The Australian Women’s Cricket Team have beaten the West Indies by a huge 178 runs in the first game of their ODI series against Windies with the second match being played today.
Australia scored 308 for four – a historic high for Australia against the West Indies’ as hosts. Most of the damage was inflicted by Australia’s captain Meg Lanning, who scored 121, and opener Alyssa Healy who scored a fast 122. The partnership scored 225, and Lanning’s century saw her become the fastest Australian player (womens or mens) to score 13 centuries at ODI level.
Opening bowler Megan Schutt told Perth Today, “It was also really hot out there and starting at 2pm in peak heat, I don’t think the batters loved it, but to pull through and force two centuries was incredible to be honest.”
Australia’s historic win sees the side earn two more points in the ICC Women’s Championship, taking them to the top position in the competition rankings, which they now share with England.
Australia take on the West Indies in the second ODI today at the Sir Viv Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua. This is often a winning ground for the Aussies, having won the final match of the World T20 tournament their last year.