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Bolton Stars As Australia Stay In Ashes Contention

Alex Blackwell hits out
Alex Blackwell offered Nicole Bolton excellent support by hitting 56
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Australia 266-7 (Bolton 124, Blackwell 56) beat
England 240 (Taylor 63) by 26 runs
Second Ashes One-Day International, Melbourne

Nicole Bolton marked her international debut with a century as Australia beat England by 26 runs in the second Women's Ashes One-Day International in Melbourne.

Bolton hit 124 as Australia posted 266 for seven and then ran out Sarah Taylor as England were bowled out for 240 in reply.

The result is Australia's first win in the multi-format series and pegs England's lead back to 8-2 with four matches remaining and eight points up for grabs.

Bolton was called up to Australia's squad ahead of the series but has had to wait until now to get her chance and she took it in style by scoring 124 in 152 balls.

With support from Jess Cameron (44) and Alex Blackwell (56), Australia posted a competitive score despite no other players bettering a score of 13 from Jess Jonassen.

Bolton replaced Elyse Villani at the top of the order and struck 12 fours during partnerships of 95 and 75 with Cameron and Blackwell.

Anya Shrubsole, Danielle Hazell and Natalie Sciver took two wickets apiece for England but they would be left to rue those two half-century stands.

The tourists then made a poor start by losing Charlotte Edwards (0) and Lydia Greenway (4) before half-centuries from Heather Knight and Taylor helped them fight back.

Knight made 55 and Taylor 63 but after the former was dismissed by Julie Hunter and the latter run out by Bolton, England were up against it.

Knight and Taylor added 84 for the third wicket and Taylor then put on 54 with Arran Brindle (19) for the fourth but their dismissals less than three overs apart hurt England badly and put them on the back foot.

Sciver, the last wicket to fall, made a defiant 57 in 42 balls before three for 49 from Erin Osborne and two wickets apiece from Ellyse Perry and Jonassen ended their challenge and kept the fight for the series alive.

The series continues with the third ODI in Hobart on Sunday 26th January.

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