NEWS: This Week In Brief

New Zealand v Pakistan

  • After her success in South Africa, it has been another good week for Amy Satterthwaite, who hit two centuries in the 2nd and 3rd ODIs as the White Ferns took a 3-0 series lead against Pakistan.
  • The first two ODIs were easy wins for the Kiwis, as Pakistan simply failed to score runs; but there were signs of things coming together a bit for the visitors in the 3rd ODI, as a century stand between Javeria Khan and Bismah Maroof provided the foundation for a total of 263-6.
  • As things stand, New Zealand still need one more win to assure qualification for England 2017 – they have that opportunity on Thursday.

India v West Indies

  • West Indies went into this series needing just one win to wrap-up their qualification; but thus far it has been India all the way, and they currently lead the series 2-0.
  • In both ODIs, West Indies batted first, but failed to put enough runs on the board (131 in the 1st ODI, 153 in the 2nd) and India chased them down easily.
  • West Indies have another chance to qualify again on Wednesday; but…
  • There is still a slim hope for India of direct qualification – if they win well on Wednesday and the ICC’s committee decrees that they share the points from their “missing” series with Pakistan, they could directly qualify at West Indies’ expense. UPDATE: Games Won counts before NRR, and West Indies are well ahead on this.

Sri Lanka v England

  • This has been a difficult one to follow, with only a barely-live scorecard and the ECB’s official Twitter feed providing information; but we know obviously that England have done the job they went to Sri Lanka to do – qualify for their own tournament with a win in the 2nd ODI – the 1st “Championship” match.
  • Although England won the 2nd ODI by a huge margin (over 100 runs) they did get bowled out, albeit off the final ball of the 50 overs, but still clearly questions remain over the fragility of the batting, and it will be interesting to see if Emma Lamb gets a couple of games now that the pressure is off for the last 2 matches.

And Finally…

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3 thoughts on “NEWS: This Week In Brief

  1. Nice to see Pakistan finally putting a decent innings together and make a much more competitive score than their usual, 160-170 well sub-par effort. No surprises that Javeria and Maroof were big parts of it. Shame their bowling has not really improved much since they were in England. Satterthwaite’s performances have also been remarkable, I have watched a bit of it but found the livestream to be quite intermittent. I’ve always rated Amy as a batman but she is really showing how good she is now. Katey Martin and Lea Tahuhu have been quite impressive too and NZ look a very strong side.

    West Indies, having had a great start to the Championship campaign, are now in real danger of not qualifying after two disappointing performances in India. Anyone got a read on how the ICC committee will adjudicate in their point decision for the Pakistan game? Will it go the way of the India seeing how influential the BCCI are? That decision could now have massive ramifications. The loss to England has obviously affected WI’s confidence. Taylor has not managed a big score yet but the main difference appears to be they can’t restrict India to the low scores we saw in the West Indies, which seems to be all they can muster. Taylor, Dottin and Aguilleira appear to be the only ones capable of scoring at a decent rate. India meanwhile look like they’ve not missed a series and played with confidence; Raj, Mandhana, Bisht, Gayakwad – the usual suspects all doing the business at times.

    Last but not least congratulations to England on their qualification, 2 very solid performances so far with good contributions throughout the team. Good performance from Hazell in the last match too. If we are getting around the 300 mark away from home, I’m pretty happy and am not too concerned about being all out off the last ball. I’d rather be 295 all out than finish 153-7! I’m more concerned about Brunt and Jones’s prospects for playing in the remaining matches, it would be a big loss for them to have to miss out.

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  2. I’m with you James P. Don’t see any issues for concern when we get 296. As you put, I would rather we lost wickets trying to get a higher score than playing safe and getting 220. After winning by 8 wickets with 22 overs to go the previous game I think your looking for things that aren’t there Syd.
    I would though love them to give Lamb a game, it’s a great chance for her to get some experience.
    Congratulations to Tammy as well for her recent award too. What a year she has had.

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  3. 296 was England’s highest ever total vs Sri Lanka. Probably still a few concerns about the lower order batting but this top four is looking very solid.

    On top of their fragile batting, West Indies must be concerned about Anisa Mohammed’s form. In conditions that should suit her she’s taken a single wicket in this series and only took four against England. Her career economy rate, while still a phenomenal 3.30 is actually the highest it’s ever been.

    Even though NZ made short work of the chase it was pleasing to see Pakistan post 263. That was the 3rd highest total in their ODI history and their highest in over three years.
    What a year Satterthwaite’s had. At the start of 2016 she had an ODI batting average of 28.64. In a career spanning 77 matches it had never exceeded 30. 13 matches and 730 runs later, it’s now 34.85.
    She’s already got the 5th most ODI runs ever in a calendar year and with two games to go she has an outside chance of beating Debbie Hockley’s NZ record of 880.
    Good to see NZ have been streaming these matches though time difference and clashes with other fixtures means I haven’t actually seen that much of it.
    Really good recent news about Cricket Australia’s commitment to streaming WBBL games.

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