ELLYSE Perry registered the highest Test score by an Australian to leave England battling to save the one-off day-night Test and keep their Women’s Ashes hopes alive.All-rounder Perry had never previously reached three figures in any form of international cricket but a masterful innings of 213 not out propelled Australia to 448 for nine declared at the North Sydney Oval.The tourists need to avoid defeat to keep the multi-format series alive and openers Lauren Winfield and Tammy Beaumont at least survived a testing spell under lights to usher their side to 40 without loss at the close – still 128 runs in arrears.If England do succumb to defeat on the final day, it will be in large part due to Perry, who took three for 59 before engineering Australia’s recovery from 168 for five over the course of the previous two days.There were century stands, too, with Alyssa Healy, who contributed 45, and Tahlia McGrath, dropped on nought before going on to make 47, but England found Perry immovable in a 374-ball stay that included 26 fours and one six.Hers was the key wicket when she resumed on 70 and, despite England’s persistence, there were precious few chances of note, with Perry bringing up her maiden hundred for Australia by tickling Laura Marsh’s legside delivery fine for her 17th four.With the Southern Stars closing in on England’s first-innings 280 all out, Marsh finally made the first breakthrough of the day as Healy clubbed to Anya Shrubsole at mid-on.Test debutant McGrath was shelled at extra cover in the next over by England captain Heather Knight, and it proved a costly drop with the batters establishing a healthy lead for Australia.Perry breezed past her 150 and looked utterly unflustered as England started to tire in the field although McGrath was denied a fifty on debut after miscuing a Georgia Elwiss full toss straight to Nat Sciver at mid-on.here was a cameo 24 from Jess Jonassen but when she and then Amanda Wellington departed in quick succession, there were fears Perry would be left stranded as she closed in on a double ton.On 194, she celebrated reaching the landmark after lofting Marsh to deep midwicket only for replays to show the ball had landed a couple of feet inside the boundary rope.She showed her resolve, however, by quickly refocusing and a lovely drive down the ground off Sophie Ecclestone in the next over saw her to a double hundred, this time to more muted celebrations.Perry then hammered a four then a six off Ecclestone to overhaul Karen Rolton’s previous Australian Test-best 209 not out and go third on the all-time list, behind Pakistan’s Kiran Baluch and India’s Mithali Raj.Australia promptly declared with a 168-run first-innings lead in an effort to make inroads into England’s batting.There were a couple of nervy moments for England but Winfield and Beaumont made it to the close.
Published on January 16, 2017 at 9:01 pm CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Every time Syracuse teased that it could pull off an upset of North Carolina, the ninth-ranked team in the country found a window of opportunity. Most often in UNC’s (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) 85-68 win over Syracuse (11-8, 3-3), that window was in the Carolina blue-colored rectangle under the Tar Heels’ basket. The Orange defense withered down low once again, and SU soiled its chance for a marquee win. Here’s the best and worst of what happened Monday night in the Dean Smith Center.Big MomentWith Syracuse’s hopes of an upset collapsing quickly, John Gillon fed an alley-oop to Andrew White. The 6-foot-7 senior leapt high and quick, but couldn’t handle the quick pass. The ball spit out of his hands and into North Carolina’s. Justin Jackson took possession on the offensive end and was fouled with 3:36 to go, officially putting to bed any comeback aspirations for SU, which faced a 78-64 deficit at the time.Studs: Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah HicksNo two players were more responsible for UNC’s win than its big men. Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks tortured Syracuse in the paint, combining to shoot 15-of-23 and tally 35 points. SU’s frontcourt, largely Tyler Lydon, Tyler Roberson and White, was no match for the 6-foot-10 Meeks and the 6-foot-9 Hicks. As the Orange consistently crept closer to the Tar Heels’ lead, Hicks stalled Syracuse’s brief runs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarly in the first half, Theo Pinson found Meeks sandwiched between Roberson and Lydon. The UNC senior elevated between the two defenders and flushed down Pinson’s feed to make it a 20-14 lead for the hosts. Both Meeks and Hicks also lent a significant hand on the boards, helping North Carolina crush Syraucse, 44-24, in the rebounding column.Dud: Syracuse’s frontcourtBy at least one metric, North Carolina entered Monday night as the best offensive rebounding team in the country. Kenpom.com calculated UNC’s offensive rebounding rate at 42.3 entering the game, the highest of any team. The Tar Heels certainly looked the part against Syracuse, outrebounding SU 18-6 on the offensive glass. Combine that with a 46-20 advantage on points in the paint, and the game shaped up to be a nightmare for the Orange’s frontcourt.Roberson was Syracuse’s best — and at times, only — threat to level with North Carolina’s rebounding game. He led SU with eight rebounds. Otherwise, the Orange’s presence in the paint was thin. Meeks and Hicks were paramount in UNC’s assault on Syracuse, who scored six of North Carolina’s first nine points of the game in the paint to set an immediate precedent. UNC finished the first half shooting 60 percent in the paint.Highlight: Tyus Battle’s four minutes of heroicsUndoubtedly, the best stretch for Syracuse was at the start of the second half. The Orange went on a 12-0 run to cut a 15-point deficit to three in about three and a half minutes. Leading the way was Tyus Battle, who paired a couple steals with two buckets to stymie the Tar Heels while SU went on its run.Lowlight: Andrew White’s third turnoverWith SU valiantly trying to catch up in the second half, White’s third turnover significantly halted his team’s run. After Syracuse went on a 12-0 run at the start of the second half to cut the deficit to three with 16:27 remaining, Meeks picked the ball from White almost six minutes later. That began a possession that led to a pair of UNC free throws, putting UNC ahead by 12, and the game away for good. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+