Anya's heartbreak as England miss out
CRICKET Anya Shrubsole suffered heartbreak at the women's ICC World Twenty20 as England suffered a four-run defeat to Australia in a nerve- jangling final on Sunday.
The Bath pace bowler's three wicketless overs went for 31 at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo as Australia piled up 142-4 after being inserted by England captain Charlotte Edwards.
She was at the wicket for the final ball of England's reply, replacing the run-out Holly Colvin at the non-striker's end, but Danielle Hazell was unable to hit the six required for victory.
England skipper Edwards, whose side won the title at Lord's in 2009, conceded: "Australia were better than us today.
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"Our lack of discipline up front really cost us.
"We were under par with the ball and paid for it. The first six overs of their innings was the difference."
Edwards said she had no regrets about her decision to bowl first.
"I would do it every single time," she said.
"It wasn't the reason we lost the game.
"The reason we lost the game was lack of discipline with the ball. We even felt we could chase it down.
"It was a good pitch out there, a lot better than the semi-final pitch and we just lost wickets in clusters."
Number three Jess Cameron top-scored with 45 for Australia.
Cameron took 17, including a six over midwicket, from one Shrubsole over and the Somerset player was not brought back into the attack in the closing stages of the Australia innings.
Shrubsole was among the wickets, however, when England booked their final place with a seven-wicket victory over New Zealand last Thursday.
She took 1-16 from three overs, trapping Frances Mackay lbw, as the Kiwis were restricted to 93-8.