June 20, 2001

Australian women complete second win of England tour


The Australian Southern Stars women's team completed their second win in as many starts on their tour of England and Ireland yesterday, comfortably beating an England & Wales Cricket Board Development XI by 170 runs.

Australia made 257 for 8 from their fifty overs after being sent into bat at Walker's Ground, Southgate. All-rounder Karen Rolton top scored, making 57 before retiring. Experienced openers Lisa Keightley (36) and Belinda Clark (34) made solid contributions, while tail-ender Charmaine Mason made an unbeaten 30.

Best of the ECB XI bowlers was Kathryn Leng, the leg-spinner who recently played for the Bradford-Leeds UCCE men's eleven after she was dropped from the England national squad. Leng took 2/32 from nine overs yesterday.

In reply, the ECB could only make 87 runs before being dismissed in the 49th over. Mason capped off an excellent day by taking 4/22 with her medium-fast deliveries. Julie Hayes took three wickets, Avril Fahey two and Olivia Magno one.

Having also beaten an MCC eleven at the same ground on Monday, the Australians have the day off today before another meeting with the ECB Development side on Thursday at Radlett, Hertfordshire. The first Test in the CricInfo Women's Series between England and Australia will commence at Shenley on Sunday.