Sarah Taylor Century Steers England To 259
England Women 259-6 (S Taylor 120, C Taylor 42) v
Second One-Day International, Chelmsford
A sublime century, her third in One-Day Internationals, from Sarah Taylor enabled England to post a commanding score of 259 for six in their second match against Australia at Chelmsford, the third highest score England have ever made against their old rivals.
Still missing Charlotte Edwards and having also lost Lydia Greenway to illness, England won the toss and chose to ba, Taylor played beautifully in making 120 in 120 balls to lay the foundations for England's score.
An excellent new-ball partnership between Sarah Andrews (2-46) and Rene Farrell (1-33) put England firmly on the back foot early on and Farrell's impressive control of swing into the right-hand batters saw Caroline Atkins trapped on the crease giving the umpire an easy lbw decision before she had scored.
Taylor was joined in the middle by namesake Claire and circumspection against the new ball bowlers gave way to aggression and acceleration as left-arm spinner Shelley Nitschke and seamer Ellyse Perry failed to keep the pressure up.
Claire made 42 with six fours in a partnership worth 95 before she cut off-spinner Lisa Sthalekar into the gloves of wicket-keeper Jodie Fields but the tempo was maintained by Sarah alongside Beth Morgan (41).
Morgan overcame a slow start, hitting three boundaries in quick succession during a bright and breezy knock that saw her hit four in total from her 55 deliveries faced and she added 86 with Taylor before she was trapped in front by Andrews.
Taylor completed her century with a deft flick around the corner and her knock included 12 boundaries, most of them beautifully timed off the back foot in the early half of the innings and she followed up her innings of 68 in the opening match with more dominance against the spin, using her feet to good effect with some inside-out drives that would have graced any game at any level.
She was eventually run out, which was beginning to look like the only way Australia were going to dismiss her, with five overs and one ball to go as she and Ebony Rainford-Brent tried to steal a single after an lbw appeal was turned down.
As England continued to push for quick runs late on, Jenny Gunn (5) was well caught at cover by Lauren Ebsary as Andrews picked up another well-deserved wicket.
Rainford-Brent was much more successful, hitting a couple of boundaries as she finished unbeaten on 30 from 32 balls before Perry bounced back to have Nicki Shaw caught by Ebsary off the final ball of the innings.
England won the opening match by nine wickets to go 1-0 up in the five-match series.
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