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England Women win first ODI

England Women defeat Australia women by seven wickets in the first One Day International of the 2014 Ashes Series at the MCG

England Women win first ODI - Cricket News
Lydia Greenway of England remains unbeaten on 69 to guide the team to victory in the first ODI.
Meg Lanning was elevated to Captain in the absence of Jodie Fields, who was withdrawn from the match after she fractured her finger at training yesterday. Lanning (13) won the toss and elected to bat, opening the innings with ODI debutant Elyse Villani (8).
 
The opening duo found their touch and the boundaries early before Villani was trapped LBW by Anya Shrubsole (1-55) in the seventh over. Lanning followed four overs later when she hit one to Heather Knight at gully off the bowling of Jenny Gunn (1-30). Jess Cameron (21) tried to lift the run rate before she was caught at mid-off by Shrubsole to give Danielle Wyatt (1-22) her sole wicket for the innings. Ellyse Perry (65*) joined Alex Blackwell (82*) at the crease at a crucial time in the innings following a slow start.
 
They steadied the innings and put on an unbeaten 141- run partnership from 153 deliveries.  Blackwell found the boundary on five occasions and smashed a six over deep mid-wicket, while Perry also notched up four fours. The duo accelerated in the last 10 overs of their innings when they added 78 runs to their side’s total to finish 3-209 from their 50 overs. Blackwell’s unbeaten half century was her 16th ODI half century, while Perry brought up her second ODI half century.
 
England captain Charlotte Edwards (41) picked up where she left off following her solid performance in the second innings of the Test in Perth. She toiled away at the top of the order with Knight (9), finding the boundary on seven occasions with ease. Knight fell in the 14th over when she was caught at gully by Cameron off the bowling of Julie Hunter (1-31).
 
Sarah Taylor (9) looked dangerous early before she chipped one in the air to Lanning at mid-on, giving Erin Osborne (1-29) her only wicket of the match. Edwards fell the very next over when she was trapped LBW by Holly Ferling (1-29). Lydia Greenway (69*) and Arran Brindle (64*) combined well in the middle order to build an unbeaten 142-run partnership, taking their side to 3-210 with 19 balls to spare.
 
Prior to the match Villani was presented with ODI cap number 126 by Head Coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick.

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