England Women Win Opening Ashes ODI
England 210-3 (Brindle 68no, Greenway 64no) beat
Australia 209-3 (Blackwell 83no) by 7 wickets
First Women's Ashes One-Day International, MCG
Unbeaten half-centuries from Arran Brindle and Lydia Greenway guided England to a seven-wicket win over Australia in the first Women's Ashes One-Day International in Melbourne.
Their successful pursuit of 210 handed them another two points which put them 8-0 up in the multi-format series, needing just one more point from the five remaining games to retain the Ashes, and two more to win them outright.
Batting first, Australia posted 209 for three as Alex Blackwell made a welcome return to form with an unbeaten 83.
Ellyse Perry also made 65 not out on a day when bowlers struggled to take wickets and the pair put on 141 together in 153 balls as Blackwell scored her 16th ODI half-century and Perry her second.
England would also lose just three wickets as after Charlotte Edwards made 41, Brindle (68 not out) and Greenway (64 not out) guided the tourists home in 46.5 overs.
They put together a match-winning 142-run stand to win the match with 19 balls to spare and put England on the brink of a second straight Ashes success.
Prior to the game, Australia added wicket-keeper Alyssa Healy and bowler Julie Hunter to their squad as cover for Jodie Fields and Sarah Coyte.
Fields fractured a finger joint during training and missed the Melbourne match with Meg Lanning leading the side in her place. Elyse Villani made her debut and scored eight at the top of the order.
England had fast bowler Katherine Brunt unavailable after she suffered a recurrence of a back injury.
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