finishes with 1-23.

  90. 12 overs: 
    Aus 76-2

    Edwards shuffles her four-strong spin attack as Danielle Wyatt, sporting a distinctive pair of red-framed sunglasses, replaces Marsh. Cameron and Sthalekar are restricted to singles as Wyatt strays a little with her line and length, there's a half-hearted lbw appeal and umpire Erasmus signals a leg bye, while Marsh is kept busy on the deep mid-wicket boundary fielding most of those singles.

  91. 11 overs: 
    Aus 70-2

    Lisa Sthalekar is the new batter, I think her name's easier to pronounce ("stal-acre") than it is to type... She cuts her fourth ball for a single, Cameron nudges a single to mid-wicket.

  92.   
    Dirk Nannes, BBC Test Match Special

    "That ball's nearly gone underground, it stayed pretty low there. There are a lot of England flags here, I've not seen many Australian ones."

  93. 10.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Healy b Hazell 26 (Aus 68-2)

    Danielle Hazell back into the attack, and bowls Healy as she attempts a full-blooded pull shot!

  94. 10 overs: 
    Aus 68-1

    Cameron nudges Marsh for a four off her legs, but keeps it tight for the rest of the over until Cameron blasts a first-bounce four over the bowler's head. Somewhere, I'm sure Bill Lawry is informing listeners that she's a Victorian...

  95.   
    Mel Jones, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia will be looking at an over like that as one of their base overs against the spinners - four our five singles and a two, and will look to take on any loose deliveries."

  96. 9 overs: 
    Aus 60-1

    Colvin, a wide stripe of sun cream across her nose and cheeks, is quickly through her second over, Healy and Cameron help themselves to two singles apiece before Healy hits over the top and they run two as Brunt runs round from long-off to cut the boundary off.

  97. 8 overs: 
    Aus 54-1

    BBC Sport columnist Laura Marsh is on to bowl her off-spin, she begins with three dot balls to Cameron before the right-hander guides a single to square leg. Healy pulls, the ball just falls short of Shrubsole on the deep backward square leg boundary and she can't make the catch but at least stops the four, restricting them to a single. Two from the over.

  98.   
    Mel Jones, BBC Test Match Special

    "For a lot of this tournament, things have gone very well for England and Charlotte Edwards has captained them exceptionally well but sometimes, when the pressure's on, one or two things slip up for you."

  99. 7 overs: 
    Aus 52-1

    New batter Jess Cameron on-drives her first ball to long-on for a single.

  100.   
    Mel Jones, BBC Test Match Special

    "Hats off to Meg Lanning for her contribution, that's still a great start by Australia. But well bowled Holly Colvin."

  101. 6.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Lanning c and b Colvin 25 (Aus 51-1)

    With the powerplay fielding restrictions over, England turn to the left-arm spin of Holly Colvin, who's beeen very effective in this tournament - with just the minimum four fielders in the circle. Lanning opens with a single, Healy lofts one over the top and they run one, and another Lanning single brings up the fifty stand. Healy drives a single past the bowler, then Colvin makes the breakthrough when Lanning pops a return catch back to the delighted bowler!

  102. 6 overs: 
    Aus 47-0

    Somerset right-arm pace bowler Anya Shrubsole is into the attack, Lanning knocks her first ball for four and Healy clubs a shorter delivery away for four through backward square leg. A single takes her to 19, Lanning aims another big hit but Arran Brindle makes a good stop at backward point to restrict her to one.

  103.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Test Match Special

    "England need to stick to their plans here and bowl tighter. This is how the Aussies would play in their home country on a good deck, so it could be a high-scoring game."

  104. 5 overs: 
    Aus 40-0

    Jonathan Agnew replaces Alison Mitchell on TMS as Danielle Wyatt replaces Brunt in the attack, so we have off-spin from both ends (and indeed a Danielle bowling at each end). Wyatt starts with a couple of dot bells before sending down a legside wide, from which the Aussies run two. Healy laces a beautifully-timed cover drive for four, and you sense there's a bit fo pressure on England as Wyatt bowls another wide, but she finishes the over with three dot balls.

  105.   
    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "England need to get Meg Lanning out, or there could be trouble, as she looks in terrific nick. Katherine Brunt is coming off, as we expected."

  106. 4 overs: 
    Aus 32-0

    Lanning opens the face and guides Hazell for a two down to third man, then executes a well-timed sweep for four off the last ball of the over.

  107.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Test Match Special

    "England will feeling a bit of pressure here, I'm a bit nervous for them, I think they may turn to Danni Wyatt or Holly Colvin."

  108. 3 overs: 
    Aus 26-0

    Brunt bowls a no-ball which Lanning threads through the covers for four. The free hit ball is outside the off stump, Lanning blasts it over extra cover and that's four more. A single takes Lanning, who was born in Singapore, to 15, and Healy helps a two off her legs down to fine leg. "Brunt needs some dot balls here," notes Alison Mitchell on TMS, and the Yorkshire seamer delivers two from the next two deliveries. It looks hot and humid in Colombo, the fielders are having to dry their hands between deliveries, but the last ball of Brunt's over is short and Healy pulls it for four - 16 from the over.

  109.   
    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "I would have thought a target of 130-140 would take some getting, especially in a final. There's a long way to go, but Australia have started well."

  110. 2 overs: 
    Aus 10-0

    Off-spinner Danielle Hazell takes the second over, but a misfield by Anya Shrubsole at mid-off - touch of nerves by the Somerset youngster? - allows the right-handed Healy a single off her first ball. Lanning rotates the strike, Healy chops a two through the covers before pulling a single to Greenway who's defending the mid-wicket boundary fr the off-spinner. A single to long-off means Lanning has six, Healy has four and it's six from the over.

  111.  

    Tony Dore on Twitter: "Our girls to win, & send them packing back to Oz. We are all behind you. Lets carry on this amazing year of sport we have had."

    Tweet us via #bbccricket to join the debate

  112.   
    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "This looks more like the pich we had for the second semi-final, which Chris Gayle enjoyed so much."

  113.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Test Match Special

    "Brilliant start from Katherine Brunt, the ball seems to be going on quite quickly so we could see plenty of runs today."

  114. 1 over: 
    Aus 4-0

    Jenny Gunn is in at slip for Brunt, Meg Lanning pushes the first ball into the covers and then square-drives hard to backward point where the diving Lydia Greenway - arguably the best fielder in women's cricket - sets the tone by cutting off the run. But not even Greenway can cut off a magnificent cut shot by Lanning which sails away for four - prompting Edwards to move the slip to gully as part of a ring of five infielders on the off side. But that boundary is that only blemish on Brunt's over.

  115.  

    From Sammy in Edinburgh, via text on 81111: "Come on England! A win today and another nomination for BBC team of the year?"

  116. 0958: 

    Australia's openers are Alyssa Healy - whose uncle Ian you may remember crouching behind the timbers for Australia in the 80s and 90s, and giving the odd sledge - and the hard-hitting Meg Lanning. England hand the new ball, as usual to Barnsley's finest - right-arm seamer Katherine Brunt.

  117. 0956: 

    Anthem time. "Advance Australia Fair" is followed by "God Save The Queen", sung with great gusto by the players. England are into their "huddle" - game on!

  118. 0953: 

    The final is only minutes away. Can England repeat the double success of 2009, when they won the World Cup final in Australia and then the World Twenty20 final at Lord's?

  119.   
    Ebony Rainford-Brent, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a good thing for the girls to have experienced 2010, to have had that feeling that they were going home early - the girls will want to put it right. Laney [coach Mark Lane] will be saying 'no width at all' to the bowlers as the Aussies will he comfortable hitting through the gaps and over the top. Katherine Brunt will be looking for lbws, but the four spinners will be key."

  120.   
    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "I always think there's a bit more pressure in the final when you've got to chase - in the game at Galle, the Aussies got 144 and England knocked them off with seven balls to spare. The Premadasa's not been quite so batter-friendly so I think if Australia got 144 here, it would be a tall order."

  121.  

    Australia captain Jodie Fields: "You've got to bat well, bowl well and field well, and we can't let them [England] into the game. Our bowling attack has been going well and hopefully it can again."

  122.  

    England captain Charlotte Edwards: "It's going to be a cracking final, the two best teams are in it and we're lking forward to it. It doesn't matter who won the other day, it depends who executes their skills better. For me it's the perfect final."

  123. 0944: 

    Former England batter Ebony Rainford-Brent has told us that England have been spurred on by the 2010 World Twenty20 tournament, when Australia had a hand in their early exit at the group stages. But who do you think will prevail today?

    While we wait for Test Match Special to take to the airwaves at 0945 BST, you can email us at tms@bbc.co.uk (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line) text 81111 (if you're in the UK - with "CRICKET" as the first word and don't forget to put your name on it) or if you're on Twitter, tweet us via #bbccricket - your predictions please.

  124. 0938: 
    TEAM NEWS

    England: Charlotte Edwards (capt), Laura Marsh, Sarah Taylor (wk), Lydia Greenway, Arran Brindle, Danielle Wyatt, Jenny Gunn, Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole, Danielle Hazell, Holly Colvin.

    Australia (from): Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy, Jess Cameron, Lisa Sthalekar, Alex Blackwell, Jodie Fields (capt & wk), Rachael Haynes, Erin Osborne, Julie Hunter, Ellyse Perry, Jess Jonassen, Lauren Ebsary, Leah Poulton, Nicola Carey, Sarah Coyte. Confirmed XI as we get it...

    Umpires are New Zealand's ever-demonstrative Billy Bowden and South Africa's Marais Erasmus, with New Zealand's Tony Hill on TV replays. The match referee is a name from the 1980s - former Sri Lanka seam bowler Graeme Labrooy.

  125. 0933: 
    TOSS

    Charlotte Edwards calls successfully - England have won the toss and will field first. They're unchanged, she thinks her side have been getting better with each game and is confident of another successful run chase. Aussie captain Jodie Fields says she's happy to be batting and is confident of posting a big score as she says her batting order is strong from 1 to 11.

  126. 0933: 

    England captain Charlotte Edwards told BBC Sport yesterday that she expects a close final - despite having beaten Australia by seven wickets in the group stages.

  127. 0930: 

    Morning, everyone - we have an England appearance in a global cricket final to savour, and how often does that happen? England's women have been on a march towards regaining the ICC Women's World Twenty20 crown they won on home soil in 2009. Standing in their way are Australia - the defending champions from 2010. Let battle commence.

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Live Scores - England v Australia

 

  • Australia Women beat England Women by 4 runs
  • England: 138-9 (20.0 overs)
  • Australia: 142-4 (20.0 overs)
  • Venue: Colombo RPS

England Innings

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Edwards c Perry b Sthalekar 28
Marsh c and b Hunter 8
S Taylor c Fields b Perry 19
Greenway c Hunter b Jonassen 4
Brindle b Sthalekar 13
Wyatt c Blackwell b Jonassen 9
Gunn c Jonassen b Hunter 19
Brunt b Jonassen 3
Hazell not out 16
Colvin run out (Haynes) 8
Shrubsole not out 0
Extras 1nb 6w 2b 2lb 11
Total for 9 138

Women's World Twenty20 2012

Captains Jodie Fields (Australia), Shashikala Siriwardene (Sri Lanka), Sana Mir (Pakistan), Merissa Aguilleira (West Indies) and Charlotte Edwards (England) with the trophy

Results, reports and scorecards from the third Women's World Twenty20 tournament