Women's Ashes 2014: England miss chance to secure series as debutant Nicole Bolton gives Australia 26-run victory

England lead the series 8-2 and could retain the Ashes in the third ODI in Hobart on Sunday

A century from Australia debutant Nicole Bolton thwarted England Women's first attempt to retain the Ashes as they fell to a 26-run defeat in the second one-day international in Melbourne.

The tourists came into Friday's contest with an 8-0 lead on points, having won the only Test and first ODI in the points-based multi-format series.

However, Bolton's heroics helped Australia to a decent total of 266 for seven and England fell just short of their target despite half-centuries for Heather Knight, Sarah Taylor and Natalie Sciver.

The hosts opted to bat first and opener Bolton was lucky to escape dismissal in just the second over when Jenny Gunn dropped a thick edge at gully.

That lapse came back to haunt England as the Australian made the most of the reprieve with a succession of fine shots on her way to a score of 124.

Despite the loss of fellow opener Meg Lanning for just five, Bolton's second-wicket stand of 95 with Jess Cameron (44) and a further partnership of 75 with Alex Blackwell (56) set Australia on their way to a good total.

It was Sciver who eventually accounted for Bolton, with the 25-year-old facing 152 balls and smashing 12 boundaries.

England's reply got off to the worst possible start when captain Charlotte Edwards was bowled by Holly Ferling on the first ball she faced.

Lydia Greenway's cheap dismissal then left the tourists rocking on 13 for two before 55 from Knight got England back on an even keel.

Taylor then added 63 to the total but the wickets continued to fall at regular intervals and it was left to Sciver to try to rescue something with both batters and deliveries running out.

The 21-year-old made a valiant attempt to get the visitors over the line but was the last woman out for 57 as England came up short on 240.

England, who still head the series 8-2, will have another chance to retain the Ashes in the third ODI in Hobart on Sunday.

England wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor felt Australia deserve all the credit for their impressive batting display.

She told BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra: "The Aussie girls batted beautifully, we lost wickets at crucial times and the game got away from us.

"It was nice to get some runs, it was just a shame I couldn't continue.

"Our fielding wasn't up to scratch, we dropped a few catches, but we're going to have to look at today as a bad day in the field."

 

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Sport
Ojo Onaolapo celebrates winning the bronze medal
commonwealth games
Arts and Entertainment
Rock band Led Zeppelin in the early 1970s
musicLed Zeppelin to release alternative Stairway To Heaven after 43 years
Arts and Entertainment
Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' is returning to the Tate more than 15 years after it first caused shockwaves at the gallery
artTracey Emin's bed returns to the Tate after record sale
Environment
Neil Young performing at Hyde Park, London, earlier this month
environment
News
i100
News
Prince Harry is clearing enjoying the Commonwealth Games judging by this photo
people(a real one this time)
Sport
Lionel Messi looks on at the end of the final
football
Extras
indybest
News
Richard Norris in GQ
mediaGQ features photo shoot with man who underwent full face transplant
News
Gardai wait for the naked man, who had gone for a skinny dip in Belfast Lough
newsTwo skinny dippers threatened with inclusion on sex offenders’ register as naturists criminalised
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on