Australia thrash England in women's T20 World Cup final

Action during the Australia England World Twenty20 women's final in Antigua on Saturday

Action during the Australia England World Twenty20 women's final in Antigua on Saturday

Australia's female cricketers showed the world how it's done with a commanding performance to defeat England and win the World T20 final in Antigua today.

Gardner and teenage leg-spinner Georgia Wareham combined for five wickets to restrict the English to 105 all out off 19.4 overs after they had chosen to bat first at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Given her significant contributions in both innings the 21-year-old was the obvious choice as "Player of the Match".

After winning three consecutive "Player of the Match" honours in Australia's group matches in Guyana, Healy dropped England topscorer Danielle Wyatt in the third over of the final off seamer Ellyse Perry.

England women batting: Danielle Wyatt c Meg Lanning b Ashleigh Gardner 43; Tmmy Beaumont c Elyse Villani b Megan Schutt 4; Amy Jones (W) run out (Georgia Wareham) 4; Natalie Sciver lbw b Ellyse Perry 1; Heather Knight (C) c Georgia Wareham b Ashleigh Gardner 25; Lauren Winfield lbw b Georgia Wareham 6; Sophia Dunkley b Georgia Wareham 0; Anya Shrubsole c Ellyse Perry b Ashleigh Gardner 5; Danielle Hazell lbw b Megan Schutt 6; Sophie Ecclestone run out (Ellyse Perry) 4; Kirstie Gordon not out 1; Extras: 6 (b - 2, w - 3, nb - 0, Penalty - 0).

Any chance of England defending such a modest total depended on removing Healy cheaply.

England lost wickets at regular intervals and were never able to build any respectable partnerships.

Allrounder Ellyse Perry, who had a mixed day in the field, took her 100th Twenty20 global wicket when she had Nat Sciver trapped in front of the stumps for one.

After losing the final to the West Indies two years ago, Australia are looking to reclaim the title they have won three times in their fifth straight final. "The last two World Cups really hurt and we had to change a few things and move it forward".

Australia´s players celebrate winning the ICC Women´s World T20 final cricket match between Australia and England at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on November 24, 2018.

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