Batting failure to blame for Women’s loss
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.”