Stoke-On-Trent cricketer Danielle Wyatt made a resilient half century as England’s women lost The Ashes, falling to a six-wicket defeat in the first T20 international at Sydney.
The 26-year-old hit six fours in her 36 ball knock, which was the first time she’d gone beyond 50 in international cricket.
It was her first game of the tour, having been overlooked for both the ODI and Test series earlier in the tour.
England had earlier lost the toss and found themselves severely under the cosh at 16-4, before Wyatt and her teammate Nat Sciver came together. The two eventually combined for a strong partnership of 64 to bring the tourists back into the contest.
Despite Sciver falling in the 13th over, Wyatt continued in her charge and brought up her landmark off the bowling of Ashleigh Gardner in the 16th.
She would fail to add to her score, however, and some smart work behind the wickets from Gardner saw her run out, leaving England 101-6.
They went on to add another 31 runs before the close of the innings – leaving Australia needing 133 to win from their 20 overs.
Wyatt’s action in the game wasn’t finished, though. She took a smart catch at deep square leg in the first over to send Alyssa Healy back to the pavilion.
The hosts lost another three wickets before the end, but would bring up their target with more than four overs to spare in the game.
Wyatt will be hoping to get have a similar impact when the two sides next meet on Sunday. The second T20 game is due to start at 14:35 local time (03:35 GBT).