Lanning leads Ashes charge

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIA will head to the third women’s Ashes one­dayer at Worces­ter to­mor­row night with re­newed con­fi­dence af­ter trounc­ing Eng­land by 63 runs yesterday.

Af­ter be­ing beaten con­vinc­ingly in the open­ing game, the South­ern Stars scored 6- 259 in Bristol – led by cap­tain Meg Lanning’s 104 off 98 balls – be­fore lim­it­ing Eng­land to 196.

De­spite 58 from opener Char­lotte Ed­wards, Eng­land fin­ished well short.

Aus­tralian seamer Me­gan Schutt was the pick of the bowlers with 4- 47.

The multi- for­mat Ashes is locked at two points each af­ter Eng­land won the first one­dayer by four wick­ets.

Lanning said her cen­tury was the best way to bounce back from the Taun­ton loss.

“I think it’s im­por­tant I lead from the front,” she said. “As a top- three bat­ter, my job is to score big runs. Once you get to 50 and 60 as a No. 3, you’ve re­ally got to go on to get those big scores.” Lanning shared a 132- run part­ner­ship with Ell­yse Perry ( 48).

Aus­tralia’s Meg Lanning.

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