Published: 10th January, 2014
Surrey all-rounder Natalie Sciver enjoyed a good first day in the only Test Match of the ongoing Women’s Ashes series in Australia.
After making her International breakthrough last year, Sciver is playing her first Test Match on foreign soil as England seek to keep hold of the Women’s Ashes they won at home last summer.
She made an immediate impression, scoring a crucial 49 that bailed England out of a poor position after captain Charlotte Edwards had won the toss and batted at the WACA in Perth.
Batting at number six, Sciver came in at 96/4 and formed the biggest partnership of the innings with Arran Brindle (68), the pair adding 58 for the fifth wicket.
Sciver was eventually caught behind by Jodie Fields off Sarah Coyte for 49 and England succumbed for 201.
However, some excellent early overs from seamer Anya Shrubsole ensured the tourists stayed right in it – Meg Lanning (5) and Elyse Villani (4) both falling before the end of play to leave Australia on 9/2 at close.
Having seen success with bat on day one, Sciver will be keen to make her mark with the ball on day two in Perth.
To hear Natalie speaking after the day’s play – click below: