England v Australia, 1st women's Test, Hove, 2nd day

Edwards leads England reply

Cricinfo staff

August 10, 2005

Text size: A | A

England 230 for 4 (Edwards 69, Brindle 53*) trail Australia 355 for 9 (Rolton 71, Nitschke 81*) by 125 runs
Scorecard



Charlotte Edwards on her way to 69 © Getty Images
Enlarge
A run-rate of 2.35 overs, and just five wickets falling in an entire day's play? The menfolk would scoff at such conservative cricket, but for England's women, discretion was the better part of valour as they closed in on Australia's first-innings total of 355, on the second day of the first Ashes Test at Hove.

After the disappointment of letting Australia's tail off the hook yesterday, England were determined to grind their way back into the game, as first Charlotte Edwards, and then Clare Connor and Arran Brindle inched England back into contention. After Laura Newton had launched the reply with a hardhitting 24 from 22 balls, Edwards dug in to anchor the innings with 69 from 171 balls, including 12 measured fours.

She was eventually bowled by Shelley Nitschke, who had done so much to frustrate England earlier in the match, after Australia had slumped to 115 for 7. Her unbeaten 81 from No. 10 was the highest international score of her career and her first international half-century as well, as she and Clea Smith (42) added a further 27 to their overnight 328 for 9.

Smith and Nitschke added 119 for the tenth wicket, until Katherine Brunt struck with her third wicket, for figures of 3 for 64. But the frustration that England's bowlers felt was matched by their Australian counterparts, as England ground their way towards first-innings parity. Claire Taylor chipped in with 35, before Connor (41) added 84 with Brindle for the fourth wicket.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

TopTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
ESPNcricinfo staffClose
Fixtures Results
Only Test: Eng Women v India Women at Wormsley
Aug 13-16, 2014 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
1st ODI: Eng Women v India Women at Scarborough
Aug 21, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
2nd ODI: Eng Women v India Women at Scarborough
Aug 23, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
3rd ODI: Eng Women v India Women at Lord's
Aug 25, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
1st T20I: Eng Women v SA Women at Chelmsford
Sep 1, 2014 (18:30 local | 17:30 GMT | 13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT)
Complete fixtures »