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WOMENS: England beaten by 27 runs at Lord's


Jenny Gunn became England Women’s all-time leading wicket taker in the first of three NatWest Women’s International matches in the Women’s Ashes Series at Lord’s yesterday.But despite Gunn’s milestone and another disciplined performance from the England bowlers, Australia claimed a 27-run victory.

Australia owed much of their 203 for eight to 56 from Meg Lanning as Katherine Brunt and Laura Marsh impressed with 3-29 and 2-27 respectively.

Sussex's Arran Brindle (21) and Sarah Taylor (22, pictured yesterday) chipped in with runs in the top-order for England who were bowled out for 176. Fellow County team-mate Holly Colvin took the wicket of Ellyse Perry in the Australia innings.

The victory moves Australia to four points while England have two, with 10 still available from two more ODIs and three NatWest International T20s in the Women’s Ashes Series.

Laura Marsh said: “At the half way mark we were very confident with the run chase and set a good platform at the start, but unfortunately lost some key wickets at crucial times.

“We need to step up and take responsibility, there were some good contributions at the top of the order but I think we can all hold our hands up and say we can do much better than that.

“Katherine Brunt led the attack well and everyone contributed with the ball which was great. We would back ourselves to chase that total and everyone is very disappointed. We will assess what went wrong but we will also take the positives, we bowled really well and we’ll be looking to move on to Hove and perform much better there on Friday.”

England take on Australia in two ODI's over this weekend at The County Ground on Friday 23rd August and Sunday 25th August. Both matches start at 10.45am and entrance to all members is FREE. Click HERE for more information.

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