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Women’s Ashes Test– Day 2
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have claimed six key wickets against England Women after they declared on 6-331 on day two of the Women’s Ashes Test at Wormsley.
The Australian side resumed at 3-243 with Sarah Elliott (104) and Alex Blackwell (54) at the crease. The duo extended their partnership a further 32 runs in the morning, which included Elliott’s century before she was caught out by Lydia Greenway off the bowling of Anya Shrubsole (2-57). Blackwell pushed on with Jodie Fields (6) and then Erin Osborne (10*) to reach her half century before she was dismissed leg-before-wicket by Laura Marsh (2-74). Ellyse Perry (31*) joined Osborne in the 118th over and added a quick-fire 31 runs from 24 balls, including four fours, before the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars declared 6-331 from 124 overs ahead of the lunch break. Anya Shrubsole (2-57) and Laura Marsh (2-74) were the only multiple wicket-takers for England Women.
England Women were sent in to bat for four overs before the lunch break. Openers Heather Knight (85*) and Arran Brindle (5) got off to a quick start, putting on 36 runs in nine overs before Perry (1-30) claimed Brindle leg-before-wicket. Sarah Taylor (33) was dangerous early, finding the boundary on six occasions before she was caught out by Sarah Elliott off the bowling of Holly Ferling (2-40) in the 22nd over. Ferling struck again four overs later, this time dismissing England Women’s captain Charlotte Edwards (3) leg-before-wicket. Spinner Erin Osborn was effective shortly after being introduced into the game, claiming the scalp of Lydia Greenway (4) caught and bowled. Osborne struck again in the first over after the tea break, with Alex Blackwell catching Tammy Beaumont (1) before Osborne followed up four overs later to claim Jenny Gunn (6) leg-before-wicket. Marsh (13*), who faced 124 balls, and Knight dug their heels in late in the game to build a 59-run partnership to take their side to 6-172 at stumps on day two. The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars currently lead by 159 runs.
Speaking about the Australian side’s efforts on day two Osborne said: “We’re really happy with how today ended for us. We came here this morning wanting to score quickly and I thought Sarah Elliott and Alex Blackwell set that up perfectly for Ellyse Perry at the end there to get away.”
“Taking six wickets today was very pleasing. We would have liked to have broken that last partnership, that was a little bit frustrating, but I thought we were very disciplined and bowled good areas without luck so hopefully tomorrow we can come back and pick up a few quick wickets.”