Women's World T20 final: All-round Australia marches to fourth World title

Ashleigh Gardner shone with both bat and ball as Australia thrashed England by eight wickets in the Women's World T20 final.

Australia has now won four of the six editions of the Women's World T20.   -  ap

Australia claimed a fourth Women's World T20 title with a comfortable eight-wicket win over England in the final on Saturday.

Ashleigh Gardner (33 not out) and Meg Lanning (unbeaten 28) guided Australia to its target of 106 with 29 balls to spare in Antigua.

It came after England struggled with the bat despite winning the toss, with only Danielle Wyatt (43) and Heather Knight (25) able to get into double figures as the side was bowled out for 105.

Australia's Road to Final:
9 November: Australia vs Pakistan, Providence Stadium, Guyana - Australia won by 52 runs
11 November: Australia vs Ireland, Providence Stadium, Guyana - Australia won by nine wickets
13 November: Australia vs New Zealand, Providence Stadium, Guyana - Australia won by 33 runs
17 November: India vs Australia, Providence Stadium, Guyana - Australia lost by 48 runs

22 November: Semi Final 1, West Indies v Australia, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound - Australia won by 71 runs

Australia has now won four of the six editions of the Women's World T20, while England's defeat was its third in the final.

Wyatt got England off to a good start as Australia produced some indifferent fielding.

But wickets fell consistently from the fourth over as Gardner (3-22), Georgia Wareham (2-11) and Megan Schutt (2-13) starred for Australia.

Wareham was involved in almost everything, including producing a brilliant run out of Amy Jones (4) in the fifth over.

Ellyse Perry took one wicket, the scalp of Natalie Sciver (1), to become just the second player to register 100 in Twenty20 internationals, joining Anisa Mohammed.

England was unable to bat out its overs as Australia, despite some sloppiness in the field, dominated.

Alyssa Healy (22 off 20) then got it off to another decent start before Gardner and Lanning steered Australia home.

Gardner was the more aggressive of the pair, hitting three sixes, as England struggled with the dewy conditions.

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