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Western Australia v England
Jan 2

England dominate in 178 run victory over Western Australia

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England women claimed a convincing 178 run victory in a 50-over warm up match against Western Australia women, in Perth today.

Western Australia won the toss and put England into bat in the 40 degrees heat at Floreat Oval.

Charlotte Edwards (55) and Heather Knight (49) got England off to a solid start as they opened the batting with a partnership of 111. After the pair had hit the boundary on 11 occasions by the 26th over, both Edwards and Knight retired to make way for Claire Taylor (39) and Lydia Greenway (37) who proceeded to put on a tidy 84 run partnership.

Charlotte Edwards  54 retired Danielle Hazell 3-19

Taylor was averaging one a ball before she was caught on the boundary going over long-on midway through the 40th over. Greenway retired and left the field with Taylor to allow Jenny Gunn and Beth Morgan an opportunity in the middle.

Laura Marsh put on 30 off 23 balls and had an impressive run with Katherine Brunt in the final overs. The pair added a quick fire 60 off 34 balls, hitting the boundary on several occasions with Brunt the only player in the match to clear the ropes.

Marsh was eventually caught hitting over mid-off at the death, leaving Brunt to face the final balls with Dani Hazell. Both Brunt and Hazell finished not out as England made 294 off their 50 overs.

Seamers Isa Guha and Brunt, together with a fine catch in the slips from Knight got the Western Australia wickets falling early, leaving the home side on 16-2.

The quick hands of Lauren Griffiths took the stumping of Laurea Stammers which was shortly followed by the fall of Western Australia’s fourth wicket as Marsh trapped Kate Pulford leg before.

Fran Wilson took an impressive overhead catch at mid-off to leave Western Australia on 68-5. Peta Merrilees then hit straight into the hands of Greenway at mid wicket leaving the hosts chasing 211 in the final 23 overs.

The target looked near impossible for Western Australia as Gunn fielded a fine diving catch in the slips and Hazell trapped Emma King leg before one ball later.

Hazell then cleaned up the final wickets with best figures of 3-19 to assist England to a confident 178 run victory.

Charlotte Edwards said: ‘It was fantastic to get off to a good start with a decent score and contributions all the way through the order. Personally it was the best start to a tour for me for a while which bodes well for Wednesday.’

Heather Knight said: ‘The team put in a good, strong performance today, the heat was a challenge but we coped with it well, even the players who haven’t played in Australia before, myself included. I enjoyed the game today, it was good to get out and bat in the middle and I’m looking forward to getting out there at the WACA on Wednesday.’

The game was the first of two 50-over warm up matches ahead of England women's One Day International series against Australia women which starts on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at the WACA, Perth.

Fiona Maddocks : ECB

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