Monday 6 January 2014 

Flying Start For England Women

Heather Knight
Heather Knight scored a century as England Women made good progress on day one of their Ashes tour
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England Women 362-7 (Knight 123) v
Shooting Stars
Tour game, Perth, day one

England Women made an ideal start to their Ashes tour of Australia by hitting 362 for six on day one of their two-day game against an Australia Under-21 'Shooting Stars' team.

Heather Knight showed she has recovered fully from her hamstring injury with an innings of 123 and there were also half-centuries for captain Charlotte Edwards (77) and Lydia Greenway (79).

Knight retired after hitting 20 fours in her 175-ball stay in the middle, which allowed Arran Brindle (21) and Natalie Sciver (30) time at the crease.

For the Australians, Jess Jonassen and Nicole Bolton took a brace of wickets apiece.

Knight and Edwards added 135 together for the first wicket as Australia toiled without success early in the day, until Edwards was trapped in front by Jonassen.

Jonassen struck again to have Sarah Taylor caught by Angela Reakes for 10 before Knight and Greenway, whose 79 came from 188 balls, added the day's second substantial partnership.

Greenway was trapped in front by Bolton and as Knight made way, the Australians hit back late on with the wickets of Brindle, Sciver and finally Jenny Gunn, who was caught behind off Bolton for five.

The match is England's final preparation for the Ashes Test, which begins in Perth on Friday 10th January.

© Cricket World 2014

 
Current Scoreline

Australia 8-10 England
England have retained The Ashes
Fixtures & Results
10th-13th January: Ashes Test, Perth
ENG 201 & 190 beat AUS 207 & 123 by 61 runs
19th January: 1st ODI, Melbourne
ENG 210-3 beat AUS 209-3 by 7 wickets
23rd January: 2nd ODI, Melbourne
AUS 266-7 beat ENG 240 by 26 runs
26th January: 3rd ODI, Hobart
AUS 269-6 beat ENG 268-4 by 4 wickets
29th January: 1st T20I, Hobart
ENG 151-1 beat AUS 150-3 by 9 wickets
31st January: 2nd T20I, Melbourne
AUS 99-3 beat ENG 98-6 by 7 wickets
2nd February: 3rd T20I, Sydney
AUS 102-3 beat ENG 101-8 by 7 wickets