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Women’s Ashes Series tied after second ODI
The Women’s Ashes Series is tied at four points apiece after England recorded a 51-run win over the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars in the second Women’s Ashes One Day International (ODI) at The County Ground, Hove today.
After winning the toss and electing to bat England Women got off to a solid start with openers Charlotte Edwards (53) and Heather Knight (31) notching a 45-run partnership before Knight was caught out by Meg Lanning off the bowling of Megan Schutt (1-31). Sarah Taylor (32) joined her captain at the crease and set about building a 70-run partnership before Taylor was bowled by Jess Jonassen (2-29).
Jonassen struck again four overs later bowling Edwards shortly after the England captain brought up her half century. Lydia Greenway (46) and Arran Brindle (42) dug their heels in for 15 overs together as they added 77 to their side’s total before Greenway was stumped by Jodie Fields off the bowling of Sarah Coyte (2-55). Ellyse Perry (1-58) toiled hard before picking up the wicket of Laura Marsh (9) with her last ball for the day. Natalie Sciver (26*) and Jenny Gunn (2*) finished unbeaten at the end of their side’s 50 overs, helping England to 6-256.
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars were on the back foot early, losing openers Rachael Haynes (0) and Meg Lanning (0) within the first four overs. Jess Cameron (81) and captain Jodie Fields (20) steadied the ship, building a 63-run partnership before fields was caught by Knight off the bowling of Marsh (1-53). Alex Blackwell (23) made a quick-fire 23, which included four fours, before she was caught and bowled by Jenny Gunn (1-30). Jonassen added a handy 34 runs not out but it was not enough to reach the total set by England, with the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars finishing all out for 205 in the 49th over. Cameron’s knock of 81 was the highlight of the innings and pushed her career total ODI runs beyond 1000.
After the match Cameron said: “It was nice to get some runs on the board but at the end of the day it’s a team game and we didn’t get the result that we wanted. I was hitting the ball well but at the period of our five power play overs that we took, we didn’t do a good enough job.”
England’s Anya Shrubsole was named the player of the match.