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Cross earns women's Ashes Test draw as men's IT20s end with defeat

Cross earns women's Ashes Test draw as men's IT20s end with defeat

Over the weekend, Thunder's Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone ensured England held on for a draw in the women's Ashes Test, whilst England men's IT20 series against the West Indies came to an end in Barbados as the hosts took the series 3-2. 

Down Under - with England trailing in the multi-format series following three IT20s - Thunder pair Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone both played their part in a thrilling Test match which ended drawn in Canberra to keep England Women's hopes of regaining the Ashes alive. 

After Australia had declared on the final day - setting England 257 to win off 48 overs - England finished just 12 runs short on 245-9, as Cross and Ecclestone blocked out the final two overs to earn Heather Knight’s team a draw heading into the ODI series.

Earlier in the game, Ecclestone hit 34 as she was part of a century partnership with Knight - who finished on 168 not out. She also claimed a wicket in Australia's second innings, whilst Cross went wicketless but saw a number of chances dropped off her bowling. 

Meanwhile in the Caribbean, the men's IT20 series was all to play for on Sunday evening - with the series at 2-2 - but four wickets in four balls from captain Jason Holder saw the Windies clinch the decider by 17 runs.

Lancashire’s new signing Phil Salt made his IT20 debut in the third game of the series - hitting a quick fire 57 off just 24 balls - before going on to keep his place in the side for the final two matches. 

Liam Livingstone - who missed the opening two games of the series through illness - picked up four wickets with the ball, taking figures of 2-17 in the fifth game and made scores of 11, 16 and 6 with the bat.

Saqib Mahmood - who also played three matches in the series - will now head out to Pakistan for the PSL, along with his domestic and international teammates, Livingstone and Salt.

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