OPINION: Adams Wants Head Coach Job But Has Fine Line To Tread

According to a piece in yesterday’s Times, former Surrey coach and ex-England international Chris Adams has put his name forward for the role of England Women’s Head Coach.

Adams certainly has the pedigree for the job. Though he only played a handful of Tests, he scored nearly 20,000 runs in his county career at Derbyshire and Sussex, including 48 centuries.

As a coach he won silverware with Surrey but later took the fall in the aftermath of the Tom Maynard tragedy and was sacked in 2013.

Unlike some of the names who have been mentioned in connection with the coach’s role, Adams has actually seen a bit of women’s cricket – CRICKETher sat next to him at the Sussex / Notts match earlier this year.

But herein lies the problem: Adams was there primarily because his daughter Georgia was playing for Sussex. A stylish opening batsman, Georgia Adams has captained Sussex when Sarah Taylor has been on international duty this season, and was the leading run-scorer in their victorious T20 campaign.

Having made a number of Academy appearances, the 22-year-old is definitely on the fringes of full international selection; which could leave both father and daughter in a potentially awkward position.

We’ve seen only these past few weeks the kind of problems that can occur, with the controversy over the selection of Owen Farrell for England’s crucial Rugby World Cup match with Wales. Farrell was a borderline choice, with many commentators preferring other options, so the fact that one of the coaches is his father led to many people putting two and two together… and rightly or wrongly, making the number they wanted to make.

Georgia Adams certainly warrants a potential opportunity with England; but the last thing she’d need under those circumstances is the suggestion that she’d only got her chance because her father was the coach; and equally the last thing the coach needs is whisperings that he’s given his daughter preferential treatment – if Chris Adams is in any doubt about that, he should just ask Andy Farrell!

So Clare Connor has a tough cookie to chew here – Adams could be a good option… and so could Adams; but is the line they’d all have to tread perhaps a little too fine?

NEWS: ICC Announces Details of 2017 World Cup

The ICC have today announced details of the prize money and new format for the next World Cup, to be hosted by England in 2017.

Prize money for the 2017 tournament will now stand at $1 million, a huge rise from previous tournaments. While prize money for the men’s event (currently £2.5 million) is still significantly more, the ICC Board has also agreed that the 2021 event, in New Zealand, will be worth $1.2 million overall, and this therefore does appear to be a step in the direction of equal prize money for both sports.

Additionally, it has been announced that the 2017 World Cup will be an eight team round-robin competition, with the top four sides progressing to the semi-finals, followed by the final. This guarantees each team at least seven matches, and is a change from the 2013 tournament format, whereby the 8 participating teams were split into two groups and played 3 games each, before the top sides progressed to the “Super Sixes”.

Lastly, the ICC has confirmed that the Women’s Championship, which sees all of the top 8 teams in the world play each other in order to determine who automatically qualifies for the next World Cup, will continue after 2017 into a second cycle. The Championship has effectively acted as a Future Tours Programme for the women’s game since it was introduced in 2014, and its continuation is welcome news for the sport.

WNCL Debrief – Wyatt & Lanning Rock Meteors

Queensland Fire (102-0) bt Tasmania Roar (101)

Jess Jonassen took 3-19 as the Roar whimpered to 101 all out after Holly Ferling had removed both Tasmania openers cheaply.

Beth Mooney (49*) and Grace Harris (48*) then knocked off the runs inside 16 overs without loss, for the double bonus-point win.

Given that somebody has to drop points somewhere, bonus points could be critical in determining who finishes inside the top two to qualify for November’s final.

Vic Spirit (220-4) bt ACT Meteors (218-6)

A team-effort batting performance from ACT saw them reach 218, with Erin Osborne (48) top-scoring as all of the top 7 made it into double-figures.

The Spirit lost Hayley Jensen for a duck in the second over, but sometimes an early wicket isn’t what you need… especially if it is one that brings a certain “Meghann Lanning” (as the CA scorecards insist on calling her) to the crease.

Lanning went on to make her first hundred of the campaign, though she played second-fiddle for a lot of her innings to England’s Danni Wyatt, who cracked 84 off 73 balls, including 10 4s, as Victoria crossed the line inside 44 overs.

The result means that Vic Spirit (13 points) go top from Queensland Fire (10), though the South Australian Scorpions (9) have a game in hand in 3rd.

WNCL resumes on October 31st, with Vic Spirit facing the Scorpions at home in Melbourne.

WNCL Debrief – Scorps Go Top After Devine Intervention

South Austrlia Scorpions (246) bt Westen Australia Fury (157)

New Zealander Sophie Devine, who earlier this year smashed a T20 half-century off just 18 balls against India, was at it again for South Australia today hitting 56 off 54 against Western Australia at the WACA. Coming in at 7 with the Scorpions in a little bit of bother at 148-6, she dragged them on towards a decent total, putting on 30 with Sarah Coyte and then dominating a 65 run partnership with Sam Betts.

The Fury’s reply got off to a disastrous start, with Elyse Villani out for a duck in the first over… and it was pretty-much downhill after that as (…who else?) Sophie Devine took 4-17. Nicole Bolton was in good form again, making 71, but for the second time this weekend she found herself propping up a losing cause as WA subsided to 157 all out.

The bonus point win puts the Scorpions top of WNCL after 2 games, level on points with Vic Spirit who are pushed into second on net run rate.

WNCL Debrief – Sarah Taylor Smashes Century As Scorps Beat Breakers

South Australia Scorpions (281-5) bt New South Wales Breakers (280-7)

England glove-butler Sarah Taylor smashed 101 off just 103 balls as the Scorpions posted 281, with Bridget Patterson (72) and captain Lauren Ebsary (72*)  also contributing.

The Breakers’ reply was all about Alex Blackwell. who built big partnerships with Ellyse Perry (36) and Nicola Carey (45) on her way to 118* but brilliant death-bowling from Megan Shcutt (4-42) saw NSW fall just short.

Vic Spirit (114-8) bt Tasmania Roar (110)

In a low-scoring match in Brisbane, Extras (26) top-scored for the Roar, as they were bowled out for 110, with leg-spinner Kristen Beams taking 3-24.

Vic Spirit made hard-work of their riposte – losing 8 wickets along the way to 114, with only Sarah Elliot (30) Kirsty Lamb (24*) and Meg Lanning (18) making it into double-figures, although they did get the runs quickly enough to grab a vital bonus point.

Queensland Fire (255-6) bt ACT Meteors (244-9)

From a potentially disastrous 11-3, the Fire recovered to post 255, mainly thanks to a massive 4th-wicket stand of 193 from Jess Jonassen (82) and Delissa Kimmince (100).

In response, opener Katie Mack gave the Meteors some belief through the middle overs, until she hesitated slightly after calling a sharp single and was run out for 61. ACT soldiered-on in what was very-much a team effort, helped by a number of dropped catches in the field, but ended their 50 overs 11 runs short at 244-9, with Sammy-Jo Johnson taking 3-37 for the Fire.

WNCL Debrief – Nicole Bolton Hits 100 In Losing Cause

ACT Meteors (184/3) bt Tasmania Roar (182)

New Zealand’s Lea Tahuhu took 3-12 as Tasmania were bowled out for 182 in the final over; with Berkshire overseas Crinny Hall top-scoring for the Roar with 64.

Katie Mack then made 67 and Sara McGlashan 62* as the Meteors chased them down inside 38 overs – McGlashan winning the game with a 6!

Vic Spirit (246/4) bt Queensland Fire (245/7)

Southern Star Grace Harris opened for Queensland, smashing 67 off 56 balls, with Kirby Short (60) and Beth Mooney (49) also chipping-in as the Fire posted 245/7, with England’s Danni Wyatt taking 3-40.

Victoria got the runs with an over to spare, with Sarah Eliot (52) and Meg Lanning (89*) making the key contributions.

New South Wales Breakers (220/9) bt Western Australia Fury (219/5)

Western Australia got off to a furious [*sorry!] start with Nicole Bolton hitting the first century of this season’s WNCL – 104 off 141 balls- after an opening stand of 143 with Elyse Villani (48). The Fury lost steam a bit towards the end, but still managed to reach 219 for the loss of 5 down, with England’s Laura Marsh bowling 10 wicketless overs for 33.

In reply, fifties from Rachel Haynes (72) and Ellyse Perry (57) looked to have put the Breakers in a strong position. However a late collapse made things very squeaky for NWS, but they were nevertheless somehow able to scrape over the line with 9 wickets down and just one ball remaining!

BREAKING: ECB Cave On WBBL Final

The ECB has announced this morning that it has bowed to pressure and will permit contracted England players to remain in Australia for the full duration of the WBBL, allowing them to participate in the final… if of course, their team makes it that far in the franchise competition!

The ECB had been reluctant to sanction this, because England’s tour to South Africa follows so hot on the heels of the WBBL; but after petitioning from Cricket Australia and the players themselves they have given way.

Now, instead of coming home to England, the 7 WBBL players – Charlotte Edwards and Katherine Brunt (Perth Scorchers), Heather Knight (Hobart Hurricanes), Kate Cross and Lauren Winfield (Brisbane Heat), Sarah Taylor (Adelaide Strikers) and Danielle Wyatt (Melbourne Renegades) – will fly directly to South Africa, where the ECB has arranged a pre-tour training camp for the entire England squad at the High Performance Institute of Sport in Potchefstroom.

This is good news all-round and CRICKETher commends all parties involved for getting around the table and thrashing out a solution that works for the good of the game, the fans and the England team too.