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Lanning, Perry help Australia take lead In Women's Ashes

Australian women celebrate winning the Royal London One-Day International series.
Australian women celebrate winning the Royal London One-Day International series.
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Australia Women 241-7 (Lanning 85) beat
England Women 152 (Greenway 45) by 89 runs
Third Women's Ashes One-Day International, Worcester.

A half-century from Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry’s all-round performance helped Australia Women defeat England Women in the third One-Day International in Worcester to claim a lead in the multi-format Women’s Ashes series.

Having chosen to field first, England managed to strike in the 12th over after a slow start, but a 62-run partnership between Nicole Bolton (40) and Lanning (85) steadied the innings for Australia.

Alyssa Healy (17) hung in for a short while but was sent back to the pavilion by Heather Knight (1-55), with the Australian score reading 118 for three at the end of the 32nd over. 

However, the best partnership of the match, which was worth 85 runs, came in this crucial stage between Perry (67) and Lanning, both of whom scored at a good pace.

Lanning’s innings was laced with 10 fours while Perry managed to hit eight of them, playing a crucial hand in boosting Australia’s score past 200.

Though the duo fell towards the end of the innings, their partnership had set the innings on course, as Australia managed to score 241 for seven in their fifty overs.

Jenny Gunn (2-52) was the most successful bowler for England with two wickets to her name while Anya Shrubsole (0-25) was the most economical of the lot. 

England were rattled early by Perry (2-16) who backed up her impressive batting with an excellent spell of bowling, dismissing Charlotte Edwards (0) and Sarah Taylor (1), in consecutive overs. 

With the two of the most experienced players gone early, England struggled to keep up with the asking rate, as Australia bowled well to reduce the hosts to 73 for four at the halfway mark. 

As the required rate already more than run a ball at this stage, a 51-run stand between Katherine Brunt (31) and Lydia Greenway (45) gave some hope for England. 

However, Australia came right back into the game as both Brunt and Greenway fell in consecutive overs, as the asking run-rate went over eight per over.

This blow opened the flood-gates for England as they lost the remaining wickets in a heap, before being bowled out for just 152 with almost seven overs remaining in the game.

Perry bagged both the player of the match and the player of the series awards for her all-round display.

Australia gain two points in the International Cricket Council Women’s Championship, while they now have four points in the Women’s Ashes compared to England’s two. 

The only Test match in the multi-format Women’s Ashes will take place between 11th and 14th August in Canterbury.  

ICC Women's Championship standings

Position Team Played Won Lost NR/A Points
1 Australia 9 8 1 0 16
2 South Africa 9 5 3 1 11
3 West Indies 9 5 4 0 10
4 England 9 4 4 1 9
5 Pakistan 9 4 5 0 8
6 New Zealand 9 4 5 0 8
7 Sri Lanka 9 2 6 1 5
8 India 9 2 6 1 5

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