The @SouthernStars ahead…just #womensashes Crucial day 3 ahead for the girls. good luck.

 

Fans who are following the Women’s Ashes Test currently being played at Womsley will know that it has the same amount of drama and theatre about it as the Men’s Ashes Test Series being currently played.

At the end of day two the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars are slightly ahead, but I can’t help feeling that Australia has allowed England to claw their way back into the match a few times. 

On day one with the run rate, and on day two by being unable to remove Heather Knight, who by all accounts is playing a typical gutsy test match innings. 

This Test may have a twist yet.

That said the day, or as we say back home in Australia, “the play of the day”, still goes to Sarah Elliott for her maiden International Test century. 

Elliott, known to all as super mum now, started day two on 95. 

Social media and BBC commentary was abuzz willing on Elliott to reach her Test century, Australian and English fans alike. 

After giving all of us a nervous wait (24 balls to be exact!!), the moment for the first Australian mum to raise her bat as she notched up her maiden Test century. 

Special thank you to ABC Grandstand for live streaming the BBC commentary – I was walking around the house with my ear phones in hoping with everything that Elliott would reach that wonderful milestone

Following Elliott reaching her century, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars immediately looked to increase the run-rate, the selfless intent by both Elliott and Blackwell was very noticeable. 

As a result, not long after Elliott raised her bat, she walked off the picturesque ground of Wormsley. 

Her mammoth innings came to end on 104, having spent 333 minutes at the crease with 14 fours.

From there England picked up Field (6) and Blackwell (54) in quick succession, but that only brought Ellyse Perry to the wicket who was clearly in a rush. 

In the next seven overs the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars through Perry (31* off 24 balls) and Osborne (10* off 20 balls) went at a rate just over six runs per over, with Perry the main destroyer.  

This enabled Australia to declare at 6-331 with England having to face a difficult 18 minutes of play prior to lunch.

To continue to read the full article please follow the link to http://www.cricket.com.au/blogs/lisa-sthalekar/2013/8/13/southern-stars-ahead-just 

 

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