Lanning Century In Ashes Warm-Up

Meg Lanning hit a century as Australia Women began their tour of England
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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.

© Cricket World 2013

Final score: England 12-4 Australia

Fixtures & Results

11th-14th August: Only Test, Wormsley
AUS 331-6 d. & 231-5 d. drew with ENG 314 & 93-2
20th August: 1st ODI, Lord's
AUS 203-8 beat ENG 176 by 27 runs
23rd August: 2nd ODI, Hove
ENG 256-6 beat AUS 205 by 51 runs
25th August: 3rd ODI, Hove
ENG 204-5 beat AUS 203-4 by 5 wickets
27th August: 1st T20I, Chelmsford
ENG 146-4 beat AUS 131-5 by 15 runs
29th August: 2nd T20I, Southampton
ENG 128-5 beat AUS 127-7 by 5 wickets
31st August: 3rd T20I, Chester-le-Street
ENG 92-3 beat AUS 91-7 by 7 wickets