Australia women beat Ireland by 55 runs in T20

Ireland opener Claire Shillington
Ireland opener Claire Shillington only managed four runs in Dublin
Second women's Twenty20 international, Dublin (YMCA):
Australia 131-6 (20 overs): Perry 39, Blackwell 20; Garth 3-19
Ireland 76-7 (20 overs): I Joyce 24; Jonassen 2-8, Osborne 2-10
Australia won by 55 runs
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Australia's women earned a 55-run win over Ireland in the second game of the T20 series in Dublin.

A surprise looked possible when Ireland bowler Kim Garth took three early wickets to leave the Aussies on 38-4.

However, Ellyse Perry's 39 helped Australian post a decent 131-6 at Claremont Road.

Claire Shillington and Cecelia Joyce departed cheaply for the Irish with Isobel Joyce their top scorer on 29 as they finished on 76-7.

The teams meet in the final match of the series at the same venue on Saturday when Ireland will be hoping for a consolation win.