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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 August 2005, 14:37 GMT 15:37 UK
Connor delighted by historic win
Arran Brindle
Arran Brindle hit the winning run for England
Skipper Clare Connor said England's women had been inspired by their male counterparts as they won their own Ashes series against Australia.

Connor's side completed a 1-0 series victory by beating the World Cup holders by six wickets at Worcester.

"We've been watching the guys and been inspired by their fight and the way they're playing," she told BBC Sport.

"We've had a good couple of years, beating South Africa and New Zealand, and this is the icing on the cake."

For Connor it was the greatest moment of a captaincy career which began on a dismal tour to Australia and New Zealand in 1999-2000, when England lost nine successive one-day games.

They went into the match at New Road in good heart, having beaten the Southern Stars in a limited overs international for the first time in 12 years at Stratford-upon-Avon last weekend.

It's a great feeling to win - and for me to pull out my best performance since I've been with England
Player of the Series Katherine Brunt

Set only 75 to win, there were a few anxious moments as they struggled to 3-2 and 39-4 before Arran Brindle and Lydia Greenway saw them across the finishing line.

"It's the first series win against Australia since '63, it's the first time Australia have lost a Test match for 21 years, so it's absolutely massive.

"After the disappointment of losing in the semi-finals of the World Cup to Australia only four or five months ago, this is just amazing. The girls are over the moon - it just means the world to us," said Connor.

Katherine Brunt was named Player of the Match and Player of the Series for her nine wickets in the game and 52 in England's first innings.

"It's a great feeling to win after so many years of losing to Australia and for me to pull out my best performance since I've been with England is great," said the 20-year-old from Barnsley.

Brunt took on the role of chief strike bowler following Lucy Pearson's retirement earlier this year and claimed nine wickets in the game - sending down 34 overs in Australia's second innings.

"Lucy was the best seam bowler we had, with great consistency. I just wanted to follow in her foot-steps and I seem to have doen that pretty well. Hopefully I'll keep that going.

"The old side isn't feeling too spry but after some physio treatment I'm sure I'll be back on top," she said.

Brunt's cricket hero is former England paceman Darren Gough.

"I just wanted to model myself on Darren as a fast bowler. I never thought I'd come up with figures like this - and it's great to think I could be the women's version of him for England," she added.





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