An Ellyse Perry century and Tayla Vlaeminck & spicy display with the ball have Australia well balanced in their ladies Ashes red-ball tour game against the England Academy in Marlborough.
Perry was undefeated at 101 with stumps on day two against a virtual English A-side at Marlborough College, after helping Australia to 6-205 in their second inning, giving them a 400-point lead over the hosts the last day from the tour started.
Her knock-on yet another reminder of her all-round talents, following her Australian women's ODI record 7-22 in the third ODI against England last Sunday – came after right-arm speedster Vlaeminck bagged 4-31 as England Academy were finished 165 shortly after lunch on Friday, with the 20-year-old firmly placed in the frame for a trial debut in Taunton next Thursday.
The four-day competition in Taunton is the only test of the seven-competition, multi-format ladies' axis, a series concluded using a point system. Australia holds a 6-0 lead after sweeping the ODI leg earlier this month and only needs to take the test to make sure they keep the trophy.
SCORE CARD: England against Australia A
While the top order of England struck the day in their own training match against Australia A in Somerset – a mammoth scored 343 in a day where the tourists couldn't make any breakthrough – Australia lost the early wickets in their second excavation in Marlborough.
With a handy first-innings lead of 195, the likely opening test Alyssa Healy and Nicole Bolton of Australia got a new chance to enter their new redball partnership, but they only managed 11 for the first wicket before Healy got caught in the bowling medium pacer Beth Langston for six.
Bolton (6) followed soon after, off center when Langston picked up a second.
Australia-skipper Meg Lanning then for the second time in a cheap way in the game, behind Kirstie Gordon, left-arm-spinner, out for 16 after being fired for 14 in the first innings.
With a second chance in the middle after scoring eight on day one, Ashleigh Gardner scored only 17 before falling to Gordon – and English voters could have a good look at the Scotland-born tweaker, who finished the day with four second innings . wickets, after Healy and Bolton were also eliminated in the first innings.
From 4-66, Australia then stabilized as the experienced Jess Jonassen joined Perry in the middle.
Perry – who scored 30 in the first innings of Australia – spent half a century from 86 deliveries and looked at the total ease in the middle, an ominous display of a player who scored a double century last time wearing the whites.
Jonassen found the border four times and scraped it once in her 44, for their 120-run The grandstand was broken when Gordon grabbed her third, Jonassen caught by Mady Villiers, who quickly followed runs late in the day, before Perry reached triple digits of 145 balls shortly before stumps, helping Australia to close 6-205.
With a 400-point lead in hand and all their batters handed opportunities in the middle, Australia can declare overnight and give their bowlers a full 100 overs to fire the English Academy on Saturday.
In the past, Australia hunted early wickets, while the English Academy followed 3-49 in response to tourists' 5-360 (dec) and it wasn't long before Ellyse Perry struck in the fourth day for Danni Wyatt, the English limited- overs star trailing at 12.
Made up for the first time of the day within the first hour, Vlaeminck took only three balls to add to her overnight stays of two wickets, locking up Sophia Dunkley (5) lbw, and quickly added a fourth, all-rounder Alice Davidson-Richards tilt backwards without scoring.
Left arm spinner Sophie Molineux, who was out to push her selection after scoring a fire on day one, took a smart catch in only second place and removed Emma Lamb (10).
With the England Academy in deep trouble at 7-74, a battle half century from Mady Villiers (50no) stopped the attack of the Australians but it wasn't long to finish their innings after the lunch break with a double blow of the leg-spinner Georgia Wareham ends the innings of the Academy at 165.
Vlaeminck (4-31) led the wicket takers – and considerably strengthened her chances for a trial debut – while Wareham & # 39; s 2-31 was a reward after the leg spinner consistently defeated the club. Perry (2-32) was the other multiple wicket participant.
Molineux and Ashleigh Gardner – possibly played for the same spin-bowling all-rounder position in the XI – finished with one wicket each.
Australia will seal a warm-up victory on the third and last day of Saturday.
In the meantime, the hitters in Tauntonvale showed no signs of problems against the red ball in a dominant first day against Australia A.
Be the first to strike at Millfield School, openers Tammy Beaumont (100) and Amy Jones (115) both beat centuries before retirement, while Heather Knight (65no) and Georgia Elwiss (44no) also spent precious time in the middle before the hosts stated on 343.
Kate Cross then picked up two Australian A-wickets for stumps, removing both Tahlia McGrath and Heather Graham without scoring, the 2-45 tourists at the end of the game.
CommBank Ashes Tour of England
Australia led England 6-0
Australia team: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
England ODI squadron: Heather Knight (c), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Kate Cross, Sophie Ecclestone, Jenny Gunn, Amy Jones, Laura Marsh, Wet Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor, Fran Wilson, Lauren Winfield, Danni Wyatt
July 2nd: Australia won by two wickets
July 4: Australia won by four wickets
July 7: Australia won with 194 points
July 18-21: Only Test, The County Ground, Taunton
July 26: First T20, County Ground, Chelmsford
July 28: Second T20, The County Ground, Hove
A test victory is worth four points (two for a draw), two points are awarded for ODI and T20 wins