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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 August 2005, 14:17 GMT 15:17 UK
England triumph in Women's Ashes
Second women' s Test, Worcester, day four (lunch): England 289 & 75-4 beat Australia 131 & 232 by six wickets
England win series 1-0

England skipper Clare Connor
It's the first time Australia have lost a Test match for 21 years, so it's absolutely massive
Clare Connor

England won a Women's Ashes series for the first time in 42 years with a six-wicket triumph against Australia in the second Test at Worcester.

They were left to score just 75 to win after Katherine Brunt took 4-64 to help dismiss the tourists for 232.

England were 3-2 at lunch and wavered again when Clare Connor (13) and Charlotte Edwards (24) were dismissed.

But Arran Brindle and Lydia Greenway held their nerve to see them home on 75-4 for a 1-0 win in the series.

Brindle, whose unbeaten century at Hove saved England from defeat in the first Test, hit the winning run to finish on 24 not out, with Greenway on 10.

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

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

Australia began the final day on 179-7 and needing Kate Blackwell and Shelley Nitschke to extend a 112-run partnership, which had saved them from an innings defeat on the third day.

But Brunt had other ideas and had Blackwell caught by Greenway for 72 without addition to the total before trapping Julia Price lbw first ball.

She was unable to complete her second five-wicket haul of the game, but a match return of 9-111 to go with her career-best 52 in England's first innings was a magnificent effort in her first full year of international cricket.

Seeds of doubt

The World Cup holders were not prepared to surrender their proud record without a fight, and number 11 Emma Liddell frustrated England as she joined Nitschke in a stand of 53.

Nitschke surpassed her 81 not out in the drawn first Test and had collected a six and 16 fours in her 88 when Beth Morgan brought the innings to a close by having Liddell caught behind for 24.

We didn't play as well as we should have on the first two days
Australia skipper Belinda Clark

England had four overs to play out before the interval, but it was enough time for seeds of doubt to be sown.

Liddell's second delivery with the new ball had Laura Newton lbw for nought and the next produced the same result as Jenny Gunn departed for a golden duck.

Cathryn Fitzpatrick, the fastest bowler in the women's game, struck a double blow following the interval as she won leg before decisions against Connor and Edwards.

But it proved to be no more than a last defiant gesture by Australia as Brindle struck four boundaries in a composed hour-long innings to round off a magnificent all-round effort by the team.


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