With the English women requiring one more victory to clinch the Women’s Ashes, the Southern Stars enjoyed a mini break to attend the Allan Border Medal in Sydney.
After an amazing couple of days, Meg Lanning took out the Belinda Clark Medal; two points clear of her nearest rival, Erin Osborne.
Belinda Clark, also was rightfully acknowledged for her prowess on the field, as she became the first female to be inducted into the Australian Cricketers Hall of Fame along with Mark Waugh.
As the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” and that was exactly what England did as they remained with the same winning side from Sunday’s first ODI.
Nothing was mentioned about Katherine Brunt’s back, but rumours have it that it is a tour ending injury and it will be interesting to see if they send her home or keep her within the group for experience.
For the Australians, there was only one change. Indicating that Jodie Fields and Sarah Coyte are still out injured. The top order has struggled for runs during this Ashes series as well as the last, therefore Elyse Villani made way for the highest run scorer in the WNCL this season, Nicole Bolton.
Nicole Bolton was presented her ODI cap by Jodie Fields and became the 127th player to represent Australia in this format.
For the second time in a row, Meg Lanning won the toss and had no hesitation to bat first.
Australia 7 – 266 defeated England All out 240 by 26 runs
Women’s Ashes Series Point Score:
England 8 points
Australia 2 points
There is still 8 more points up for grabs
- It was a nervous start for Bolton as she should have been run out without troubling the scorers, then she was dropped in the 5th & 6th over of the match. England just weren’t switched on in the field nor did they bowl with any consistency and they paid the ultimate price
- Bolton certainly took the chances given to post her maiden hundred and become the first Australian female to score a century on debut. Bolton’s 124 runs took the pressure off the rest of the top order as she played all around the ground.
- Jessica Cameron (44) came out of her shell to display the skills that has seen walk away with Player of the Match performance in the last two World Cup finals. Some of the shots that we saw that are synonymous with Cameron were her lusty blows over mid-off and the reverse sweep.
- Australia was on track to post a score of 280 plus, but England fought back well late in the innings by picking up three wickets for 10 runs, restricting the Southern Stars to 7 for 266.
- With a change in the bowling order for Australia, Holly Ferling took the new ball for the first time in her short career and after the first ball it was a stroke of genius. Ferling removed the English captain, Edwards for a golden duck.
- Sarah Taylor seemed to be protected as she was dropped down the order to No. 4. That meant that Greenway was promoted, in a move that I believe restricted her impact on the game as Greenway is a wonderful finisher and seems more comfortable facing the older ball.
- A positive for England despite the loss were that Heather Knight (55) and Taylor (63) were able to get amongst the runs for the first time.
- England were clawing their way back in the match, when Bolton completed the fairytale when she ran out Taylor to swing the momentum back in Australia’s favour.
- Natalie Sciver (57 off 42) seems the real deal. It was the first time that I had seen her live and her understanding of her game and the situation nearly pulled of a miracle innings to snatch victory under the noses of the Australians.
Where to now:
- The final ODI will be played on Australia Day in Hobart in two days time, meaning that Australia have a great opportunity to get some momentum behind them.
- England will need to be sharper in the field if they are going to regain the Ashes and as Taylor alluded to, sometimes you just have to accept that you have had a shocker and move on.
- Dani Wyatt hasn’t given England much in the two ODI’s and wouldn’t be surprised to see a change. England may look to Elwiss for experience, but I would like to see another spinner added to the team for Hobart.