- The New South Wales Breakers hit the top of the table this weekend, after an Ellyse Perry century (101 off 120 balls) saw them thrash the bottom-placed Western Fury by 107 runs.
- Tasmania Roar keeper-batsman Georgia Redmayne became the first Tasmanian ever to hit a WNCL century as the Roar pulled off a thrilling last-ball run chase of 246 to beat the ACT Meteors.
- The following day was somewhat less fun for the Roar however, as they got Lanninged. The Megastar hit 190 off 153 balls – breaking her own WNCL record high score of 175 – whilst Jess Cameron played second-fiddle at the other end with a “mere” 108 off 120, as the Vic Spirit posted 320-3 in Hobart – the Roar were bowled out for 163 in reply.
- Fast bowler Julie Hunter has announced her retirement from the WNCL after a 13-year career which included 23 ODIs for Australia. She will continue to play in the WBBL.
- Anya Shrubsole will join Katherine Brunt at the Perth Scorchers for this year’s WBBL – this is the first time Shrubsole has ever been persuaded to play domestic cricket other than for her “home” sides – Somerset and Western Storm.
- Shrubsole effectively replaces Charlotte Edwards at the Scorchers – Edwards confirmed earlier this month that she will play for the Adelaide Strikers, as expected given that she is currently playing WNCL there for the South Australia Scorpions.
- It’s been announced that Channel Ten will broadcast a standalone women’s cricket weekend in December as part of the WBBL season, with four (F.O.U.R!!!) WBBL games being shown across one weekend.
- India have announced their squad for their Women’s International Championship ODI and T20 series versus West Indies, with Harmanpreet Kaur promoted to the T20 captaincy, but Mithali Raj retaining the role for the ODIs.
- Meanwhile, there is still no official word on what happens to the points from India’s “missed” series against Pakistan, which the BCCI essentially refused to play. Bizarrely the Indians seem to think they may be entitled to some of the points, and it is apparently going to an ICC committee to decide. (The two teams are also supposed to be competing later this year in the Asia Cup in Thailand, but there are now clouds over that too.)
- In case you missed it, this is awesome – Eileen Ash (née Whelan) played the last of her 7 Tests in 1949. On the pitch Whelan was a bowler, taking 10 wickets in a career which was curtailed by the war. More than half a century later though, she is still at the crease of life – currently (as of today, Sunday) batting 105 not out and reckoned to be the oldest living Test cricketer of either gender.
I believe Eileen Ash is not just the oldest living Test cricketer but the oldest (deceased or alive) Test cricketer (of either gender). Recent footage of her suggests she is still unbelievably mobile. Let’s hope she is still around next July to hand over the World Cup trophy !!
India v Pakistan. Once again we see politics interfering with sport. I find this a great shame. One of sport’s great assets is its ability to build bridges. I have no meaningful knowledge of the rights and wrongs of the Kashmir situation so it would be wrong of me to comment directly but both sides appear to feel wronged by the other. As far as I aware the two countries are not at war. Could not something be sorted out? If not it seems sport has failed once again to live up to what should be one of its strengths. While we know the BCCI’s position on this, I doubt we will ever know that of the players concerned. They will certainly be doing more soul searching than the rest of us. Let’s hope Diwali can shed some light on the deliberations, as well as the lives of those celebrating currently.
The Clanger’s comment on Eileen Ash is enlightening. Obviously quite a lady – it seems odd that many of us in the women’s cricket world had not previously heard of her. How did that happen? His suggestion that, should she be able, she should hand the world cup to the winners, seems to me highly appropriate!
PS: “This Week In Brief” – a great idea, especially given the season down under is now in full swing.
The New Zealand domestic women’s competition doesn’t kick off till 25 November (T20)/26 November (50 over), but some good news in the meantime is that, as part of their WBBL warmup, the Melbourne Stars are coming over to Wellington to play a T20 against the Wellington Blaze on 7 December at the Basin Reserve – it’s a double-header, with the corresponding men’s teams playing on the same day.
From the visitors, I’m especially looking forward to seeing Meg Lanning bat and the leg-spin twins, Kristen Beams and Alana King, bowl.