NEWS: This Week In Brief

Women’s International Championship

  • New Zealand took another step towards England 2017 with a 2-1 Championship series win over South Africa, with Lancashire Thunder’s Amy Satterthwaite the star of both the White Ferns’ two victories, taking 4-13 in the 1st ODI and scoring 89* in the 3rd.
  • In the 2nd ODI, Mignon du Preez scored 80 as South Africa chased-down 222 with just 5 balls to spare, to record their 1st ever one-day victory against the Kiwis.
  • Meanwhile, England and the West Indies resume battle this afternoon, with England looking to seal the series with a victory today, after Friday’s win in Jamaica. (Should England win all 3 Championship matches, they are guaranteed automatic World Cup qualification; though even if they don’t, they should still easily qualify, with their remaining 3 games being against bottom-placed Sri Lanka later this year.)

World Cup 2017

  • Talking of 2017… tickets go on sale later this week, and here is a sneak preview of the “Who Runs The World?” promo campaign which is set to launch the tournament:

WNCL

  • The opening weekend of Australia’s 50-over WNCL saw the Queensland Fire make the early running, with victories over the Tasmania Roar and the New South Wales Breakers, and a dramatic tie with the South Australia Scorpions – they head the table from the New South Wales Breakers and the Vic Spirit, the latter with a game in hand.
  • There were centuries for Alyssa Healy (159 v Tasmania Roar), Charlotte Edwards (100 v Queensland Fire), Sarah Elliot (100* v ACT Meteors), Meg Lanning (107* v ACT Meteors) and Alex Blackwell (113* v Queensland Fire) – with more than twice as many centuries scored already as in the entire Women’s County Championship Div 1 season, the WNCL’s reputation as a batsman’s paradise rolls on!

And Finally…

  • Ex Southern Star Jess Cameron has been drafted by Melbourne’s Collingwood to play in the new Women’s Australian Football League – she’ll take the field next winter (i.e. UK summer) in the inaugural 8-team semi-professional competition, for which players will be paid up to a salary-capped $25,000!
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8 thoughts on “NEWS: This Week In Brief

  1. Think most people will have got access to the pre-sale of World Cup tickets sensibly priced between £5 – £40.

    Not sure that the Compton & Edrich -gold priced tickets are necessarily best value @ £40 but that’s my preference.

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  2. It’s worth saying a bit more about the Queensland v NSW match – it was Queensland’s first 50-over win over NSW for many years, and although Alex Blackwell was the only centurion in the match, NSW still fell 54 runs short of Queensland’s total thanks to the partnership that won the match for the Fire..

    Queensland were moseying along towards a 250-ish total when the third wicket feel in the 36th over, with the score at 162. Then Delissa Kimmince and Grace Harris added an unbeaten 156 runs in just over 14 overs:

    D.M. Kimmince not out 93 off 62 balls (SR 150.00), 11 fours, 2 sixes
    G.M Harris not out 78 off 49 balls (SR 159.18), 5 fours, 5 sixes

    Is there a more powerful hitter in the game than Grace Harris? Perhaps only Sophie Devine and Deandra Dottin can rival her.

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  3. Some of us have already purchased our WWC2017 final tickets at Lord’s. Not missing that one, whoever ends up playing!

    Regarding the loss of Cameron to footie, is this a concern for CA or women’s cricket in general? She’s a good player. It’s not as if that Melbourne team are one of the better sides, even in Melbourne let alone all of Aus. Seems to be more money in Aussie 2nd tier women’s football than in their cricket or than in England, like in WSL2 for instance.

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  4. Football is a serious threat to women’c cricket like the male game its now an all year round sport, hockey has also had a huge Olympic boost. Cricket needs a shot in the arm…

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