England came a step closer to retaining the Ashes with a 7 wicket win in their first ODI. Playing at the MCG Australia put on 209 for 3 (50 overs) with two gutsy innings from Alex Blackwell (82) and Ellyse Perry (62), however couldn’t shift England who picked up 210 for 3 off 46.5 overs. Charlotte Edward led her team to a strong start to notch up 41 for England, but a rapid loss of wickets saw the visitors at 68-3. Cometh the hour, cometh the women though as Lydia Greenwell and Arran Brindle headed over their half centuries to put 69 and 64 not out on the scoreboard. For a full scorecard have a look here.
The teams meet again for the second of 3 ODIs on 23rd January where a win will see the Ashes returning to England. There’s no chance the hosts will let the trophy returning quietly, however with captain Jodie Fields’s injury seeing her possibly out for the next few matches, replacement skipper, 21 year old Meg Lanning, and her team, have a lot of work to do.
England 210-3 (46.5 overs) beat Australia 209-3 (50 overs) by seven wickets.
|Date||Format||Venue||Points for a Win||Points for a Draw||Winner|
|10 – 13 January||Test||WACA, Perth||6||2||England|
|26-Jan||ODI||Blundstone Arena, Hobart||2||1|
|29-Jan||T20||Blundstone Arena, Hobart||2||N/A|
|02-Feb||T20||Stadium Australia, Sydney||2||N/A|
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