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Last Updated: Friday, 12 August 2005, 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK
Brindle's ton saves England women
First women's Test, Hove, : Australia 355 & 172-5 drew with England 273 & 172-7
Arran Brindle
Brindle helped England out of hole at 14-3

Arran Brindle compiled her first Test century to salvage a draw for England in the first women's Test against Australia at Hove.

She batted for over four hours to make 101 not out as the home side finished the four-day game on 172-7.

After bowling out Australia for 223, England were in dire straits on 14-3 after Laure Newton and Claire Taylor departed for ducks.

But Brindle struck 16 fours to guide the team to safety.

"She showed a lot of patience and a lot of guts," coach Richard Bates told ecb.co.uk.

"She paced the innings really well and it was a great relief to see her in the last over play out five dot balls and then hit the last ball over the bowler's head for four to reach her hundred. It was a great way to finish."

Australia began the final day on 172-5, but only lasted another 16.5 overs as the home side made short work of their tail.

Skipper Clare Connor's mix of orthodox slow left-arm and chinamen proved England's most potent weapon and she picked up the wickets of Kate Blackwell, Cathryn Fitzpatrick and Shelley Nitschke to finish with 4-68.

Set an unlikely victory target of 306, England were immediately on the return foot as Newton was lbw to Karen Rolton.

Taylor followed when she was caught by Blackwell's twin, Alex, and worse was to come as Charlotte Edwards gave a return catch to Julie Hayes after making 13.

Connor and Brindle steadied things with a stand of 51 before Connor fell to Lisa Sthalekar for 21.

Jenny Gunn provided dogged support to Brindle as she made 15 off 66 balls and Beth Morgan hung around for 74 minutes for eight.

They were winkled out by Sthalekar, who took 3-44 from 30 overs, and pace bowler Fitzpatrick bowled Rosalie Birch for two.

But by then Australia's hopes had been extinguished and the two sides shook hands after Brindle had reached three figures.

England's 15-year-old debutant Holly Colvin also earned praise from Bates following the game.

She took three wickets in the tourists' first innings and Bates said: "Had we got a good lead and put the Aussies under pressure in their second innings then Holly would have come into the game more.

"As it turned out it was us that were doing all the batting on the last day and not them.

"She came in to do a specific job and add another dimension to the spin bowling department and she did well."


England Women: Charlotte Edwards, Laura Newton, Claire Taylor, Arran Brindle, Clare Connor (Capt), Rosalie Birch, Beth Morgan, Jenny Gunn, Jane Smit (Wkt), Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin.

Australia Women: Belinda Clark (Capt), Lisa Keightley, Karen Rolton, Lisa Sthalekar, Alex Blackwell, Kate Blackwell, Cathryn Fitzpatrick, Julia Price (Wkt), Julia Hayes, Shelley Nitschke, Clea Smith.


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