Blackwell Helps Australia Build Healthy Lead
Australia Women 309 & 128-1 (Blackwell 59no) v
England Women 268 (Morgan 58, Farrell 3-32)
Ashes Test, New Road, Worcester, day three
Australia Women closed day three of the Ashes Test match 169 runs ahead of England Women with an unbeaten half-century from Alex Blackwell putting the tourists into a strong position.
Blackwell will resume on the final day on 59 as Australia, who must win to regain the Ashes, look to build a big enough lead to try to force a result.
Before that, they had to remove the remaining England batters, and although Jenny Gunn (41) departed early, Beth Morgan continued her excellent innings to keep the Australians at bay for 262 balls in making 58 and she was supported by Katherine Brunt (27) and Holly Colvin (19) before Colvin and Laura Marsh (38) put on 59 for the final wicket.
Rene Farrell returned figures of three for 32 in 30 overs having sent down 14 maidens while there were two wickets for Lauren Ebsary.
Unlike on day one, when Australia lurched to 28 for five, England could not find an early breakthrough as Australia batted again as Blackwell and Shelley Nitschke, who scored 25, put on 49 for the first wicket before Marsh had Nitschke trapped in front.
Blackwell faced 120 balls, hitting five fours and a six while Karen Rolton closed the day unbeaten on 31.
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