Australia began the final day on 57-5, needing 185 to win. Some excellent bowling and fielding saw the tourists wrap up the victory before lunch bowling the Southern Stars all out for 123. Seamer Brunt, who is an integral part of the Yorkshire women’s set-up, finished with figures of 2 for 25 from her six overs in the second innings. Earlier in the match she took 1 for 30 in the first innings.
The win in Perth earns England six points in the multi-format series, and they only need to win two of the six limited-overs games to keep the trophy.
Top-order batsman Gary Ballance (pictured right) top scored for England in their six wicket defeat to Australia in the first One-Day International at the MCG. England set Australia 270 to win with Ballance showing his potential at the elite level with a well-crafted 79 from 96 balls including six fours. Two of his Yorkshire teammates were also involved with Joe Root struggling to make an impact losing his wicket for three. All-rounder Tim Bresnan bludgeoned 16 at the back end of England’s innings. With the ball, he took 1 for 56 from his nine overs with Root also chipping in with a wicket from his two overs conceding 11 runs. Australia reached their target with just five overs remaining and England will need to bounce back in the second ODI which takes place in Brisbane on Friday.
Elsewhere in Australia, White Rose Captain Andrew Gale finished on 84 not out for Dandenong in the Victorian Premier League. Dandenong ended the day 179 for 2 – 50 runs ahead of Hawthorn-Monash University, who they bowled out earlier in the day for 128. Going into next week’s final day, Gale will be looking to secure his century and build an unassailable lead to relieve the pressure on the team, who are hovering near the bottom of the league table.
Off-spinner Azeem Rafiq (pictured) played his first game for Dandenong West in a local derby against North Dandenong. Batting first, and coming in at number four, Rafiq scored 35 including one maximum and a boundary. His side ended on 161 all out. North Dandenong were too strong knocking off the total in 38 overs with three wickets to spare. In the second innings Rafiq bowled eight overs for 35 runs without taking a wicket. Wests are just below halfway in the Dandenong District Cricket Association table and will be hoping that the Yorkshire twirler can bring them some look in the second half of the league programme.
Wicketkeeper Dan Hodgson, who played his first game for Victorian side Mount Waverley against Croydon, helped them to a 10-run victory. Opening the batting, he scored 10 before losing his wicket. His side completed their innings on 163 for 9 from 45 overs. He took a stumping towards the end of Croydon’s innings bowling out the opposition for 153 with 1.3 overs left in the game.
Over in Western Australia, Jack Brooks, playing his second game for Willetton Dragons, helped them to a one-run victory in sweltering conditions. The Dragons, batting first, ended their 50 overs on 255 for 2.
Brooks opened the bowling for Willetton. Under extreme heat he bowled with pace and showed his prowess with figures of 1 for 47 from his 10 overs. In a tense affair, they managed to bowl out top of the table Joondalup for 254 with 2.3 overs remaining. The victory sees Willeetton move into third place in the table, ideally placed for Premiership glory going into the second-half of the season.
Jack Leaning playing for Sydney grade side Sutherland couldn’t prevent his side form losing against Hawkesbury. Batting first Hawkesbury scored 171 all out from 41 overs with Leaning the pick of the bowlers taking 3 for 8 from five overs.
Sutherland, who include former Yorkshire overseas star Phil Jaques, struggled with the bat and were all out for 133 with Leaning scoring nine. Last year’s Premiership runners-up are currently placed 11th out of 20 teams in The Belvidere Cup – arguably the strongest grade league in Australia.