Bat­ting fail­ure to blame for Women’s loss

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIAN gun Ell­yse Perry blamed a poor start with the bat for her team’s loss in the open­ing Women’s Ashes one- day in­ter­na­tional.

Perry was the top scorer at Taun­ton but her knock of 78 wasn’t enough to avoid de­feat as the hosts chased down Aus­tralia’s be­low- par 238 to­tal with four overs to spare.

Perry and Alex Black­well came to­gether at the crease at 3- 35 af­ter Kather­ine Brunt and Kate Cross ac­counted for Aus­tralia’s top three.

The Aus­tralian pair put on a stand of 121 be­fore it was bro­ken by Heather Knight, whose shy at the stumps from mid- off sent Black­well on her way for 58. It was the first of four run- outs for the tourists.

Perry, who was dropped on 21, went on to 78 be­fore pick­ing out Natalie Sciver on the deep mid- wicket bound­ary.

A di­rect hit from Char­lotte Ed­wards ac­counted for Erin Os­borne, ei­ther side of Sarah Tay­lor com­bin­ing with Ly­dia Green­way and then Kather­ine Brunt for fur­ther run- outs as Aus­tralia’s in­nings came to a stut­ter­ing end.

Eng­land’s top or­der all got starts but failed to kick on un­til Ly­dia Green­way ( 53) and Sciver ( 66) led Eng­land’s re­cov­ery from 4- 80.

Green­way hooked a full toss straight to mid- wicket be­fore Sciver picked out mid­off with 22 runs left to win. Ge­or­gia Ell­wiss and Kather­ine Brunt saw off those runs as Eng­land took the two points.

Perry said there was a bit Aus­tralia could take from the game.

“We didn’t have a great start with the bat and that was prob­a­bly the dif­fer­ence, in the end.”

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