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Blackwell, Perry hit tons against England Academy

Alex Blackwell struck 115 for the Australians
Alex Blackwell struck 115 for the Australians
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England Women Academy 279-9 dec. drew with
Australia Women 377-7 (Blackwell 115, Perry 110)
Tour game, Loughborough

Alex Blackwell and Ellyse Perry both scored centuries as Australia Women drew a two-day game against the England Women's Academy in Loughborough.

The Academy batted on the first day and reached 279 for nine before declaring as Jess Jonassen took three wickets.

On day two, the Australians made a slow start, falling to 47 for three before Blackwell (115) and Perry (110) put on 173 together for the fourth wicket.

Jonassen completed a good all-round game with an unbeaten 79 as the tourists closed 98 runs ahead of their hosts.

The Academy side won the toss and chose to bat and although a number of their players made starts, none could go on and only Fran Wilson (55) registered a half-century.

Australia kept them in check with Jonassen returning three for 15, Rene Farrell two for 34, Holly Ferling two for 28 with Perry and Erin Osborne also taking a wicket.

Georgia Elwiss made 41 and Laura Marsh 44 for the Academy.

Come day two and Beth Langston removed Australia openers Nicole Bolton and Elyse Villani for one run apiece before Freya Davies had Meg Lanning caught by Marsh for 14.

However, Blackwell and Perry then steered their side out of danger by batting for more than 40 overs together, both reaching three figures.

Blackwell made 115 in 172 balls with 15 fours while Perry made 110 in 163 balls with 13 fours and a six.

Danielle Wyatt bowled Perry to finally break the partnership and after Marsh had had Jess Cameron caught and bowled for 14 and Wilson ran Blackwell out, Jonassen added 79 not out in 108 balls to push the Australians into the lead.

Danielle Hazell dismissed Alyssa Healy and Osborne was not out on 11 when stumps were called.

The Australians now head south to Beckenham where they take on a combined England Women's Academy/Surrey Boys' XI team in a three-day game.

After that, they take on England in the Test match in Canterbury from 11th August, leading the multi-format Women's Ashes series 4-2 with four points available for a Test win.

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