Flying Start For England Women

Heather Knight
Heather Knight scored a century as England Women made good progress on day one of their Ashes tour
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England Women 362-7 (Knight 123) v
Shooting Stars
Tour game, Perth, day one

England Women made an ideal start to their Ashes tour of Australia by hitting 362 for six on day one of their two-day game against an Australia Under-21 'Shooting Stars' team.

Heather Knight showed she has recovered fully from her hamstring injury with an innings of 123 and there were also half-centuries for captain Charlotte Edwards (77) and Lydia Greenway (79).

Knight retired after hitting 20 fours in her 175-ball stay in the middle, which allowed Arran Brindle (21) and Natalie Sciver (30) time at the crease.

For the Australians, Jess Jonassen and Nicole Bolton took a brace of wickets apiece.

Knight and Edwards added 135 together for the first wicket as Australia toiled without success early in the day, until Edwards was trapped in front by Jonassen.

Jonassen struck again to have Sarah Taylor caught by Angela Reakes for 10 before Knight and Greenway, whose 79 came from 188 balls, added the day's second substantial partnership.

Greenway was trapped in front by Bolton and as Knight made way, the Australians hit back late on with the wickets of Brindle, Sciver and finally Jenny Gunn, who was caught behind off Bolton for five.

The match is England's final preparation for the Ashes Test, which begins in Perth on Friday 10th January.

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