England 8 – Australia 2
Australia have put points on the board after a 26 run win in the second ODI of this Ashes series. Played at the legendary MCG Australia won the toss and promptly took hold of the game, setting England the target of a whopping 266-7, with international debutante Nicole Bolton hitting 124 off 152 balls for the Southern Stars. This puts Bolton straight in the record books as the first player to reach a century in a women’s ODI debut.
Today could have been England’s. Charlotte Edwards’ captaincy reached a landmark 103 ODIs in charge, the most ever by a female cricketer and her team only needed this win to retain the Ashes trophy. However things didn’t go quite according to plan and despite Heather Knight (55), Natalie Sciver (57) and Sarah Taylor (63) all crossing the half century threshold England were all out for 240.
With reports of lack luster fielding, some vital catches dropped and the added set back of fast bowler Katherine Brunt out for the rest of the series with a lower back injury, fingers crossed England pick themselves up in time for the final ODI in 3 days time.
Australia 266-7 (50 overs) beat England 240 (46.2 overs) by 26 runs. Full scorecard here.
|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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