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Australia Women vs England Women

Match info: Australia Women v England Women ODI Series 2014 at Melbourne Cricket Ground - 1st ODI

Date: 19th Jan 2014 Umpires: G C Joshua and S A J Craig

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Australia Women

209/3 (50.0 Overs)

Result

England Women

210/3 (46.5 Overs)

England Women win by 7 wickets

  • Last Updated: January 19 2014, 11:45 GMT

England women took a big step towards retaining the Ashes after completing a seven-wicket victory over Australia in the first one-day international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Lydia Greenway: Helped take England home with 69 not out
Lydia Greenway: Helped take England home with 69 not out

Lydia Greenway (69 not out) and Arran Brindle (64no) put on an unbroken 142 to lead England to their victory target of 210 with 19 balls to spare.

Charlotte Edwards' side now lead the series 8-0, after winning the one-off Test which was worth six points, and now need just one victory in either the remaining two ODIs or three Twenty20s to win the urn again.

The hosts won the toss but lost Elyse Villani early on after she was trapped in front by Anya Shrubsole.

Fellow opener and Australia captain Meg Lanning made just 13, while Jess Cameron added 21 to leave Australia 68 for three at the halfway stage of their innings.

But Alex Blackwell and Ellyse Perry led a recovery, with the duo frustrating England's bowlers in an unbroken partnership of 141 for the fourth wicket.

Blackwell led the way with five fours and a six in her 82 not out, while Perry was more than a useful foil in her unbeaten 65 off 78 balls as Australia reached 209 for three.

England made a decent start in reply, with Edwards and Heather Knight putting on exactly 50 before the latter fell for nine.

Sarah Taylor was also dismissed for a single-figure score while Edwards, who had looked in good touch, perished four balls later, as the tourists also fell to 68 for three - although they reached that score six overs earlier than Australia.

Brindle settled to her task with a four, although Greenway needed 17 balls to get off the mark.

Yet the two steadily grew in confidence and Greenway brought up her half-century with her fifth four, with Brindle following suit in identical fashion in the next over.

By then England were well and truly on the way to victory, which they completed from the penultimate ball of the 47th over thanks to a single from Brindle.

Greenway is refusing to take victory for granted, labelling that "a dangerous game to play" despite only two more points being required.

She told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "England and Australia in any sport is always going to be huge competition. On the pitch we play hard and off the pitch we respect each other."

Reflecting on the MCG success, she added: "It's a good win, it probably looks a little more comfortable than it actually was.

"It was a tough batting track and you have to get in and play with responsibility. Arran did really well and Heather and Charlotte got us off to a good start."


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