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Australia show resilience after Reakes, Kapp shine on day two

Marizanne Kapp remained unbeaten on 61
Marizanne Kapp remained unbeaten on 61
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Australia Women 272-8 dec & 126-2 (Villani 48no) v
ACT Invitational XI 290-7 dec (Reakes 103no)
Tour game, Canberra, day two

After Angela Reakes and Marizanne Kapp scored unbeaten 103 and 61 respectively to help ACT Invitational XI claim a first innings lead, Australia Women showed a better display with the bat in the second innings to stretch their lead to 108 runs with eight wickets in hand at stumps on day two of the tour game in Canberra.

ACT Invitational XI resumed the day's play at 71 for four. Jess Jonassen (24) was run out by Ellyse Perry (2-45) while Dane van Niekerk (16) was also dismissed in a similar fashion as they were reduced to 111 for six.

Reakes (103 not out) and Claire Koski (28) resurrected the innings with their 67 run stand for the seventh wicket before the latter was dismissed by Ashleigh Gardner (1-34). Reakes went past a fine century and her runs came at a strike rate close to 75, scoring 13 boundaries in it.

Reakes was well supported by Kapp (61 not out) at the other end as the duo kept the Australian bowlers at bay. Their unbeaten 112 run stand helped ACT Invitational XI claim a 12 run lead before the declaration came. Perry was the pick of the Australian bowlers with a two wicket haul.

Australia started their second innings well with Nicole Bolton (38) and Alyssa Healy (27) adding a 45 run opening stand before the latter was snared by Belinda Vakarewa (1-18).

As the wickets were hard to come by Bolton and Elyse Villani (48 not out) continued to grind the runs with the 100-run mark coming up. Even though Bolton was accounted by Jonassen (1-19), Australia did well to end the day with a score of 126 for two.

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