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Thatscricket - Women's - News - Fitzpatrick rips through top, Eng 103 all out

Published: Monday, June 25, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Hertfordshire: Australia was well placed to forge ahead in the first of the two-Test series against England on Sunday at Shenley. England was all out with 90 minutes of the first day to go to be dismissed for 103 off 83.1 overs.After opting to make fist use of the pitch, England got off to a horrible start with Cathryn Fitzpatrick ripping trough the top order. She first had Arran Thompson (1) caught at slips off a brilliant diving catch by Bradfoot to strike the first blow. With the Southern Stars maintaining a tight leash to have England restricted to less than a run an over, Fitzpatrick struck her send blow when she cleaned up Jane Cassar for a single. Debutant McGregor then trapped captain Clare Connor in front to claim her first Test scalp and reduce England to 17 for three. England went into lunch at 26 for three.After lunch Fitzpatrick removed opener Caroline Atkins lbw for 10. Kate Lowe top-scored with 23 before being castled by Fitzpatrick to have England in dire straits on 50 for 5.Claire Taylor (18) and Laura Harper (19) then looked like taking England out of the woods with a partnership of 40 but Claire Taylors dismissal off a run out by Magno changed the script completely in the Aussies favour. The last five wickets tumbled for a meagre 13 runs. Nicky Shaw (0) was caught by Lisa Keightley off Magno, Harper was caught by Magno off McGregor, Clare Taylor (5) was caught behind by Julia Price off Magno and Dawn Holden become Fitzpatrick's fifth victim when she was bowled for 7.Fitzpatrick was the Southern star of the day with a booty of five for 29 off 18.1 overs while McGregor (2 for 13 off 15 overs) and Magno (2 for 13 off 17 overs) extended able support.In reply, Australia had faced 20 overs by stumps and was well on its way to surpassing Englands 103. Southern Stars finished the day on 60 for two with Keightley on 19 and Goszko on 21. Belinda Clark was lbw to Lucy Pearson for 9 while Karen Rolton was bowled for a duck.Australia will be looking to get quick runs on Monday in a bid to win its first Test on English soil since 1987.Australia went in with three Test debutants - Louise Broadfoot, Michelle Goszko and Therese McGregor while England's went in with five - C Atkins, L Harper, D Holden, N Shaw and A Thompson.

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