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WOMENS: England edged out in a thrilling finish in Mumbai


England were defeated by two runs today by Australia in a thrilling finish to their World Cup Super Six match in Mumbai, as Sussex skipper Holly Colvin’s valiant effort wasn’t quite enough to see them over the line.

Colvin, who had taken two wickets along with fellow Sussex counterpart Arran Brindle as Australia were bowled out for 147, hit 16 from 17 balls as England clung on for a sight of a victory with only one wicket remaining. But with just three runs needed to win, she chopped behind from an Erin Osbourne to hand the opponents’ victory.

After the game Holly Colvin said: “Obviously we’re all disappointed with the result today and to get so close but not get over the line.

“We started very well and all our bowlers performed, especially Anya and Katherine up front, we were very happy to reduced them to 147.

“We knew the game was in our hands but we had a bit of a collapse in the middle. Credit to Lydia and Laura who did a good job to get us back in the game which allowed us at the bottom of the order to try and nick off those runs.

“I feel in good form and with how I’m bowling so I’ll be looking to continue and hope to put in some match winning performances in the next couple of games.

“We’re looking forward now to our next game on Sunday against South Africa over in Cuttack. We know they are a good side, but we got one up on them in a warm-up match so we’ll be looking for another strong performance on Sunday and going out to win as well as we can."

It’ll be the mens’ turn tomorrow to try and go one better as England take on New Zealand in Auckland with Sussex's Luke Wright expected to bat at the top of the order.

Image: Holly Colvin celebrates the wicket of Sarah Coyte this morning in Mumbai (Getty)

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