Perry Leads Australia To Vital Win
Australia 269-6 (Perry 90no, Blackwell 51) beat
England 268-4 (Taylor 64) by four wickets
Third Women's Ashes ODI, Hobart
Ellyse Perry struck a brilliant unbeaten 90 to guide Australia to a four-wicket win in the third Women's Ashes One-Day International against England in Hobart.
Set 269 to win after England posted 268 for four, Perry and Erin Osborne (40 not out in 25 balls) kept Australia's Ashes hopes alive by hitting the winning runs with three balls remaining.
England lead the multi-format series 8-4 with three Twenty20 Internationals remaining but Australia have won the last two matches, effectively taking the ODI mini-series 2-1.
Sarah Taylor (64), Heather Knight (57) and Natalie Sciver (43 not out) made the main contributions for England as they came to terms with the Bellerive Oval, a ground at which they had never played before.
All six players who went to the crease made starts with Lydia Greenway (25), Charlotte Edwards (34) and Arran Brindle (26 not out).
The ground record they set for a Women's ODI score didn't last long, however.
Nicole Bolton made 31 and Meg Lanning 40 in 30 balls to give Australia a strong start to their run chase before England hit back.
Lanning was stumped off Jenny Gunn, who then ran out Jess Cameron for five and Australia were 81 for three when Bolton was bowled by Danielle Hazell.
Alex Blackwell and Perry then added 88 together to get Australia exactly 100 runs from victory when Blackwell, who had scored her 18th ODI half-century in making 51, was also bowled by Gunn, who also had Alyssa Healy caught behind for four to finish with three for 56.
Sciver then bowled Jess Jonassen for three to leave Australia 199 for six after 42nd over but while Perry was at the crease, their task of 70 to win in eight overs was still on.
She finally got the support she needed from Osborne, who cracked five fours in her unbeaten cameo while Perry judged her innings perfectly, hitting seven fours and one six in 95 balls.
It was Sciver who was called on to bowl the final over with Anya Shrubsole and Gunn bowled out, but on Australia Day, this was Australia's day indeed and she was unable to stall Perry and Osborne's match-winning charge.
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