Bankstown Sports Women’s Cricket Club’s Ashleigh Gardner has produced the second-best bowling match figures by a woman in history to spin Australia to an 89-run Ashes Test victory over England at Trent Bridge.
Gardner, a Bankstown local, claimed 8-66 in the fourth innings to seal the win for the Australian team in the sole Ashes Test.
In the first women’s Test to receive a fifth day since 1992, Ash’s last day brilliance capped off an already excellent match with the ball. With England in the box seat in the first innings, Ash came to the forefront with figures of 4-99 before setting Trent Bridge alight in the fourth to finish with match figures of 12-165.
Ash’s performance means that the Australian side only need to win two of the six remaining white ball matches to retain the Ashes, thanks to Ellyse Perry (99) and Annabel Sutherland’s (137*) contribution with the bat.
Bankstown Sports Club wish the best of luck to Ash and the rest of the Australian Women’s Cricket Team for the rest of their campaign.