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:
- 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!
- 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!