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Thatscricket - Women's - News - Belinda strokes her way into form with classy 81

Published: Tuesday, February 4, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Belinda Clark eased her way back into form with a classy 81 to restore Australias batting effort which ran into early strife at 22/2 (Rolton) and later 68/3 (Gosko). Her effort helped Southern Stars defeat England by 106 runs on Sunday at Lincoln 3.Normally a top performer, Clark was lying low thus far at the World Series with Rolton shouldering most of the burden, but on Sunday she stroked her way back into form. With the Southern Stars losing the prolific Rolton it was up to skipper Clark to shepherd her team through, which she did with gleeful abundance.She was well supported, in her effort to restore parity, by Melanie Jones (37). She and Jones put on 79 runs for the fourth wicket before Clark departed when she stepped out to heave Sarah Collyer only to be cleaned up.Lower down the order Julia Hayes came up with a cameo (44 - 52 ball) to supplement her skippers effort and take her team to 226/8 in 50 overs.For England Collyer picked up a couple, while the rest picked up a wicket each.Englands reply was off to a disastrous start and never recovered to end up being bowled for 120. Skipper Connor was the top-scorer with 29.The Aussie attack proved to hot for the Brits with most bowlers sharing the spoils. If Fitzpatrick did away with the top, Britt cleaned up the lower-middle. Britt and Fitzpatrick had figures of 4 for 16 and 3 for 17 respectively.

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Mithali's knock in vain, India loses by 53
Rolton, Tiffen in tune, Clark, Drumm lying low
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