Women’s Ashes: Perth Scorchers Beth Mooney, Alana King star in thrilling final day in Canberra

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Alana King celebrates the wicket of Katherine Brunt.
Camera IconAlana King celebrates the wicket of Katherine Brunt. Credit: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Perth Scorchers title-winning duo Beth Mooney and Alana King starred on the final day of Australia’s thrilling Women’s Ashes Test in Canberra which finished in a draw.

From a fighting half-century to a stunning outfield catch, Mooney defied injury to make a massive impact on day four, while WA and Scorchers leg-spinner King halted the tourists’ surging momentum to cap off a brilliant Test debut.

Even playing was a brave achievement for Mooney who broke her jaw batting in the nets a fortnight ago which required metal plates to be inserted, but she showed no signs of the pain on the way to top-scoring with 63 in the Aussies’ second innings of 7-216 declared.

Australian captain Meg Lanning made a sporting declaration which meant all three results were in play in the rain-affected clash, giving England a target of 257 in 48 overs.

The Poms were cruising at 3-218 before a horror collapse of 6-26 with King, who was used sparingly to start, taking 2-39 including the key wicket of danger hitter Sophia Dunkley (45 off 32) well caught on the long-on boundary by her Perth teammate Mooney.

England only needed 24 off 29 balls at that point but they went into defensive mode after.

King bowled the last nine overs at one end, having a hand in the eight-wicket run out of Anya Shrubsole (6) before dismissing fellow debutant Charlie Dean (3) caught behind by Alyssa Healy.

But she couldn’t get the match-winning breakthrough with number 11 Kate Cross (1 not out off 12) blocking out a maiden after England gave up hope of victory with 12 runs needed to finish on 9-245.

England batter Heather Knight was named player of the match after backing up her unbeaten first-innings 168 with 48 in the second dig.

It has been a promising start to King’s international career with three wickets for the match to back up her winning 1-28 on T20 debut against England in Adelaide last week.

The first of three One-Day Internationals gets underway at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

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