The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have recorded a 101-run win over England Women A in a 50-over tour based on the Duckworth-Lewis method following a rain interrupted match at Wellington College on Saturday.
Meg Lanning (61) and Alyssa Healy (41 retired) got the visitors off to a solid start, having no trouble finding the boundary, notching up 13 and six fours respectively, before Lanning was caught out by Katie Cross off the bowling of Rebecca Grundy (2-47).
Healy, along with a number of other batters throughout the Australian innings, was retired in order to ensure everyone received sufficient match practice in the shorter form of the game.
Jess Cameron (31) and Alex Blackwell (26) added some quick-fire runs to the total before Blackwell was retired and Cameron was caught out by Fran Wilson off the bowling of Grundy.
Captain Jodie Fields looked comfortable out in the middle, accruing 19 runs before she was caught out by Natasha Miles off the bowling of Alice Davidson-Richards (1-42), while Elyse Villani added six runs during her 17 minutes at the crease.
Ellyse Perry (38) blasted four fours and a huge six before she was retired after a fruitful partnership with Erin Osborne (40), who was run out by Fran Wilson.
Sarah Coyte added 17 runs late in the piece, while Julie Hunter (0*) came to the middle late in the innings but didn’t face a ball before the 50 overs were up.
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars finished 6-306 from their 50 overs, with a further three batters retired during the innings.
Rain reduced England Women’s A to 30 overs at the crease and they were set a target of 226 to chase down based on the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Ellyse Perry (1-30) had the first breakthrough of the innings, with opening batter Miles (3) caught behind by Alyssa Healy.
Her opening partner didn’t trouble the Australian side too much either, with Healy in the action again, catching Amy Jones (13) behind off the bowling of Julie Hunter (2-19).
England Women’s A captain Danielle Wyatt (39) was the most effective with the bat and made the highest total for her side before she was caught out by Rachael Haynes off the bowling of Sarah Coyte (1-7).
The wickets were shared evenly among the Australian side as they made light work of their opponents, with Hunter (2-19), Megan Schutt (2-15) and Jonassen (2-11) finishing with two each and Erin Osborne (1-7) also chiming in for one. England Women A finished at 9-124 from their 30 overs.
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will travel to London on Sunday ahead of their first One Day International against England on Tuesday at Lord’s.
First Posted 18 August, 2013 12:50PM AEDT