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Lydia Greenway 50 helps England win opening Ashes ODI

Tuesday 21st July 2015

Kent Cricket Academy graduate Lydia Greenway hit a crucial 50 for England as they won the opening Ashes Royal London ODI at Taunton by four wickets.

Her 53 in a 112-run stand with Natalie Sciver proved crucial as England came back from an early wobble to win with more than four overs to spare in the first of a three-match 50-over series.

Australia won the toss and batted first with Katherine Brunt striking to remove openers Elyse Villani andJess Jonassen with the new ball before Kate Cross struck with a wicket-maiden in her first over to dismiss touring skipper Meg Lanning.

Ellyse Perry (78) and Alex Blackwell (53) lead the recovery, putting on 121 in 26 overs.

Blackwell and Jess Cameron were run out as the middle order looked to accelerate scoring at more than a run a ball before both were run out, Blackwell by vice-captain Knight before Kent's Lydia Greenway struck to remove Cameron.

Two more run outs restricted the scoring as Kent captain Edwards and Katherine Brunt struck with excellent fielding before Brunt returned at the death to trap Kristen Beams LBW.

Ellyse Perry capped a fine all-round game by picking up the prized wicket of Charlotte Edwards for 15 as the Australian attack reduced England to 79-3 in the 18th over.

England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor scored a run-a-ball 30 before she departed and Farnborough-born Greenway and all-rounder Sciver came to the crease.

The pair's fifth-wicket century stand in 21.3 overs accelerated the scoring before Greenway was caught well by Blackwell off the bowling of debutant Kristen Beams.

Aussie off-spinner Erin Osborne picked up 3-39 including the scalp of Sciver but the damage was done and Georgia Elwiss (25*) and Brunt (7*) put on an unbeaten partnership of 15 off 14 balls to seal the win.

The match is the first in a three-match 50-over series before the Kia Women’s Test at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence on August 11-14.

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Australia take on Englandat The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrencein the only Women's Ashes Test Match as part of an extended Canterbury Week this summer.

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Royal London ODI*,

Taunton

2 points

1 point

1 point

July 23,

Royal London ODI*,

Bristol County Ground

2 points

1 point

1 point

July 26,

Royal London ODI*,

New Road, Worcester

2 points

1 point

1 point

August

11 – 14,

Kia Women’s Test,

The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence

4 points

2 points

2 points

August26,

NatWest T20I,

Essex County Ground, Chelmsford

2 points

Super Over

1 point

August 28,

NatWest T20I,

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2 points

Super Over

1 point

August 31,

NatWest T20I,

SSE SWALEC, Cardiff

2 points

Super Over

1 point