Meg Lanning ton sets up Southern Stars for series win
Victoria's own Meg Lanning has once again proved maturity beyond her years when she powered through the second ODI against arch rivals England with an unbeaten knock of 104.
Victoria's own Meg Lanning has once again proved maturity beyond her years when she powered through the second ODI against arch rivals England with an unbeaten knock of 104. Lanning is in her debut season for the Australian Women's Cricket Team the Southern Stars, but that has not phased the 18-year old from dominating with the bat. The naturally gifted DEC Spirit opening batter was given the reigns to open for her country in the ODI series against England. Opening the series with a confident 20 in her first ODI in Perth, Lanning was well supported by fellow Victorians Jess Cameron (19) and Rachael Haynes (18) to ease Australia to a convincing 33 run win. The three match series was taken out by the Aussies in the second match. Lanning and ICC Women's Cricketer of the Year, South Australia's Shelly Nitschke, put on a remarkable 151 run partnership before Nitschke (70) fell victim to a Laura Marsh delivery caught by Jenny Gunn. "Meg and Shelly were unbelievable,"said Southern Stars Captain Alex Blackwell. Lanning however, went on to score her first ODI century in her debut season and second match for the Southern Stars. Entertaining to watch, the batting powerhouse belted eight boundaries and smashed one over the rope for six. Winning the match by nine wickets, the Aussie girls took out the series in style with Lanning awarded Player of the Match for her efforts with the bat. Solid performances from Cameron (32 off 44 balls) and a handy knock of 17 from DEC Spirit Captain Haynes were unfortunately not enough to get the Aussies over the line for a white wash ODI series win in the final match in Perth. Despite a convincing seven wicket English win in the final ODI on Sunday, the Poms will now have to look to the Twenty20 matches scheduled to reinforce their dominance. The Southern Stars will take on England in the opening International T20 match of the season at the Adelaide Oval tomorrow. It is scheduled to be a double header with the women playing before the men's match. In an exciting development for Australian women's cricket, the match will be broadcast live on the Nine Network and on ABC Radio. Cricket Victoria wishes all of our DEC Spirit players selected in the Australian squad the very best of luck for their upcoming T20 matches!