Australia has clinched a thrilling win in the series opener of the women’s Ashes in Brisbane.
The Southern Stars had to chase 229 for victory over England in front of a sellout crowd at Allan Border Field on Sunday.
The match went to the first delivery of the final over of the match when Queensland’s Jess Jonassen smashed the first ball she faced for a boundary.
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Alex Blackwell top-scored for the Aussies with 67 not out, but 20-year-old all-rounder Ash Gardner stole the show.
Gardner provided crucial firepower during the middle overs of Australia’s innings, blasting 27 runs off 18 balls including two huge sixes.
Earlier with the ball, Gardner took three wickets with her leg spin.
Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry also bowled well, with the pair taking two wickets each.
The win gives Australia two vital points in the multi-format Ashes series.
There are two more One Day International matches, one Test and three Twenty20’s remaining.
Test wins are worth four points, while two points are awarded for a Test draw and short-format victories.
The series now moves to Coffs Harbour for back-to-back ODIs on October 26 and 29.