In a heart-warming clash between Australia Women and England Women in the Women’s WC clash at Seddon Park, the former had the last laugh on Saturday. Australian women batted first in what was their first game of the tournament against England and notched a huge total of 310 runs on the board. The opener, R Hayden set the tone with an outstanding century.
She managed to score 130 runs in 131 deliveries, a knock which was laced with 14 fours and 1 six. Skipper Lanning gave her valuable support as she also played a valuable knock of 86 runs in 110 balls. Thanks to those two contributions, Australia managed to post a winning total on the board.
England’s bowling attack looked clueless against some sensational ball striking from the Australians. N Sciver picked two wickets but went for 68 runs in her 10 overs. Besides, the likes of K Brunt (1 for 54) and Kate Cross (0 for 62) also failed to make a significant impact with the ball.
England’s women’s team, in reply, lost Lauren Winfield Hill for nought in the very first over of the second innings. However, Tammy Beaumont then joined hands with Heather Knight and the duo led a great recovery. They added 92 runs for the second innings and got England back into the game. Heather Knight, unfortunately, got out after scoring 40 off 51 balls but Beaumont kept taking England closer to the score. She managed to score 74 off 82 balls. However, the one who stole the show was Natalie Sciver.
The English cricketer stayed right till the end and gave her team all the hopes of winning the game. He played an unbeaten knock of 109 runs in 85 balls but found little support from the other end. Wickets kept falling at the other end and England, eventually, fell 12 runs short of the target.
Brief Scores: Australia 310 for 3 (Haynes 130, Lanning 86) beat England 298 for 8 (Sciver 109*, Beaumont 74, King 3-59) by 12 runs