Knight, Hartley help England claim first points on tour

England women 8 for 284 (Knight 88*, Beaumont 74, Taylor69, Schutt 4-44) beat Australia women 9 for 257 (Healy 71, Bolton 62, Hartley 3-45) by 20 runs (DLS method)

Led firmly by the captain Heather Knight, England outmanoeuvred Australia in the third match of the women’s Ashes at Coffs Harbour to close the gap between the sides to just two points ahead of the Test match leg of the contest in North Sydney next week.

Much as Australia had done in game two, England made the most of the opportunity to bat first and set the hosts a target beyond their reach, aided by a rain delay that reduced the pursuit by two overs and upset the momentum of the opener Alyssa Healy and Nicole Bolton when they were motoring along at better than a-run-a-ball.

It was Knight who provided the spinal contribution of England’s innings, gliding to 88 from a mere 80 deliveries, aided by strong top-order contributions from Sarah Taylor and Tammy Beaumont, who lasted until the 36th over after losing her opening partner Lauren Winfield for a duck to Ellyse Perry with the new ball.

Full report to follow

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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