Australia’s women cricketers built on their recent Ashes success by inflicting a 178-run win over West Indies in the opening match of their ODI series in Antigua.
Matthew Mott’s team powered their way to 308-4 – both the highest ODI total by Australia against the hosts and by any visiting country in the region – thanks to centuries from opener Alyssa Healy (122) and captain Meg Lanning (121). Ellyse Perry chipped in with an unbeaten 33 at the end of Australia’s innings, before the Windies were skittled for 130.
Healy was pleased to be able to score her second ODI ton, but said she still needs to work on her decision making ahead of the second match of the series on Sunday.
“It was actually a really tricky wicket to bat on so for Meg and I it was just about making sure we helped one another out in our partnership and not throw away any start that we got, and thankfully both of us got over the line,” Healy said.
“It’s obviously a really nice moment. I don’t get there very often in these colours so it was nice to do that today. It was probably one of the more scratchy innings I’ve played, I never really felt in at any stage and probably hit a few in the air that I didn’t want to so hopefully come next game I’ll be able to rectify it.”
Healy and Lanning came together after opener Rachael Haynes was removed first ball of the innings and the duo didn’t look back, combining for a record 225-run second-wicket partnership.
Lanning’s efforts saw her become the third-highest run-scorer (3,497) in women’s ODIs for Australia and the fastest, male or female, to score 13 ODI centuries.
Australia carried the momentum into the field with Megan Schutt (1-9) and Perry (3-17) claiming wickets in their first over to have the hosts 4-2.
Perry soon had her second wicket, which saw her move into second spot on the list of Australia wicket-takers in women’s ODIs, and equal third world-wide.
Windies captain Stafanie Taylor held firm, posting a defiant half-century despite the lack of support from her teammates, with Chinelle Henry the only other home batterr to reach double figures.
The win gives Australia another two valuable ICC Women’s Championship points and moves them joint top of the ladder with England, whom they dominated last month, with five games in hand.
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