Lanning Leads Australia To Crushing Victory

Lanning Leads Australia To Crushing Victory
Lanning Leads Australia To Crushing Victory
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Australia Women 215-1 (Lanning 104no) beat
England Women 214-8 (Edwards 80) by nine wickets
Second One-Day International, Perth

Meg Lanning marked only her second One-Day International appearance with an unbeaten century which guided Australia Women to an emphatic series-clinching nine-wicket win over England Women in Perth.

Lanning was unbeaten on 104 as Australia raced to 215 for one in reply to 214 for nine to move into an unassailable 2-0 series lead with one match remaining.

Lanning starred during an opening partnership of 151 with Shelley Nitschke, who made 70, as Australia dominated having been set a modest total.

Lanning faced 118 deliveries, hitting 18 fours and a six and Leah Poulton finished things off with a flourish as she smacked 29 in 27 balls with three fours and a six.

Off-spinner Laura Marsh had Nitschke caught by Jenny Gunn to be the only England bowler to pick up a wicket.

Earlier, England failed to build on half-centuries from Charlotte Edwards (90) and Heather Knight (72) as only two other players reached double figures.

Rene Farrell and Lisa Sthalekar took two wickets while the other four dismissals came from run outs.

Australia won the opening match by 33 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

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