Australia Strike First Ashes Blow

Australia celebrate as England lose another wicket at Lord's
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Australia 203-8 (Lanning 56) beat
England 176 (Edwards 61) by 27 runs
First Women's Ashes ODI, Lord's
Australia lead the Ashes series 4-2

Australia won the first Women's Ashes One-Day International at Lord's by 27 runs to take a 4-2 lead over England in the series.

Australia posted 203 for eight thanks to Meg Lanning's 56 and useful contributions down the order before England collapsed from 103 for two to be all out for 176.

Captain Charlotte Edwards made 61 but only three others could reach double figures as they subsided to be all out in 47.3 overs.

Erin Osborne returned three for 39 and Jess Jonassen four for 38 to put Australia ahead in the series for the first time after the Test match was drawn.

Lanning hit eight fours in her innings as England were unable to build on the perfect start having had Rachael Haynes dismissed for a duck.

Jodie Fields (32), Alex Blackwell (23), Ellyse Perry (24) and Osborne (18) all chipped in to nudge Australia past 200 despite Katherine Brunt finishing with three for 29 and Laura Marsh two for 27.

England's reply started well as Edwards and Arran Brindle (21) put on 63 for the first wicket. With Sarah Taylor (22), Edwards added another 36 before the innings began to unravel.

Jonassen removed  Lydia Greenway for one and then Osborne had Edwards caught by Fields to spark the collapse.

Heather Knight's 25 was the only other innings of substance and she was the next to go, followed by Marsh (3), Jenny Gunn (5), Tamsin Beaumont (9), Brunt (3) and Holly Colvin (3) as Australia finished off the job in ruthless fashion.

With two points available for a win in all of the five remaining games (two ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals), England have opportunities to hit back but Australia need only nine points to retain the Ashes whereas England need 10 to regain them.

Advantage Australia.

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