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Adams daughter follows father

THE daughter of Chris Adams is due to make her debut for an ECB Development XI in the ICC Europe Women’s World Cup qualifying championships in Scotland on Aug 9-11.

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The tall Georgia Adams, 16, from Brighton College, and 15 year-old Alice MacLeod, at Wellington College, are in the squad to play against Holland at Stirling County CC on Monday. Like her father, the former Sussex and England batsman, Georgia is a powerful batsman and useful bowler.

These two girls have benefited from the growing trend of female cricketers maturing in boys' school teams, and the Berkshire co-ed Wellington, formerly a traditional boys only establishment, has a former England woman international as deputy head, Lucy Pearson.

Georgia was awarded the Clare Connor Scholarship at Brighton and has represented the school's boys second team this year after recovering from an ankle injury during the England Juniors tour of South Africa last Easter.

The ECB side is captained by Joanne Cook, a Bedfordshire University student from Romford. Senior squads from Ireland, Scotland and Holland will be participating at Stirling County CC, with two of these three teams progressing to the final qualifying event in Bangladesh next year. The ECB XI, competing for the high-level experience, was selected from the England Academy and the ECB Under-17 girls' development squad under the guidance of Paul Shaw, ECB high performance manager, and Mark Lane, England Women’s head coach.

Commenting on the selected squad, Shaw said: ‘This is a great opportunity for these young, high potential players from across the country to gain valuable experience of performing at international level. This competition provides the players with the opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired and developed within training sessions with their counties."

ECB Development Squad

Joanne Cook, (capt), Essex

Izzy Westbury (vice capt), Somerset

Georgia Adams, Sussex

Amara Carr (wk), Devon

Deanna Cooper, Kent

Catherine Dalton, Essex

Kathryn Doherty, Yorkshire

Alex Hartley, Lancashire

Beth Langston, Essex

Beth MacGregor, Essex

Alice MacLeod, Berkshire

Lucy Maxwell, Warwickshire

Hannah Phelps, Sussex

Fran Wilson, Somerset

Schedule at Stirling County CC

Mon, Aug 9: Scotland v Ireland, Holland v ECB Development XI.

Tues, Aug 10: ECB Development XI v Ireland, Scotland v Holland.

Wed, Aug 11: Ireland v Holland, Scotland v ECB Development XI.

Posted by Charlie Randall
07/08/2010 21:23:17

Yes, vive la difference at the Oval

THE BRIT OVAL

Australia 163-5, England 165-2

England won by 8 wickets

ENGLAND women, the ICC Twenty20 tournament favourites, came through a tense semi-final against Australia in a good advertisement for the female craft. Women's cricket has a character all of its own.

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By all accounts the girls are not above making lewd double entendres during matches to embarrass male umpires. And then there is the clothing. During the 1993 World Cup in England the mother of an Ireland seam bowler noticed the red stains on so many white skirts and sewed on a square of towelling to save on washing. It was a good idea, though the hated skirts did disappear with the advent of coloured clothing, and it is surprising that skirts still remain in hockey.

Ebony Rainford-Brent, a London University chemistry graduate in the current England squad, says she used to cut the finger ends off her batting gloves to save her nails before she started playing regularly for Surrey. So practical.

These are gender quirks that add so much to life, but the women's game has to be taken seriously. Their cricket has advanced by huge strides since 1993, and it was regrettable that the Oval was much less than half full to watch England's best player Claire Taylor to dominate a splendid match.

Australia, suffering their own recession talent-wise, fought hard -- brilliantly in fact -- to extend the last days of Karen Rolton's captaincy. The margin might sound like a heavy defeat, but it wasn't. Taylor and Beth Morgan had to bat at their very best to take England to the Lord's final with three balls to spare.

Unfortunately from the competition point of view England, Australia and New Zealand have remained super-dominant, with India occasionally intervening. Other countries such as South Africa, West Indies and Ireland, are improving fast while still lagging well behind. The next ICC Twenty20 is scheduled for the Caribbean in 2010. The locals will love it.

After the early loss of Sarah Taylor and the captain Charlotte Edwards much depended on the unrelated Claire Taylor, and she delivered an undefeated 76 in 53 balls in those intimidating wide open spaces at the Oval. The boundary size contrasted sharply with Somerset's compact little ground at Taunton, the venue for all the group games. The rope was not brought in for the women, and Australia's 163 would normally have been enough - in fact far too much for any side except England.

Australia, put in to bat, lost their two openers in two balls after they had jolted England with a stand of 78 in only nine overs. Shelley Nitschke -- she of five consecutive consonants -- snicked a cut at left-armer Holly Colvin, and Leah Poulton was bowled through a drive by off-spinner Laura Marsh. The rest of the order followed through well enough, including the powerful Rolton, but to me this was a turning point of the match.

England's reply was no more than adequate until Taylor and Morgan unzipped some impressive all-round strokeplay, and they extended their stand right through 13 overs for 122 runs. Both used the dink sweep very effectively, a stroke clearly well rehearsed, though one sweetly timed effort off Kirsten Pike clonked against Morgan's helmet grille. Any club cricketer would fear this result, and Morgan proved that accidents could happen despite hours of practice. She continued after taking a minute to recover her composure.

One of Taylor's dinked boundaries was pursued by Lauren Ebsary with maddened ferocity, and a steward plucked his chair out of the way in nick of time as the Australian dived over the boundary rope. Intensity was always present, and the best two sides -- England and New Zealand -- would be contesting the final at Lord's on June 21.

Taylor made history of sorts in the spring by becoming the first woman to be named as a cricketer of the year in the Wisden Almanack. As a batsman she is a seriously good.

Posted by Charlie Randall
19/06/2009 16:26:26

Shaw helps England forget

ENGLAND, thanks to the unexpected success of Nicky Shaw, removed a blot on the landscape today by winning the women's World Cup for the first time since 1993, an extraordinarily long gap in a competition usually containing only four credible teams.

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England defeated New Zealand by four wickets in the final at North Sydney Oval, which was a relief in view of a lop-sided head-to-head record between the two countries -- dominated by New Zealand. So many past frustrations could now be forgotten.

On form leading up to the tournament England were the favourites after a dip in the fortunes of Australia, the reigning champions, though Australia did defeat the mother country twice, once in a warm-up and again in a virtually dead Super Six match. Australia's defeats by New Zealand and India cost them a place in the final.

Shaw, 27, an all-rounder based at Loughborough University, earned a storybook player of the match award as a late fill-in for the injured Jenny Gunn by taking four important wickets that restricted New Zealand to 166. Even that modest total would have been much lower without a tail-end fightback.

Shaw said she had not known whether she would be playing until the official announcement at the last possible moment, reflecting the dilemma facing coach Mark lane whether or not to risk Gunn. Shaw said: "I thought they would pick the same team as the one that played New Zealand last time. I carried on with the warm-up. Then I got the nod from 'Laney' and the tears rolled down my face.

"I was going through a mix of emotions. It was right before the toss - we had people running across the field trying to change the team sheet. At that point I was pretty much crying. I had gone through a lot of emotion thinking I wasn't going to play. The one thing I hadn't dealt with was how I'd feel if I did play."

Shaw dismissed Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite in consecutive balls and added the important wicket of the captain Haidee Tiffen. The New Zealanders slumped to 101 for seven, and Shaw then stifled a recovery by taking the wicket of Nicola Browne after an eighth-wicket stand of 62 with Lucy Doolan, top scorer with 48.

Shaw dismissed Suzie Bates and Amy Satterthwaite in consecutive balls and added the important wicket of the captain Haidee Tiffen. The New Zealanders slumped to 101 for seven, and Shaw then stifled a recovery by taking the wicket of Nicola Browne after an eighth-wicket stand of 62 with Lucy Doolan, top scorer with 48.

In reply England always had the measure of their run-chase, led by openers Caroline Atkins and Sarah Taylor. The only chance New Zealand had was to see off the world's top-rated batsman, Claire Taylor, arriving at the crease averaging 75.75 for the tournament. She began aggressively and when she was bowled for 21, second out, the score had reached 109, already enough to tilt the odds very much England's way.

The only real opposition for England in women's cricket over the decades had come from a tiny number of nations -- Australia, New Zealand and India. So it was amazing that England had not won this trophy since Lord's in 1993 when New Zealand were again their opponents. It was apparently the first time any England team, men or women, had won a global ICC-organised event.

Edwards said after England's triumph: "I am almost lost for words. This is what I have dreamed of since I was a little girl and for it to happen is fantastic. I've been to four World Cups, so to finally win one is just incredible. I'm delighted we have taken our form from last year into this competition."

She added that England were aiming to continue in the same vein for the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in June and then for the npower Women's Ashes and the NatWest Women's Series against Australia later in the summer.

This was England's third World Cup success after winning the inaugural tournament in 1973 and then in 1993, both at home. New Zealand’s only success came in 2000 at Lincoln University, near Christchurch, when they beat Australia in a dramatic final by four runs. England's victory was only their 19th against New Zealand in 50 games. They had lost 29 and tied one, in the World Cup at Auckland in 1982, the other head-to-head being abandoned to weather.

Claire Taylor finished the tournament with 324 runs, including a century against Sri Lanka and an unbeaten 69 against India. The surprise was the subdued form of Charlotte Edwards, ICC’s women’s player of the year in 2008. The Kent off-spinner Laura Marsh, 22, was regarded as the find of the tournament.

The two finalists qualified after finishing in the top two places of the Super Six stage. After winning their respective groups, both the sides lost one match each in the Super Six stage, England defeating New Zealand by 31 runs before losing to Australia by eight wickets on Thursday when their place in the final was assured.

England beat Sri Lanka by 100 runs, India by nine wickets, Pakistan by eight wickets and the West Indies by 146 runs. New Zealand defeated Australia by 13 runs -- on Duckworth Lewis Method, thoroughly deserved -- West Indies by 56 runs, South Africa by 199 runs, India by five wickets and Pakistan by 223 runs, when Suzie Bates clobbered 168.

Final at North Sydney Oval

New Zealand 166 (47.2 overs; Lucy Doolan 48, Haidee Tiffen 30, Nicky Shaw 4-34)

England 167-6 (46.1 overs; Sarah Taylor 39, Caroline Atkins 40, Doolan 3-23)

England won by four wickets

Third/fourth (Bankstown Oval)

Australia 142 (44.4 overs; Karen Rolton 52, Lisa Sthalekar 30)

India 144-7 (43.5 overs; Sulakshana Naik 28, Rumeli Dhar 24*; Lisa Sthalekar 3-27)

India won by three wickets

Fifth/sixth (Drummoyne Oval)

Pakistan 131 (46.3 overs; Bismah Maroof 33; Shanel Daley 4-29)

West Indies 135-7 (46.3 overs; Charlene Taitt 26*, Pamela Lavine 26)

West Indies won by three wickets

Posted by Charlie Randall
22/03/2009 09:48:23

Australia suffer early upset

THE first upset in the ICC Women's World Cup happened in the first Group A match when New Zealand beat holders Australia at North Sydney. The margin was on Duckworth-Lewis, but New Zealand were deserved winners.

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Put into bat, the New Zealanders were bowled out for 205 in 48 overs -- which should have been more after the score had risen to 171-3 in 40 overs with a batting PowerPlay in hand. Australia had struggled to 132-6 before the match was abandoned due to bad light and light showers.

The victory enhanced New Zealand’s chances of topping Group A with matches still to come against the West Indies and South Africa before the the Super Six stage and the March 22 final.

At Newcastle the West Indies defeated South Africa by two wickets with eight balls to spare in a hard-fought match, a result which should mean South African elimination, as they seem certain to finish bottom after matches against Australia and New Zealand, both likely defeats.

Stafanie Taylor, 17, was the star for the West Indies when she recorded impressive figures of 8.2-2-17-4 as South Africa were bowled out for 116 in 45.2 overs after losing the last seven wickets for 22 runs.

Australia and New Zealand game was naturally the feature match of the day, which started with ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat joining the players, match officials and spectators in observing a minute’s silence out of respect for those people killed or injured during last week's terrorist attack on Sri Lanka in Lahore.

New Zealand's captain Haidee Tiffen provided her team with the platform for a commanding score, but poor stroke-play and a tactical error led to the loss of the last seven wickets for only 36 runs off eight overs.

While the Australia team took PowerPlays between 11 and 15 overs in which New Zealand scored 29 runs and lost one wicket, New Zealand delayed batting PowerPlay until the 46th over and could use only three overs in which they scored 24 runs, including 14 off the 48th over bowled by Ellyse Perry for the loss of both the remaining wickets.

Tiffen finished as the leading scorer with a well played 57 off 113 balls with six fours. She received good support from Suzie Bates (29), Amy Satterthwaite (38) with whom she added 67 runs for the third wicket, and Sara McGlashan (29), with whom she put on 62 runs for the fourth wicket. McGlashan's brother Peter was making his New Zealand debut the same day against India in Christchurch.

Perry was the pick of Australia's bowlers with 3-40 despite dislocating the little finger of her right hand. Australia kept losing wickets at regular intervals in reply before rain and bad light stopped play with the home team requiring 74 runs off 112 balls with four wickets remaining. Kate Pulford caused maximum damage when she claimed 3-32 while new-ball opener Sophie Devine picked up 2-19.

At North Sydney Oval, Sydney

New Zealand 205 all out, 48 overs (Haidee Tiffen 57, Amy Satterthwaite 38, Sara McGlashan 29, Suzie Bates 29; Ellyse Perry 3-40, Lisa Sthalekar 2-35, Erin Osborne 2-37)

Australia 132-6, 33 overs (Shelley Nitschke 27, Jodie Fields 26 not out, Karen Rolton 21; Kate Pulford 3-32, Sophie Devine 2-19)

New Zealand won by 13 runs (D/L method)

At No 1 Sports Ground, Newcastle,

South Africa 116 all out, 45.2 overs (Alicia Smith 46; Stafanie Taylor 4-17)

West Indies 117-8, 48.4 overs (Shanel Daley 26)

West Indies won by two wickets

Posted by Charlie Randall
10/03/2009 00:31:10

England build-up falters

CHARLOTTE Edwards struck an elegant 93-ball 72 for England women in a losing cause against Australia in Australia during the build-up schedule of games before the World Cup on March 7-22.

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England lost by 25 runs after the holders Australia opener Alex Blackwell hit a flawless 91 not out off only 112 balls in a 50-overs total of 214 for eight at The Village Green club in Sydney. England in reply were cruising nicely at 152 for four before Erin Osbourne (2-31) and Shelley Nitschke (2-31) started a collapse, with the last six wickets falling for 37 runs in a total of 189 all out. Edwards, the captain, was the key to the good start and Claire Taylor also showed signs of good form in a 47-ball 35. Lydia Greenway contributed 23.

At Old Kings a New South Wales team defeated the West Indies by two wicketswith one over left. West Indies recovered from a precarious 75 for eight to 145 all out after tail-ender Afy Fletcher top scored with 36 not out from 80 balls, adding 42 with Anisa Mohammed for the last wicket.

On arriving in Australia Edwards said she believed England were peaking at the right time and that the key players were firing consistently.

England, champions in 1973 and 1993 on home turf, are pooled in Group B with India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who they meet first on March 7 in Canberra.

Group A is made up of defending champions Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and South Africa. The top three sides in each group will go forward to the Super Six stage where each side then plays the teams which have qualified from the other group. The top two sides from the Super Six go forward to the final.

Edwards, 29, ICC Women’s Player of the Year of 2008, reckoned the tournament would be the toughest yet, with the format guaranteeing that only the two best teams would qualify for the final. "The World Cup is all about peaking at the right time and dealing with the pressure of big matches," she said. "I think the four pre-tournament favourites --England, Australia, India and New Zealand -- are equal in strength, which brings it down to the fact that the difference between winning and losing will be whose key players excel on match days."

Edwards was speaking with the experience of 117 one-day internationals. "It’s obviously nice for England to be spoken as favourites, but I think Australia are favourite, especially because they will be playing on home turf. Australia have dominated international cricket for the past 10 years and being on home soil thy are the team to beat.

"I also think the West Indies will be the surprise package. We played them in the summer, and I was really impressed with them, especially with their bowling and fielding."

Officials will include the ICC international umpires Steve Davis, Tony Hill and Brian Jerling. There is one female umpire -- Kathy Cross, of New Zealand -- who will be the first woman to stand in a World Cup event. The other umpires are Shahul Hameed and Sarika Prasaad (Associate and Affiliate panel), Lakani Oala and Neil Harrison (East Asia-Pacific panel), Jeff Brookes, Andrew Craig, Tony Ward, Mick Martell (Australia National Panel) and Gerard Abood (Australian first class umpire). Referees are Brian Aldridge and David Jukes.

England squad: Charlotte Edwards (capt), Caroline Atkins, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin, Lydia Greenway, Lauren Griffiths, Isa Guha, Jenny Gunn, Laura Marsh, Beth Morgan, Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent, Nicola Shaw, Anya Shrubsole, Claire Taylor, Sarah Taylor.

Posted by Charlie Randall
03/03/2009 01:08:01

Australia to host the best

AUSTRALIA are preparing to host the women's World Cup at six venues across New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory (ACT) from March 7-22, and it is clear the best players will be on show judging by provisional squads released so far.

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The top three ODI batsmen in the new Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings – Claire Taylor (England), Lisa Sthalekar (Australia) and Mithali Raj (India) – have all been named along with leading bowlers Isa Guha (England), Shelley Nitschke (Australia) and Jhulan Goswami (India). The standard of women's cricket is rising each year and makes better television than ever.

Also featuring are Karen Rolton, Australia's captain, who won the ICC women’s cricketer of the year in 2006, Charlotte Edwards, the 2008 winner from England. Australia and New Zealand will make final touches to their preparations by playing in the Rose Bowl Series in New Zealand on Feb 1-12, while Pakistan and Sri Lanka will warm up for the most prestigious event in women’s cricket in the triangular series in Bangladesh from Feb 3-18.

ESPN Star Sports, the ICC’s broadcast partner, will cover all seven matches that will take place at North Sydney Oval, including the final. This will ensure that the event will be the most widely viewed to date, with the coverage to be aired in more than 100 countries.

The format of the event sees the teams divided into two groups. Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies and South Africa are in Group A while India, England, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are in Group B. The top three sides in each group go forward to the Super Six stage where each side then plays the teams which have qualified from the other group. The top two sides from the Super Six go forward to the Sydney final.

Provisional squads

AUSTRALIA – Karen Rolton (capt) Sarah Andrews, Alex Blackwell, Kate Blackwell, Melissa Bulow, Kris Britt, Jessica Cameron, Renee Chappell, Leonie Coleman, Lauren Ebsary, Sarah Edwards, Rene Farrell, Jodie Fields, Corrinne Hall, Rachel Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Jessica Jonassen, Delissa Kimmence, Shelley Nitschke, Erin Osborne, Ellyse Perry, Kirsten Pike, Leah Poulton, Emma Sampson, Clea Smith, Lisa Sthalekar, Selina Tainton, Jo-Ann Verrall, Elyse Villani, Julie Woerner.

ENGLAND – Charlotte Edwards (capt), Caroline Atkins, Katherine Brunt, Holly Colvin, Lydia Greenway, Lauren Griffiths, Isa Guha, Jenny Gunn, Laura Marsh, Beth Morgan, Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent, Nicola Shaw, Anya Shrubsole, Claire Taylor, Sarah Taylor.

INDIA – Amita Sharma, Anagha Deshpande, Anjum Chopra, Asha Rawat, Devika Palshikar, Diana David, Gouhar Sultana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jaya Sharma, Jhulan Goswami, Lalita Sharma, Latika Kumari, Mithali Raj, Murugesan Thirushkamini, Niranjana Sankaramani, Nooshin Al-Khadeer, Pallavi Bharadwaj, Priti Dimri, Priyanka Roy, Punam Raut, Ria Chaudhury, Rumeli Dhar, Reema Malhotra, Rajeshwari Goyal, Seema Pujare, Sindhu Basu, Snehal Pradhan, Sravanthi Krishnamurthy, Sulakshana Naik, Swarupa Kadam.

NEW ZEALAND – Haidee Tiffin (capt), Suzie Bates, Kate Broadmore, Nicola Browne, Sarah Burke, Abby Burrows, Emma Campbell, Rachel Candy, Amanda Cooper, Sophie Devine, Anna Dodd, Luch Doolan, Maria Fahey, Rosamond Kember, Victoria Lind, Frances Mackay, Katey Martin, Aimee Mason, Sara McGlashan, Beth McNeill, Louise Milliken, Prashilla Mistry, Rowan Milburn, Rachel Priest, Katherine Pulford, Sian Ruck, Amy Satterthwaite, Sarah Tsukigawa, Megan Wakefield, Anna Wilkins.

PAKISTAN – Almas Akram, Asmavia Iqbal, Armaan Khan, Bibi Nahida, Bismah Maroof, Javeria Wadood, Kainat Imtiaz, Mariam Hassan Shah, Marina Iqbal, Mehwish Tariq, Naila Nazir, Nazia Sadiq, Nida Rashid, Sabeen, Sajida Shah, Salma Faiz, Sana Gulzar, Sana Mir, Sana Zeeshan, Sania Iqbal, Sukhan Faiz, Sumaiya Siddiqui, Syeda Nain Abidi, Sadia Yousaf, Syeda Batool Fatima Naqvi, Sumaira Sajid, Qanita Jalil, Urooj Mumtaz, Wajiha Sundas, Zeba Hussain.

SOUTH AFRICA – Olivia Anderson, Susan Benade, Cri-Zelda Brits, Trisha Chetty, Moseline Daniels, Denisha Devnarain, Shandre Fritz, Alison Hodgkinson, Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Ashlyn Kilowan, Marcia Letsoalo, Sunette Loubser, Dane van Niekerk, Mignon Du Preez, Alicia Smith, Melissa Smook, Claire Terblanche, Daleen Terblanche, Kirstie Thomson, Charlize van der Westhuizen, Yolandi van der Westhuizen.

SRI LANKA – Sanduni Abeyawickrama, Suwini de Alwis, Chamari Atapaththu, Chamika Bandara, Dushyanthi Dedunu, Sandamali Dolawatta, Shereena Faizer, Hiruka Fernando, Rose Fernando, Sumudu Fernando, Sajeewani Galagedara, Chandima Gunerathna, Gayathri Kariyawasam, Nirosha Kumari, Eshani Lokusooriya, Ama Kanchana, Lasanthi Madushani, Dilani Manodara, Chamari Polgampola, Udeshika Prabodini, Deepika Rasangika, Dumila Ramma Waduge, Maduri Samudika, Chamani Seneviratne, Dedunu de Silva, Shashikala Siriwardena, Prabha Udawatta, Prasadini Weerakkodi, Sripali Weerakkodi, Chandi Wickremasinghe.

WEST INDIES – Merissa Aguilleira, Kirbyina Alexander, Melisia Billingy, Shemaine Campbelle, Phernel Charles, Maria David, Shanel Daley, Deandra Dottin, Keila Elliott, Pearl Etienne, Afy Fletcher, Erva Giddings, Geneille Greaves, Cordel Jack, Stacy-Ann King, Pamela Lavine, Debbie-Ann Lewis, Tracey Miller, Anisa Mohammed, Chedean Nation, Juliana Nero, Gaitri Seetahal, Shakera Selman, Zaheeda Samdally, Nicole Samuel, Danielle Small, Charlene Taitt, Stefanie Taylor, Joann Vansertima, Vanessa Watts.

Posted by Charlie Randall
13/01/2009 21:00:04

Atkins & Taylor make history

ENGLAND women go into the third and fourth NatWest Series one-dayers against South Africa at Shenley Park tomorrow and Thursday with a crushing psychological advantage after their record-busting match at Lord's yesterday, when openers Caroline Atkins and Sarah Taylor put on 268 together.

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England totalled 310 for three and bowled out the hapless South Africans for 85 to wrap up a 225-run victory, but that stand was the highlight, Atkins making an emotional 145 and Taylor batting through for 129.

This was the highest one-day England partnership, male or female, passing the 226 between Andrew Strauss and Andrew Flintoff against the West Indies at Lord’s in 2004. The highest stand in a women’s game was 246 for the first wicket in 1973 by Enid Blackwell and Lynn Thomas. Atkins’ 145, surpassing her previous best of 69, made her only the third woman to score a century at Lord’s, with Taylor becoming the fourth.

The finishing touch to the Lord's game was applied by Katherine Brunt, who ripped through the South African batting with 5-25.

Posted by Charlie
10/08/2008 12:54:34

Canadians given 81 wides

THE Trinidad & Tobago women's development XI bowled 81 wides in a one-day game against the touring Canadians in Tobago this week and still won by three wickets.

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Canada made 167 for eight off their 40 overs at Scarborough, with their captain Mona Persaud scoring 42 not out, but her effort was dwarfed by the extras count of 92. Wavenie Williams took two wickets for 20, and the six bowlers used each conceded a minimum of 11 wides, adding the equivalent of almost 14 overs to the allocation.

In reply Tobago reached their target with two overs to spare after recovering from 20 for four. Opener Erica George top-scored with 56 not out, and all-rounder Williams stepped in with 51. The Canadian wides count was 'only' 48.

Not only did the batsmen and umpires have to deal with 129 wides on a blazing hot day. The TT side wore white shirts and used a white ball in front of white sightscreens.

The women take the game as seriously as anyone, but their game has its own peculiar character. As an example of female pragmatism, Ebony Rainford-Brent, a UCL chemistry graduate and England one-day all-rounder, said she used to cut the finger ends off her batting gloves to save her nails before she started playing regularly for Surrey.

And they can get through games quickly. The United Arab Emirates were bowled out for nine runs in nine overs by Bangladesh at the Asian Cricket Council women’s tournament in Malaysia last winter. The match at Johor, in the south, lasted less than an hour as the victors required only 1.2 overs to secure a 10-wicket win. The UAE captain, Natasha Michael was only 13 years old.

As for female spectators, an amusing letter published in The Cricketer in the 1980s from a reader, Kenneth Hosking, describing the occasion in 1948 when he took his new fiancée Audrey and her uncle to watch her first cricket match. As luck had it, he chose the Australians’ visit to Southend when they scored 721 all out against Essex in the day.

Uncle: "Well, Audrey, what did you think of THAT?"

Audrey: "It’s alright, I suppose, but a bit slow."

Posted by Charlie
17/04/2008 15:15:02

Christchurch bad for England

NEW ZEALAND inflicted a double blow on England’s cricket prestige when their women’s team cruised to a massive 123-run victory at Lincoln University, a ground just outside Christchurch where Paul Collingwood’s team lost their one-day series this weekend.

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The Lincoln game was the first of five one-dayers, and New Zealand’s total of 261-9 was always going to be too many, despite an undefeated 70 for England by their captain Charlotte Edwards. Beth McNeill shone with the ball for New Zealand by taking six for 32 in her 10 overs, comfortably bettering Isa Guha's earlier figures of three for 47 for England.

It had been an eventful international cricket weekend in Christchurch, with the news that Jesse Ryder had been seriously injured attempting to break into a locked toilet area at the Stock Exchange bar during an all-night celebration of the New Zealand men’s series success against England. The hand operation he needed today could affect his batting career.

Posted by charlie
24/02/2008 13:28:41

Joyce twins shine in Irish loss

IRELAND were bolstered by superb efforts from the twin sisters of England left-hander Ed Joyce, but the team collapsed to a 57-run defeat by Pakistan in the women’s world cup qualifying tournament in South Africa, which started today.

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Isobel Joyce produced an incredible five run-outs of the six at Stellenbosch that restricted Pakistan to 165 for nine off 50 overs. Her 24 year-old sister Cecilia top-scored with 36 in reply, but Ireland themselves were damaged by four run-outs, including Cecilia and the captain Heather Whelan, in a collapse to 108 all out.

In the whacky world of women’s fringe cricket Bermuda had earlier been bowled out for 13 by host nation South Africa -- a total that included only three runs off the bat and was passed in four legal deliveries for a 10-wicket defeat.

Ireland can still qualify for the later stages if they beat Scotland. Pakistan's bowlers were disciplined, conceding only eight extras compared to their opponents' 27, and their fielding was lively, but the Irish were let down by a long tail.

Posted by charlie
18/02/2008 17:31:02
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