Australia Women 250-7 (Lanning 104) v
England Women 'A'
Tour game, Radlett CC, day one
On the day that Australia's men lost their chance to regain the Ashes, Australia Women made a good start to their tour of England where they are defending their title.
Meg Lanning stroked a century as the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars reached 250 for seven against an England 'A' side at Radlett Cricket Club.
Lanning made 104, opening the batting alongside Rachael Haynes, who fell for 17 and she batted for almost half of the day before falling to Kate Cross, who returned figures of four for 30. She struck 15 fours and a six as well as putting on 51 with Sarah Elliott (14) and 84 with Jess Cameron, whose share was 40.
Alex Blackwell then made 32 and before rain ended play early - just as it did at Old Trafford - Jodie Fields (0) and Ellyse Perry (4) fell cheaply, leaving Erin Osborne (18 not out) and Alyssa Healy (4 not out) at the crease.
Play will get underway 30 minutes early tomorrow in a bid to make up some of the time lost.
The Women's Ashes has this year undergone a change of format and will be competed for over one Tests, three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals, beginning with the Test match at Wormsley on 11th August.
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