Published: 23rd January, 2014
Surrey all rounder Natalie Sciver had another excellent game for England Women – taking 2/23 and scoring a quick fire 57 – despite her side falling to a 26 run defeat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Needing to avoid defeat to successfully regain the Ashes, Australia won the toss and batted first – with debutant Nicole Bolton making an immediate impact with a brilliant 124 from the top of the order before being bowled by Sciver at the end of the 42nd over.
The all-rounder then returned in her next over to remove wicket keeper Alyssa Healy for 4, as Australia ended on 266/7.
England got off to the worst possible start by losing captain Charlotte Edwards from the first ball of the chase but bounced back with Sarah Taylor (64) and Heather Knight (55) putting on a strong partnership to get the innings back on track.
However, when they both fell it was down to Sciver to propel the rest of the chase. Although she was unable to find a regular partner, she batted superbly to blast 57 from just 42 balls, keeping England with the rate until she was caught by Holly Ferling off Erin Osborne with 3.4 overs remaining and 26 runs required.
After winning the only Test Match last week, England now lead the series eight points to two and have their next opportunity to secure the urn this Sunday when they play Australia in Hobart.