Southern Stars Into Third Final

The Australian woman advanced to their third ICC World Twenty20 final with an eight run victory over the West Indies in their semi-final in Mirpur on Thursday.  The Australians won the toss and chose to bat getting off to a good start with Elyse Villani and Jess Jonassen attacking the West Indian bowlers to take them to 30/0.  After some nervy running between the wickets Jonassen was run out by Shakera Selman (0-12).

The Australian skipper Meg Lanning made her way to the crease and saw her side to 42/1 before Villani was caught at long-off by Kycia Knight.  The Southern Stars lost Elysse Perry for eight and Lanning who chopped one on from Tremanyne Smartt (1-28) leaving her side on 83/4.  Jess Cameron joined Alex Blackwell at the crease but only managed five runs.  Alyssa Healy then played some shots to help her side to 140/5 at the end of the 20 overs.

The Windies lost both their openers Kycia Knight (21) and Stefani Taylor (24) leaving them at 48/2.  Deandra Dottin and Stacey-Ann King put a decent partnership together taking them to 120/2 before Dottin (40) departed with her side requiring 21 runs off 20 balls.  The Caribbean captain Merissa Aguillera was next to the crease but only managed six with her team ending their innings on 132/4 and the Southern Stars ran out winners by eight runs.  The player of the match was Erin Osborne who finished with figures of 1/18 as well as taking the catch on the boundary to remove the dangerous Deandra Dottin.