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Australian Women take Charge on Day 2
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have taken three crucial wickets late on Day 2 of the 2014 Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Test at the WACA in Perth, to have England Women 3-18 in their second innings.
The Australian side resumed on 2-9 this morning and withstood five overs before Jess Cameron (5) succumbed to Test debutant Kate Cross (3-35). Alex Blackwell (0) joined Sarah Elliott (13) at the crease but was unable to add any runs to the total before she became Cross’ second victim when she was trapped LBW. Elliott dug in and faced 43 balls for her 13 runs before she was caught behind off the bowling of Katherine Brunt (1-30). Brunt was later taken off in the 38th over and was unable to bowl for the remainder of the innings following two beamers. Captain Jodie Fields (43) came to the crease with her side’s total teetering at 5-37 and combined well with Ellyse Perry (71) to steady the innings. They built a 55-run partnership before Fields was caught by Jenny Gunn off the bowling of Cross. Perry then paired up with Erin Osborne (40) to put on an 85-run stand and inch the hosts further towards England’s first innings total of 201. Sarah Coyte (9) and Rene Farrell (11) added crucial runs at the end of the innings before the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars were bowled out for 207, giving them a narrow six-run lead.
England faced nine overs late in the day after a long day in the field where the temperature soared above 40 degrees. England batters Heather Knight (1), Lydia Greenway (5) and Sarah Taylor (0) lost their wickets in successive overs with Farrell (2-5) and Perry (1-5) picking up where they left off in the previous innings. England will resume on 3-18 on Day 3 tomorrow.
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