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Last Updated: Friday, 25 January 2008, 08:54 GMT
England's women lose tour opener
Women's tour match, Melbourne: Victoria 143-1 (35.4 overs) beat England 137 (48.3 overs) by nine wickets

Jenny Gunn
All-rounder Jenny Gunn top scored for England with 29
England's women suffered a setback ahead of their one-day series in Australia when they lost by nine wickets to the Victoria state side.

The tourists were bowled out for 137 in Melbourne, with only Jenny Gunn (29) and Nicki Shaw (26 off 23 balls) making much of an impression with the bat.

It left Victoria an easy task and they knocked off the runs in the 35th over.

"We're disappointed with our performance. It was a long way from our best," said England coach Mark Dobson.

The game at Caulfield Grammar School was England's first of a tour which features a Twenty20 international at the MCG, five one-day internationals and a Test match to decide the women's Ashes.

And Dobson insisted: "I'm confident that with a week's training and two more warm-up games, we'll be back close to our best and ready to compete."

England, who used 13 players during the match, never recovered from the early loss of opener Beth Morgan, Claire Taylor and skipper Charlotte Edwards, who all fell cheaply.

Sarah Taylor made 21 off 33 balls but Lydia Greenway (20) was the only other batter, apart from Gunn and Shaw, to reach double figures.

And although Gunn trapped Elyse Villani lbw for 15 at the start of Victoria's reply, Rachel Haynes (63 not out) and Sarah Edwards (50 not out) saw them to their target as England opted to give nine different bowlers a chance to turn their arms over.

  • The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced a 45% increase in club and schools cricket participation among women and girls during 2006-07.

    Welcoming the survey results, ECB head of women's cricket Clare Connor said: "It provides a great foundation on which to build future England teams."



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