Australia vs England: Women’s Ashes first ODI cricket live scores, blog

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    Cricket is back, and we kick off the international summer with the oldest rivalry to date, as Australia take on England in the first ODI of the Women’s Ashes at Allan Border Field this Sunday. Join The Roar for live scores and highlights from 10:15am (AEDT).

    The last time the Women’s Ashes were held in Australia, the English came away with the urn.

    Heading back to the United Kingdom to defend their title, Australia were superb in their tour, taking back the Ashes in a thrilling series.

    Now, we are back once again, in a blockbuster summer, which promises to delight.

    The Women’s Ashes works slightly differently to the men’s, with the series played over three formats.

    The series operates through a points system, with each limited-overs win being worth two points (one point if the game is a tie or abandoned), while the winner of the Test will gain four points (two points each if drawn).

    As well as that, this Ashes series marks the first time that the new ICC Championship system will be in play.

    The Championships see the top eight teams meet in an ODI round-robin competition that spans four years, with automatic qualification for the 2021 World Cup on the line, so this series is vitally important, not just for the famous trophy at the end.

    The Australians hold the urn currently, but were soundly beaten in the 2017 World Cup semi final, going down to India, while the English will be full of confidence following their World Cup victory on home soil.

    The two teams also met in the group stages, with the English beating the Aussies by 3 runs in a thriller.

    The main issue for the Aussies is their captain. Meg Lanning is arguably the best women’s batsmen in the world, and the Australians will be without her this series as she recovers from injury.

    It is a jarring blow to their Ashes defence, and Rachel Haynes will have to step up in a big way to replace Lanning, not just as a batsmen, but as an onfield leader.

    Players to watch

    Australia: Alyssa Healy
    The ‘Brad Haddin’ of the women’s team, Healy is extremely vocal behind the pegs. Her keeping work itself is outstanding; with clean hands and good footwork all ensuing she is relatively tidy behind the stumps. Her batting is no joke either, as she is explosive and dangerous down the bottom of the order. For Australia to hold onto the urn, they will be relying on Healy to have a big series.

    England: Natalie Sciver
    A devastating batsmen, Sciver is dangerous when she’s at the crease. A clean striker of the ball, Sciver has played quite a bit in Australia, turning out for the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL over the past two seasons. Combined with that, she is also a tricky medium pace bowler, with subtle variations having netted her 30 ODI wickets.

    Prediction

    Australia is hurting from their World Cup loss, and while they are missing Lanning, are still extremely dangerous. They know their conditions well, and have a strong squad in. Expect them to take home the first win of the summer, and set the tone for the remaining series, and the men’s Ashes to come.

    Australia by 20 runs.

    Can Australia come out firing and strike the first blow in the battle for the Ashes. Or will the English be riding high off their World Cup success, and use that to fire them towards the first victory of their campaign? Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 10am (AEDT).

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    • Roar Guru

      5:38pm
      Dylan Carmody said | 5:38pm | ! Report

      Match Report:

      An Alex Blackwell-led Australia has drawn first blood in the opening ODI, defeating England by two wickets at Allan Border Field on Sunday, going two points up in the Women’s Ashes.

      Australia won the toss and sent the English into bat on a warm, sunny Brisbane morning, and the English got off to a good start with Tammy Beaumont (24) and Lauren Winfield (48), before Ellyse Perry (2/50) grabbed Beaumont’s wicket with a good catch at mid off by Megan Schutt.

      Sarah Taylor looked good before succumbing LBW to Ashleigh Gardner (3/47), and then a horrific run out, which saw Heather Knight sell Winfield down the river turned the momentum for Australia.

      Strangling England with some tight bowling, Natalie Sciver (36) got England back into the contest, but late wickets to Megan Schutt (2/44) and Jess Jonassen (1/38) saw England struggle to 9/228.

      It was always going to be a tricky run chase, but Alyssa Healy started like a house on fire, hitting three boundaries off the first over.

      England came storming back into the contest however, as Katherine Brunt (2/47) and Anya Shrubsole (1/21) strangled Australia, nicking off Nicole Bolton, and nabbing Alyssa Healy with a poor shot from the keeper.

      The Aussies rebuilt under Ellyse Perry (20) and Elyse Villani (38), but when Alex Hartley (2/40) had Perry stumped after drinks, and Rachel Haynes ran out Villani, England seemed to be in control of the game.

      But then in came Alex Blackwell, who batted with a presence of calmness and experience that seemed to be lacking out in the middle. She lost Haynes (30) and McGrath, but found a willing partner in Gardner (27) who blasted England to all parts of the ground to bring Australia home.

      The end of the match was not without drama, with Gardner caught trying to hit the ball out of the ground, and Amanda-Jade Wellington run out with two runs required, but the first ball of the last over saw Jess Jonassen hit a four to take home the first win of the Ashes for Australia.

      Alex Blackwell finished on 67 not out, and was named Player of the Match for her efforts.

      This means Australia take home two points in the series, and now only need a further six points to retain the Ashes.

      The second ODI is on October 22nd at Coff’s Harbour, with play starting at 10:15am (AEST).

    • Roar Guru

      5:25pm
      Dylan Carmody said | 5:25pm | ! Report

      END OF THE MATCH

      AUSTRALIA 8/231 DEFEAT ENGLAND 9.228 BY 2 WICKETS

      What a start to our international summer! Australia go up in the series, and take two points in their quest to retain the Ashes. Alex Blackwell was fantastic, anchoring the innings with an unbeaten 67, whilst Elyse Villani (38), Rachel Haynes (30) and Ash Gardner(27) all playing supporting roles.

      The bowling effort was fantastic from the Australians, as Ashleigh Gardner also picked up 3/47 in a great display of off spin bowling. England looked good, but were unable to capitalise on their starts.

      The next ODI will be on October 26th at Coff’s Harbour on Thursday, join us then! Thank you for joiningme today though, been a blast! Match review will be up shortly!

    • 5:24pm
      Maggie said | 5:24pm | ! Report

      Exciting finish, well done Aussie women. Great batting by Blackwell, calm and tactical under pressure.

    • Roar Guru

      5:19pm
      Dylan Carmody said | 5:19pm | ! Report

      50TH OVER

      FOUR

      Here we go, Jess Jonassen on strike, and Jonassen smokes this for four!!! Through the covers, great shot and Australia draw first blood in the series!

    • Roar Guru

      5:18pm
      Dylan Carmody said | 5:18pm | ! Report

      49TH OVER

      Big shout from Brunt, but this one is sliding down leg.

      Desperate appeal from the English.

      OUT

      Run out!! Great fielding by Sciver in mid wicket, once more and its a massive mix up, Wellington and Blackwell cross, so the leg spinner must make her way back to the pavilion, and we are going to go into the last over, Australia needing 2 runs off 6 balls with 2 wickets in hand!

    • Roar Guru

      5:16pm
      Dylan Carmody said | 5:16pm | ! Report

      49TH OVER

      Again, drop and run from Australia, Blackwell drops and runs, 4 runs needed now, just a boundary away.

      Wellington times this well, gets two and Australia only need two more runs now!

    • Roar Guru

      5:15pm
      Dylan Carmody said | 5:15pm | ! Report

      49TH OVER

      7 off 12 needed for the Aussies.

      Brunt to start.

      Great single from Blackwell. Quick running as Blackwell drops and runs in the covers.

      Leg bye from Wellington, Australia need 5

    • Roar Guru

      5:14pm
      Dylan Carmody said | 5:14pm | ! Report

      48TH OVER

      9 off 15, Wellington on strike.

      Wellington plays and misses, and Taylor takes the stumps! We are going upstairs, and Wellington just gets her foot down, great keeping but that is close.

      Not out the call, here we go as Wellington runs this down to third man, 8 off 13.

      Blackwell just pushes this down to long off, 7 needed from 12

      AUSTRALIA 7/222 (48)
      Blackwell 65 Wellington 1

    • Roar Pro

      5:11pm
      JD St George said | 5:11pm | ! Report

      I think England now wish they didn’t get McGrath out now.

    • Roar Guru

      5:10pm
      Dylan Carmody said | 5:10pm | ! Report

      48TH OVER

      Jenny Gunn comes on now, as Australia needs 11 off 18

      37 runs the partnership between Blackwell and Gardner

      Gardner heaves this over mid wicket, gets one as the deficit goes down to 10 runs.

      Blackwell now gets herself a single as she drives down the ground, easy single and we are into single digits.

      OUT

      GOT HER!

      Gunn bowls a short, slow and wide one, and Gardner tries to hit this out of the ground. What an innings by Gardner, match-winning almost, but not quite, as the Aussies are still 9 runs away from victory. 3 wickets in hand, this still isn’t over!

    • Roar Guru

      5:08pm
      Dylan Carmody said | 5:08pm | ! Report

      47TH OVER

      Brunt continues, Blackwell nabs a single near fine leg.

      25 off 23 required….

      Gardner tries to smack this, but she top edged it onto her helmet, no damage done, but another single.

      Gardner toes this one down to long on, she’s trying to hit everything out of the ground.

      Good stuff from Blackwell, as she nudges this down to fine leg for another one.

      SIX

      CLUTCH FROM GARDNER! Slog sweeps Brunt for a big six, massive blow and Gardner has really connected with one!!

      Oh no, 5 wides as Brunt slides this one down leg and Taylor is up, she can’t get to this one, no matter how good she is. Australia are well on top now.

      Last ball of the over, must must must execute here to come back from this.

      Times this well off the back foot, gets one off it. Australia well on top now.

      AUSTRALIA 6/218 (47)
      Blackwell 63 Gardner 26

    • Roar Guru

      5:01pm
      Dylan Carmody said | 5:01pm | ! Report

      46TH OVER

      Shrubsole is bowling well, Blackwell defends back to her.

      Quick single as Blackwell dabs into the covers, good stuff.

      Big inside edge, and the Australians will get two and Gardner nearly throws her back out trying to hit this out of the park.

      Third man is up, Ash Gardner finds her as she dabs down there. She now finds point as she pushes off the back foot.

      Last ball coming up, huge.

      Tries to heave it away, bit of a mix up but all is well.

      AUSTRALIA 6/203 (46)
      Blackwell 61 Gardner 18

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