Opening batter Alex Blackwell scored her maiden one-day international century and twin Kate recorded her highest score in limited overs cricket as the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars produced a well-rounded team effort to topple England by 84 runs at the MCG today.
Alex Blackwell’s 101 - her first for Australia in all forms of the game – and Kate’s unbeaten 57 from 60 balls guided the home team to 4-250 as the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars made amends for yesterday’s loss with a complete performance.
The sisters’ 111-run partnership ended on the second last ball of the innings when Alex was caught behind off the bowling of Jenny Gunn.
Earlier, Alex Blackwell and Lisa Sthalekar (45) had steadied Australia’s innings after Shelley Nitschke and captain Karen Rolton were dismissed were dismissed cheaply. The pair added 93 for the third wicket and their positive play kept England’s bowlers out of the match.
“We were very disappointed with the performance we gave yesterday and we wanted to come back and for each person to fulfil their role. I think we did that today and we’re one-all now in the series which is really important,” Alex Blackwell said.
“I wanted to get off to a good start with Shelley but after we lost two wickets my role changed to then anchor the innings and be there until the end to give us an opportunity to set a good total.
“We put the disappointment of yesterday behind us and hopefully we can continue on for the rest of the series now.”
After setting an imposing total, Australia’s Ellyse Perry (3-24) then ripped through the opposition top order with three quick wickets to leave England struggling early in the innings.
England weren’t able to recover and slumped to 7-98 before a late rally took the score to 156. Beth Morgan and Lydia Greenway top scored for England with 27 but they were outclassed with bat and ball.
The victory levels the five-match series at 1-1 as the series moves to Sydney for the remaining three matches.
The third match of the series will be played at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney this Thursday, 7 February. Play starts at 10.00am and entry is free. The full scoreboard from today’s match is available on Cricket Australia’s website, www.cricket.com.au. Cricket.com.au is providing live scores of all matches throughout the series.
Thursday 7 February: Australia v England, 10am, SCG
Sunday 10 February: Australia v England, 10am, Drummoyne Oval, Drummoyne (Sydney)
Monday 11 February: Australia v England, 10am, SCG
Friday 15 - Monday 18 February, Australia v England, Bradman Oval, Bowral
photos Janos Schmidt