England women take a second convincing win
over Western Australia women
England women recorded a
comfortable 116 run victory over Western Australia women at the Floreat
Oval in Perth today.
Charlotte Edwards won the toss and elected to bat following the team's confident performance yesterday. Edwards once again set the standard as she opened for England with a top score of 48. Following the early dismissal of Heather Knight, who was caught at mid-off, Claire Taylor (36) joined Edwards to build a partnership of 44, hitting five and eight boundaries respectively.
Edwards retired after 12 overs to make way for Lydia Greenway (22) who joined Taylor to put on 35, before Taylor was bowled playing a paddle sweep in the 18th over, putting England on 106-3. Four overs later, Greenway was caught and bowled by Gemma Triscari, but England remained composed and contributions continued right down the order.
Danni Wyatt 46
Katherine Brunt 4-24
Beth Morgan hit 29 off 36 balls before retiring at the end of the 35th
over to make way for the lower order to get into the middle. Danielle
Wyatt (46) grabbed this opportunity, running well between the wickets
and hitting five boundaries to make her highest score for England. Wyatt
was later bowled out attempting a reverse sweep, leaving England on
Dani Hazell (17) and Holly Colvin (6 not out) added a final 20 runs for England before Hazell was trapped leg before as England were bowled out for 245.
The England bowlers controlled Western Australia’s innings as Katherine Brunt (4-24) got the wickets falling in the sixth over by bowling out Nicole Bolton and then taking the second wicket through a catch at mid-on by Colvin.
Laura Marsh continued to build the pressure and was rewarded by trapping Jane Wallace leg before to leave Western Australia on 31-3.
Edwards and Colvin picked up the next three quick wickets to leave Western Australia in deep trouble midway through the 24th over.
Brunt returned for a second spell to bowl out Mel Holmes, shortly followed by Knight securing a catch in the slips off Brunt's bowling to leave the hosts on 116-8. Brunt finished with figures of 4-28.
The home side continued to chase the target but it was all in vain as England bowled them out for 129 with an over to spare.
Charlotte Edwards said: ‘We’ve prepared well and hit the ground running and got out of these last two games what we wanted. We will be going into Wednesday’s game with confidence. I’m looking forward to playing some good cricket and I’m sure it will be a good series.
Danielle Wyatt said: ’It was a great opportunity for me today, I was pleased to achieve a good score out in the middle. The heat wasn’t too bad, I just started to feel it after running a few threes with Beth (Morgan). I would have liked to have made 50, but hopefully my performance today will put me in good stead for the upcoming series.’
England women start their One Day International series against Australia women on Wednesday 5th January at the WACA, Perth.