KENT Invicta skipper Charlotte Edwards was the heroine as England Women swept to a dramatic last session win over Australia in their one-off Ashes Test at the Bradman Oval in Bowral near Sydney.
Edwards was at the crease having hit an unbeaten 14 as England Women chased down the 114 they needed to win the four-day Test with six wickets to spare.
Before the tea interval Kent’s other England player on tour, 22-year-old batsman Hayes Hurricanes’ batsman Lydia Greenway, survived snagging a pair in the biggest game of her career to contribute a useful 26 from 35 balls, including five boundaries, before falling leg before.
Sarah Taylor also went soon after the tea interval to raise the tension, but the wise heads of Edwards and Claire Taylor steered England home to their third series’win in Australia with Taylor posting her second half-century of the game in the process.
Having been held aloft by her batting parter soon after Taylor had hit the winning run, skipper Edwards said: "I’m delighted, almost lost for words.
"To beat Australia in Australia is a fantastic feeling. We had always said we would come out here and aim to win this match in order to retain the Ashes and that’s what we did today.
"I’m so proud of all my players. We have played some fantastic cricket over these past four days to continually have the upper hand over Australia and to pull through and secure victory today was a great effort.
"We’ll celebrate tonight, but then turn our attentions to New Zealand for the one-day series over there, which starts on Sunday."