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Thatscricket - Women's - News - England threatens, in control of second Ashes Test

Published: Monday, February 24, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
 
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England is in prime position after two days of the second and final Test match in the Ashes series. With Australia having already retained the Ashes, England would be keen to level the series and finish its tour on ahigh. [an error occurred while processing this directive]With wet weather forecast and a delayed start, England won the toss and sent Australia in. Belinda Clark opened the batting with Test debutant KrisBritt. With only a 45 minute first session, this pair made a cautious start before Clark (16) was the first of Lucy Pearson's seven victims, playing the ball onto the stumps while attempting to let it go. Karen Rolton (0) was next in and next out, lasting only 15 minutes before she played a less than 100 per cent defence shot at spinner Laura Harper into leg with the ball rebounding back onto the stumps. Lunch was taken at this point with Australia 21 for 2. Britt was next to go, lbw Pearson for 5 before a 65-run partnership between Mel Jones and Lisa Sthalekar. Unfortunately Sthalekar (18) gave her wicketaway just when she looked set for a big innings, hitting a simple catch toSarah Collyer at mid-wicket off the bowling of Pearson. Jones, having completed her first Test 50, was then dismissed with the score on 99 for 58,bowled leg stump by Pearson. The remaining five wickets fell for the addition of 35 runs. Julie Hayes was caught behind for 0 off Pearson before Alex Blackwell (13) and Cathryn Fitzpatrick (18) combined for 21. Blackwell was also caught behind offPearson. Julia Price (4) was bowled by Pearson, Fitzpatrick was caught byLaura Newton off Kathryn Leng and Emma Twining was bowled by Leng for 0.Therese McGregor was not out 0. Australia's innings lasted 67.1 overs for 134 runs. Pearson finished with the outstanding career best figures of 51 for 7 off 25, Leng 2 for 5 off 3.1 andHarper 1 for 38 off 15. Leng will resume bowling on a hat-trick in the second innings. Collyer and Leng opened the innings, with Collyer out in the first over for 0, caught behind off Fitzpatrick. At stumps, England was 21 for 1 with Leng and Edwards the not out batters. Sunday's play was hindered by persistent rain which prevented play in most local grade matches. But thanks to the good work of the groundsmen, 71 overs were bowled in a stop-start day. The score moved to 48 before Leng played the ball forward of square and took off for the single only to be rightly sent back by Edwards as the ball had gone to Sthalekar. Leng was easily run out for 21. Edwards was next to fall for 40, lbw to Hayes, with the score on 70. Arran Thompson fell at the same score after struggling to 2 off 46 balls in 44minutes. She was lbw to Britt who took a wicket in her first over of Testcricket. However Lydia Greenway (31*) and Claire Taylor (45*) then put on 81 runs to give England a 17 run lead at stumps (151 for 4).Fitzpatrick has 1 for 44 off 28, Hayes 1 for 32 off 20 and Britt 1 for 17 off 7. In an attempt to make up for lost time, play resumes at 10.30 on Monday.Courtesy: Bronwyn Calver
Women's Cricket Update

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