Australia 321 for 7 (Perry 91, Gardner 65, Mooney 49, Dempsey 4-54) beat Ireland 168 (Hunter 50, Wareham 3-33) by 153 runs
Ellyse Perry sprained her knee while leading Australia to a 153-run victory against Ireland in a one-day international match in Dublin.
Perry led Australia with the bat, scoring 91 runs off 99 balls in their 321-7 total before being sidelined with a left knee injury. The tourists eventually bowled out Ireland for 168.
After the game, Perry was able to walk about normally, but he will be closely monitored by doctors until Friday, when Australia plays Ireland in the tour’s last game.
It was one of the few blemishes on an otherwise impressive performance by the visitors, who were playing their first game since the draw of the Ashes.
When Australia were 58 for 3 in the 11th over after Georgina Dempsey took two wickets in two balls, Perry and Beth Mooney (49 off 62) put up 106 runs for the fourth wicket.
For the visitors, Ashleigh Gardner scored 65 runs off of 39 balls with seven fours and three sixes. The all-rounder hit three sixes over the leg side to help him score 20 runs off of Cara Murray’s one over.
After a chaotic Ashes series, Australia finally found some order with the ball. Ireland was bowled out for just 33 runs in 38.2 overs thanks to the efforts of spinner Georgia Wareham (3 for 33) and fast bowlers Tahlia McGrath and Jess Jonassen (2 for apiece).
Australia grabbed 7-41 after Ireland were 127 for 2 thanks to early hitting from Gaby Lewis (37) and Amy Hunter (50).
“It was nice to get out there and just put a good performance out there,” said captain Alyssa Healy. That’s been our main request over the past six weeks. Also, we haven’t been consistent about it. It was encouraging to watch everyone give it their all and succeed so impressively today.
Kim Garth, an Irish star, also performed admirably with the new ball, claiming 1 for 9 in six overs.
“She did fantastic,” Healy gushed about Garth. I think she had a chance to bowl a perfect game there. It’s wonderful to have her here again; her smile says it all. It’s something quite amazing to witness how much she loves playing cricket.