Women’s Ashes: Beth Mooney, Darcie Brown shine as Australia defeat England in 1st ODI;

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Women's Ashes: Beth Mooney, Darcie Brown shine as Australia defeat England in 1st ODI;
Women's Ashes: Beth Mooney, Darcie Brown shine as Australia defeat England in 1st ODI;

Women’s Ashes: Beth Mooney, Darcie Brown shine as Australia defeat England in 1st ODI;

Women’s Ashes: Beth Mooney‘s 73-run knock was followed up by Darcie Brown‘s four-wicket haul to help Australia defeat England by 27 runs in the first ODI of the three-match series here at the Manuka Oval, Canberra.

Australia has gained an 8-4 lead in the Women’s Ashes and has maintained the urn as a consequence of this victory. England’s chase for 206 got off to a terrible start as Darcie Brown sent Tammy Beaumont (3) and Heather Knight (0) back to the pavilion in the fourth over of the game, reducing the visitors to 10/2. Nat Sciver and Lauren Winfield Hill then contributed 29 runs to the total. Megan Schutt got the better of Winfield Hill (13) in the 11th over, breaking the partnership, and England was reduced to 39/3.

Despite Nat Sciver’s 45-run innings, England continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, and the visitors were reduced to 103/6 in the 27th over, still 103 runs short of their target. Despite scores of 20 and 32 by Danni Wyatt and Katherine Brunt, Australia was able to hold on for a 27-run victory.

AUSTRALIA WOMEN INNINGS (50 OVERS MAXIMUM)
BATTING R B 4s 6s SR
Rachael Haynes c †Jones b Shrubsole 4 13 1 0 30.76
Alyssa Healy † st †Jones b Cross 27 42 4 0 64.28
Meg Lanning (c)  b Cross 28 51 4 0 54.90
Ellyse Perry c & b Ecclestone 0 1 0 0 0.00
Beth Mooney c Winfield-Hill b Brunt 73 91 8 1 80.21
Tahlia McGrath  b Brunt 29 48 3 0 60.41
Ashleigh Gardner run out (Knight/†Jones) 12 14 1 0 85.71
Jess Jonassen c Beaumont b Cross 4 10 1 0 40.00
Alana King  b Brunt 18 29 2 0 62.06
Megan Schutt not out 1 1 0 0 100.00
Extras (b 1, lb 4, w 4) 9
TOTAL (50 Ov, RR: 4.10) 205/9
Did not bat: Darcie Brown
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Rachael Haynes, 3.3 ov), 2-60 (Meg Lanning, 16.6 ov), 3-61 (Ellyse Perry, 17.2 ov), 4-67 (Alyssa Healy, 20.1 ov), 5-125 (Tahlia McGrath, 34.1 ov), 6-141 (Ashleigh Gardner, 37.6 ov), 7-152 (Jess Jonassen, 40.6 ov), 8-204 (Alana King, 49.4 ov), 9-205 (Beth Mooney, 49.6 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON 0s 4s 6s WD NB
Katherine Brunt 10 1 40 3 4.00 42 7 0 1 0
Anya Shrubsole 10 0 44 1 4.40 39 5 1 0 0
Kate Cross 10 0 33 3 3.30 42 5 0 0 0
Sophie Ecclestone 10 0 36 1 3.60 36 3 0 0 0
Nat Sciver 10 0 47 0 4.70 32 4 0 2 0
ENGLAND WOMEN INNINGS (TARGET: 206 RUNS FROM 50 OVERS)
BATTING R B 4s 6s SR
Lauren Winfield-Hill c Gardner b Schutt 13 29 2 0 44.82
Tammy Beaumont c Lanning b Brown 3 12 0 0 25.00
Heather Knight (c) lbw b Brown 0 1 0 0 0.00
Nat Sciver c & b Brown 45 66 3 0 68.18
Amy Jones † c Perry b McGrath 16 29 3 0 55.17
Sophia Dunkley lbw b McGrath 5 6 1 0 83.33
Danni Wyatt  b Schutt 20 39 2 0 51.28
Katherine Brunt not out 32 46 1 0 69.56
Sophie Ecclestone lbw b Brown 3 9 0 0 33.33
Anya Shrubsole  b Jonassen 1 8 0 0 12.50
Kate Cross c & b Jonassen 17 26 3 0 65.38
Extras (b 5, lb 2, nb 1, w 15) 23
TOTAL (45 Ov, RR: 3.95) 178
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Tammy Beaumont, 3.3 ov), 2-10 (Heather Knight, 3.4 ov), 3-39 (Lauren Winfield-Hill, 10.1 ov), 4-74 (Amy Jones, 19.6 ov), 5-83 (Sophia Dunkley, 21.3 ov), 6-103 (Nat Sciver, 26.2 ov), 7-134 (Danni Wyatt, 32.5 ov), 8-143 (Sophie Ecclestone, 35.4 ov), 9-154 (Anya Shrubsole, 38.3 ov), 10-178 (Kate Cross, 44.6 ov)
BOWLING O M R W ECON 0s 4s 6s WD NB
Megan Schutt 9 1 39 2 4.33 37 4 0 4 0
Darcie Brown 10 0 34 4 3.40 42 2 0 5 1
Ellyse Perry 5 0 16 0 3.20 20 1 0 0 0
Jess Jonassen 8 0 30 2 3.75 29 3 0 0 0
Tahlia McGrath 10 1 34 2 3.40 36 3 0 1 0
Alana King 2 0 11 0 5.50 7 1 0 1 0
Ashleigh Gardner 1 0 7 0 7.00 2 1 0 0 0