Australia has continued their winning start to the Women’s Ashes Series with an impressive display at Coffs Harbour.
After taking out the first leg of the ODI’s, the Aussies ran out 75-run winners using the Duckworth Lewis system to make it two from two.
Thanks to an undefeated 89 off just 56 balls from Rachael Haynes, Australia posted 6-296, a total which was revised to 285 after a hail storm stopped play.
In response, England were bowled out for 209 in the 43rd over, unable to handle swing bowler Megan Schutt who claimed four wickets for the hosts.
Ellyse Perry, Nicole Bolton and Alyssa Healy all registered half-centuries for the Aussies, setting the platform for Haynes to steer Australia to their second highest score ever against England.
It was an eventful match for Perry, who after hitting multiple sixes in her knock of 67 runs was banned by the umpire from bowling after delivering consecutive waist-high full-tosses.
Perry was forced from the attack having bowled only 2.4 overs, however it mattered not thanks to the wicket-taking prowess displayed by Megan Schutt, Kristen Beams and Jess Jonassen.
Jenny Gunn was the pick of the bowlers for England, with figures of 4-55 in her 10 overs including the vital wicket of Ellyse Perry, who was putting on a superb batting display.
The Aussies’ preparation for the contest experienced a hiccup when dangerous all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner was ruled out with concussion after being hit in the helmet by a delivery during the first ODI last Sunday.
Gardner was replaced by leg-spinner Kirsten Beams, who made the most of her opportunity taking 2-38 in her 7.2 overs, an important cameo after the unfortunate circumstances surrounding Perry.
The victory means Australia is sitting on four points for the series, needing a total of eight points to retain the Ashes.
The third and final ODI of the series is on Sunday at Coffs Harbour, before the day-night test match commences at North Sydney Oval on the 9th of November.
Remaning Women’s Ashes Schedule:
- One ODI worth 2 points
- One Test Match worth 4 points
- Three T20’s each worth 2 points