You can’t really keep British sport away from those jaws of victory and glory, can you?
Whereas the men’s team lost yet another game, the England women made sure that they keep English Cricket on those highs that it is used to. After Charlotte Edwards’ team won a thrilling test at The WACA to take six points, they made sure that they carried on the winning ways as they cruised to a seven wicket victory at The MCG to go 8-0 up in the Women’s Ashes series, needing just one more win to retain the Urn.
After Australia women won the toss, they chose to bat first. With England missing their best bowler in Katherine Brunt, Anya Shrubsole and Kate Cross had a serious job on their shoulders.
They did pretty well in their early spell and Elyse Villani’s wicket was the reward as Shrubsole proved too much. Soon after, Jenny Gunn had Meg Lanning caught for 13 by Heather Knight.
Alex Blackwell and Jess Cameron then somehow got the inning back on track with a 35 run stand before Danni Wyatt had the latter one caught for 21.
That was the last Australian wicket to fall though as Ellyse Perry and Alex Blackwell played some sensible cricket to build a partnership and then exploding in the end as they went for the kill in the last five overs by getting 52 runs to end on 209/3.
A really good total had been put up on the board and the English openers needed a good start. English captain Charlotte Edwards decided to take the responsibility and was dominant in the opening stand of 50 as her partner Heather Knight was out for nine.
Another wicket came very soon as Sarah Taylor mistimed one off Osbourne’s bowling when on nine and very soon Edwards departed as well for 41, leaving England in some trouble at 68/3.
But this was the last wicket that the Australian bowlers had as Arran Brindle and Lydia Greenway were determined to win the match for their team as they built a massive 142 runs stand to guide the women to a what can be called an emphatic victory.
Edwards would now hope to win the next ODI (to be played at the same venue) as well to seal the deal and retain and the retain The Women’s Ashes.
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