Picture Blog: England v. Australia 1st Women's Ashes ODI at Taunton, 21 Jul 2015
A pretty gorgeous day at Taunton was completed with an England win, a generally very good performance from the women coupled with a slightly disappointing Australian one, meant that England came out on top. Australia could have got maybe 20 more runs, that may have been enough to force more errors in the middle of the game when England were looking shaky on 80-4.
Katherine Brunt led the attack with 3-48 off her 10 overs, and an excellent fielding display, with a few minor exceptions, led to an additional 4 run outs as the Australian decision making and communication between the wickets left a bit to be desired.
England's top order were largely underwhelming with the exception of an unlucky Edwards, playing onto her stumps, and an impressive cameo of 30 from Taylor. A resurgent Nat Sciver then took an important opportunity, hitting a powerful 66 with her best shots square of the wicket and straight down the ground. Coupled with a vital partnership of 122 with Lydia Greenway, who battled through, sticking with it after a slow start to make a typically innovative 53, full of nifty footwork and Eoin Morgan-esque sweeps and reverse sweeps, it was enough to take us near the required total.
Sciver can be a power hitter when she wants, easily finding the boundary; and Greenway always plays in her unique and often effective way. They gave their wickets away a bit unnecessarily, but the damage was done by then. Georgia Elwiss then plundered the last runs with a fine cameo of 25*. She also looks to have hitting power.
It was this most beautiful of games at its best, as you can see from the photos.