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Cricket - 14. January 2011.

England take 2-0 lead against Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars




Heavy rain in the morning delayed the start of the match by 40 minutes, with the length of the game also reduced to 16 overs per side. England captain, Charlotte Edwards, won the toss and elected to bowl first on a slow MCG wicket.

The Australians made 3-99 from their 16 overs, with opener Shelley Nitschke top scoring with 27 from 30 deliveries. Leah Poulton made 21 from 23 balls before being brilliantly caught and bowled by Jenny Gunn. Alex Blackwell remained 21 not out from 16 deliveries while Lisa Sthalekar contributed 13 from 11.

England lost an early wicket in their chase when Laura Marsh was caught by Alex Blackwell off the bowling of Rene Farrell with the score on eight. Danielle Wyatt and Charlotte Edwards were scoring freely until Lisa Sthalekar removed them both to seize the momentum for the home team. Sthalekar's effort to catch Edwards from her own bowling was particularly impressive, only just grasping the ball with a full stretch dive.

The game was well and truly in the balance when Sthalekar claimed her third scalp, Suzie Rowe caught by Ellyse Perry in the outfield.

Needing a run-a-ball, England desperately needed to form a partnership and it was Lydia Greenway and Jenny Gunn who answered their country's call. Greenway continued to be a thorn in the side of the Australians with an impressive 30 runs from as many balls, while Gunn made 19 from 17 balls before losing her wicket with victory in sight. The loss of Gunn, however, failed to halt England's momentum with victory coming with two balls to spare.

Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars captain, Alex Blackwell, said her team was disappointed to be playing good cricket and still be 2-0 down in the series, but was confident her team would bounce back.

"We only have to make some small adjustments, and some small improvements individually, to turn things around. The spirits are still high and we understand that Twenty20 cricket can be like this. We just have to stay positive and play good cricket in Canberra. We are not that far away from a win," she said.

The Women's International Twenty20 Series now moves to Manuka Oval in Canberra. Game three will be played on Sunday (January 16) starting at 12:00pm. This game will also be broadcast live on ABC Television.

A full scorecard from today's match can be found at: http://livescores.cricket.com.au/scoreboard_2579_2.html

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY - JANUARY 15

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will travel to Canberra tomorrow (January 15). The team is scheduled to arrive at Canberra Airport at approximately 2:20pm.

Ellyse Perry will be available to interested media in the baggage collection area on arrival.

For more information, please contact:
Sudesh Arudpragasam
0418 860 940

Follow the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars' progress this summer on Twitter @_SouthernStars

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad is:
Alex Blackwell (c)                            NSW
Shelley Nitschke (vc)                      SA
Jessica Cameron                              VIC
Sarah Coyte                                        NSW
Sarah Elliott                                        VIC
Rene Farrell                                        WA
Rachael Haynes                                VIC
Alyssa Healy                                      NSW
Julie Hunter                                        VIC
Meg Lanning                                      VIC
Erin Osborne                                      NSW
Ellyse Perry                                        NSW
Leah Poulton                                    NSW
Lisa Sthalekar                                    NSW

Profiles can be found here: http://cricket.com.au/womens-players

England women's team squad:
Charlotte Edwards - captain
Jenny Gunn
Carolyn Atkins
Katherine Brunt
Holly Colvin
Kathryn Cross
Lydia Greenway
Lauren Griffiths
Isa Guha
Danielle Hazell
Heather Knight
Laura Marsh
Susie Rowe
Fran Wilson
Danielle Wyatt

Women's International Series v England
One-day Internationals
5 January 2011                  Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v England                                WACA Ground (10am)
7 January                            Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v England                                WACA Ground (2:30pm)
9 January                            Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v England                                WACA Ground (10am)

Twenty20(tm) Internationals
12 January                          Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v England                                Adelaide Oval** (2:05pm)
14 January                          Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v England                                MCG** (2:35pm)
16 January                          Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v England                                Manuka Oval+ (12:05pm)
17 January                          Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v England                                Manuka Oval+ (3:05pm)
18 January                          Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v England                                Manuka Oval+ (3:05pm)
**Double-header Twenty20(tm) with men's KFC Twenty20 International, broadcast live on Nine
+ Broadcast live on ABC

Ashes Test
22 - 25 January                Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v England                                Bankstown Oval (10:30am)

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