In a thrilling first day of the Women’s Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, Ellyse Perry fell just one run short of a century as England and Australia battled it out on the field. Despite her disappointment, Perry remained positive about the day’s play, which saw both teams evenly matched at 328 for 7 at close.
Perry’s dismissal, caught in the gully off debutant Lauren Filer, was the key moment of the match so far. However, Ashleigh Gardner and Annabel Sutherland demonstrated Australia’s formidable batting depth in a seventh-wicket stand of 77, before England’s Lauren Bell took out Gardner for 40 with her first delivery of the new ball.
For much of her innings, it was business as usual for Perry, who has a history of success in Ashes Tests. However, Filer proved to be a challenge, bowling at speeds in excess of 75mph and causing Perry more bother than any other England player.
Despite falling short of her century, Perry remained positive about the day’s play. She praised Filer’s impressive debut performance and enjoyed being part of several good partnerships throughout the day. Perry also noted the great atmosphere at Trent Bridge, which saw a healthy crowd of 5,545 turn out for the Women’s Test.
England’s Sophie Ecclestone also had a standout performance, bowling 28 consecutive overs and claiming the day’s best figures of 3 for 71 in 31 overs. Perry praised Ecclestone as the pre-eminent spinner in the world, and noted that it was unique to have just one frontline spinner in the bowling attack.