Women's Ashes Series 2017
The England Women’s Cricket Team is touring Australia for a multi-format point based battle for the 2017 Ashes, which includes a day-night Test for the first time. The tourists are the current world champions but the home side are the current Ashes holders.
The Story So Far……………………..
1st ODI, Brisbane - Australia won (Australia 2pts; lead series 2-0)
Australia claimed the opening ODI of the series with a two-wicket win. England made 228 for 8 with Lauren Winfield top scoring for the touring team with 48. Some smart work in the field by the Australians meant that England’s middle order got bogged down, and once Sciver was caught brilliantly by Villani, England could not attack the Australian bowling in the final overs. Spinner Ashleigh Gardner finished with figures of 3-47 from her 9 overs. England’s bowlers worked hard to keep a tight rein on the Australian batsmen restricting them in the first twenty overs. But after Alex Blackwell was dropped on 36 by Alex Hartley, she went on the anchor the response with a solid 67 which included 7 boundaries. When Amanda-Jade Wellington was spectacularly run out from midwicket by Sciver, the Australians only needed two runs from the last over in a breathtaking finish to the match.
2nd ODI, Coffs Harbour - Australia won (DLS method) (Australia 2pts; lead series 4-0)
England won the toss but lost the game as they elected to field first. The Australians made 296 for 6 with opening pair Bolton and Healy making a partnership of 98 in 20 overs. Captain Rachael Haynes played beautifully as she made a career-best 89 after being dropped by Beaumont on 60. After a rain delay, the required total needed was 285 from 46 overs. England’s Katherine Brunt made her maiden 50. McGrath took her first international wicket when she dismissed Taylor for 26. Once Sciver and Knight fell in successive overs and Perry took a spectacular catch to remove Wilson, England were bowled out 75 runs short on 209.
3rd ODI, Coffs Harbour - England won (DLS method) (England 2pts; Australia lead series 4-2)
The world Champions bounced back with a 20 run win in the 3rd ODI. They batted first and made 284 – their highest ever total against the Australians. Knight made 80 from 88 balls, supported by Beaumont with 74 and 69 from Taylor. A rain delay meant the Duckworth Lewis target was an adjusted 278 from 48 overs. The openers Healy and Bolton made a stand of 118 together before Hartley claimed 3 for 25 and Sciver 2 for 24 as the home side were restricted to 257 for 9.
Australia are currently leading the series 4-2 at the end of the ODIs now all eyes are on the North Sydney over for the one and only test.
Upcoming Matches - November
The Points System is as follows:
8 points are required for Australia to retain the Ashes or will England add to their World Cup triumph earlier in the year?
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