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Meg Lanning hits ton as Australia's women beat England

Second women's one-day international, Perth:
Australia women 215-1 (41.3 ovs) bt England women 214-8 (50 ovs) by nine wickets
Match scorecard

Leah Poulton and Meg Lanning
Leah Poulton congratulates Lanning on reaching her hundred

Teenager Meg Lanning hit her maiden century as Australia's women did what their male counterparts could not and beat England by nine wickets.

Just hours after England's men wrapped up a 3-1 Ashes victory, she hit 104 not out in Perth to give her side a winning 2-0 lead in their one-day series.

The 18-year-old shared a stand of 173 with Shelley Nitschke (70) as they reached 215-1 with 8.3 overs to spare.

Skipper Charlotte Edwards earlier made 90 for England in their total of 214-8.

The tourists were once again without Claire Taylor, who was still struggling with a shoulder injury and will also miss the final 50-over contest on Sunday.

She was badly missed in the middle order as Edwards and opener Heather Knight made the only scores of note in England's innings.

After the departures of Danielle Wyatt and Lydia Greenway, the pair put on 107 for the third wicket with Knight passing 50 for the first time before she was caught off Renee Farrell for 72.

"I'm pleased to get some runs under my belt and make a good score, but it's difficult to take as we lost the game," said Knight.

"We're obviously bitterly disappointed, but we have a lot more cricket to play with another big series ahead and the Ashes Test. We'll rally round as a team and stick together to come back fighting and look to take some momentum into the games ahead."

After her dismissal, England lost wickets at regular intervals and although Edwards continued to lead by example, she fell short of a deserved hundred when she became the second of four run-out victims in the innings after hitting 11 fours in an 110-ball knock.

Heather Knight batting in Perth
England opener Heather Knight clips the ball through the leg side

Laura Marsh and Holly Colvin were run out off successive balls in the final over as the innings petered out in disappointing fashion and Australia soon set about their run-chase in positive fashion as Singapore-born Lanning, making only her second appearance for the Southern Stars, and Nitschke gave them a flying start.

Edwards tried six different bowlers in the hope of a breakthrough but by the time Nitschke was caught by Jenny Gunn off Marsh in the 33rd over, they had achieved the third-highest partnership for Australia against England.

Belinda Clark and Joanne Broadbent hold the record with a 179-run opening stand 10 years ago, with Denise Emerson and Jill Kennare sharing 176 for the second wicket in 1985.

Despite Nitschke's exit, it continued to be plain sailing for Australia and Lanning reached three figures as she and Leah Poulton (29 not out) finished things off.

"Meg and Shelley were unbelievable. Shell has obviously been around the Southern Stars squad for quite a few years now and is one of our key players. Meg batted with experience beyond her years tonight and she's showing that she could be a very good opener for Australia for a long time," Australia skipper Alex Blackwell commented.

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see also
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England women in Australia 2011
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