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Cricket: Australia take lead in Women’s Ashes

July 28, 2015

England will have to come from behind if they are to retain the Women’s Ashes after Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry combined to secure a comfortable Australia victory in the last of the three-match Royal London ODI series in Worcester.

Lanning showed her class for the second game running, following a century in Australia’s series-levelling win in Bristol on Thursday by defying a slow New Road pitch to make 85 from 89 balls – and making England pay for fluffing a run-out chance when she was still in single figures.

The home team never really recovered, succumbing to 152 all out and an 89-run defeat that leaves them 4-2 down in the multi-format Ashes – although there are 10 points still to be play for, starting with the Kia Test at Canterbury next week.

The win also lifts Australia five points clear at the top of the ICC Women’s World Championship, and seven ahead of England who remain in fourth – with only the top four teams securing automatic qualification to the 2017 World Cup.

Full story via The ECB

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