Knight and Marsh stand firm to frustrate Aussie attack in Ashes
England Women duo Heather Knight and Laura Marsh combined to frustrate Australia on day three of the Ashes Test at Wormsley, which now appears destined to end in a draw.
Knight, from Plymouth, smashed an impressive 157 and Marsh hit a belligerent 55 from 304 deliveries as the hosts made 314 all out.
That was just 17 runs shy of Australia’s declared first-innings total of 331 for six – which looked a long way off when England were wobbling on 113 for six on Monday.
At the start of their second innings, Australia reached 64 for one at stumps for an overall lead of 81 runs heading into today’s final day, when only a glut of early wickets or a generous declaration is likely to force a result.
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Knight and Marsh combined for a record seventh-wicket partnership of 156 after coming together with England 218 runs in arrears, the pair surpassing England’s previous best of 110.
Their partnership was broken shortly after Knight passed 150 with a four through extra-cover, the opener run out after setting off for an ambitious single and being sent back by Marsh.
Somerset’s James Hildreth took out his frustration on Cornwall, by scoring an extraordinary 244 from 104 balls for the 2nd XI.
The 28-year-old batsman, a mainstay of the Somerset side in recent years, has been omitted for their past three games – the Friends Life t20 quarter-final defeat to Surrey, plus YB40 games against Gloucestershire and Glamorgan. But he responded with an incredible innings in Somerset’s 50-over friendly win over a Cornwall XI at Taunton Vale.
Hildreth hit 27 fours and 12 sixes as he and Tom Abell (111) put on 265 for the second wicket in Somerset’s 474-3. In response, Cornwall were dismissed for 128, giving Somerset’s seconds a 346-run victory. James Regan took 4-31, while Taunton Deane CC left-arm spinner Neil Brand took 4-23.