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Cricket news - Healy, Lanning tons down West Indies in opener

Meg Lanning became the fastest player - male of female - to reach 13 ODI tons.

Centuries from Alyssa Healy and Meg Lanning powered Australia to 308 for 4 - their highest ODI total against West Indies - and set the base for 178-run thumping at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, on Thursday (September 5).

Put into bat, the visitors lost Rachel Haynes off the first ball to Shamilia Connell. However, Lanning and Healy's 225-run alliance for the second wicket - the second-highest partnership for any wicket for Australia - straightened matters and put them in command quickly.

Healy was the aggressor of the two, bringing up her century off only 95 balls, with a six off Stafanie Taylor, and the accelerating to 122 in the next 10 deliveries, before eventually falling to Afy Fletcher in the 39th over. Her second ODI ton included 12 boundaries and 2 sixes.

Lanning, on the other hand, played a secondary role in the partnership. But soon after Healy's fall, she brought up her 13th ton, becoming the fastest player to do so - in men's or women's cricket - by achieving the feat in only her 76th innings. The Australian skipper's innings was laced with 12 boundaries and 4 sixes.

Ellyse Perry 31-ball 33* in the death overs allowed Australia to go past the 300-run mark and register their fifth highest total in the 50-over format.

West Indies could never really challenge the target as Perry blew away their top order with the ball. Within the first two overs, they had lost three batters - Natasha McLean, Stacy Ann-King and Kyshona Knight, all dismissed for ducks.

More wickets were to follow with Georgia Wareham picking a brace and four others snaring a wicket apiece. Taylor waged a lone battle, but even her unbeaten 115-ball 70 was never going to prove threatening as none of the West Indies batters managed to stitch a partnership of note with her.

Barring Chinelle Henry, who scored a 34-ball 14, none of the other batters managed a score of more than 4. West Indies were eventually bundled out for 130 in the 38th over, as Australia picked up two points from the ODI Championship game and closed in on England's lead at the top of the points table.

Brief Scores: Australia 308/4 in 50 overs (Alyssa Healy 122, Meg Lanning 121; Shamilia Connell 2-53) beat West Indies 130 in 37.3 overs (Stafanie Taylor 70*; Ellyse Perry 3-17, Georgia Wareham 2-44) by 178 runs

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