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Recent Match Report – South East Stars vs Southern Vipers South Group 2020

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Southern Vipers 230 for 6 (Windsor 47*, Adams 41) beat South East Stars 227 (Brewer 79, Bell 4-36) by 4 wickets

Lauren Bell‘s return to Southern Vipers from the England training bubble proved a memorable one, as she claimed 4 for 36 to set up a four-wicket victory against South East Stars at The Kia Oval, leaving Vipers undefeated in the group stages of the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy and headed to next weekend’s final.

Stars’ Chloe Brewer, making only her second appearance in the competition, hit an impressive 79 at the top of the order, but Stars squandered their solid start, collapsing from 145 for 3 to 227 all out in 48.3 overs.

In what turned into a nail-biting run chase, it was the 72-run sixth-wicket partnership between Carla Rudd, who made 35, and Emily Windsor, with an unbeaten 47, which ultimately proved decisive for Vipers, Windsor hitting the winning runs in the 48th over with 16 balls to spare.

Vipers had initially looked to be going steady at 70 for 1 after 15 overs, before back-to-back dismissals in the 16th and 17th gave them a wobble – captain Georgia Adams caught and bowled by Hannah Jones for 41, while Maia Bouchier fell lbw to leg-spinner Danielle Gregory for 10.

With their captain and the leading competition run-scorer back in the dugout, Charlie Dean and Paige Scholfield began the necessary rescue work but could not see the job through, as Gregory and Jones struck in tandem again in their consecutive second spells, leaving Vipers five down.

But Vipers’ experienced middle order eventually proved their mettle, ensuring they maintained their winning momentum going into the Trophy final

Stars’ batting was expected to be buoyed in the last round by the return of England players Bryony Smith and Alice Davidson-Richards, but both fell for single figures – Smith the first wicket to fall, driving straight into the hands of Bouchier at extra cover in the fourth over.

Instead it was two teenagers who did the heavy lifting for Stars, with 18-year-old Brewer well supported by 16-year-old Alice Capsey, as the pair shared a 77-run partnership for the third wicket. Coming together in the 12th over after Aylish Cranstone was lbw to Charlotte Taylor attempting a sweep, they remained at the crease until the 30th, moving the total along from 52 for 2 to 129 for 3.

Both eventually fell in near-identical fashion, sending the ball up into the safe hands of Bouchier – the 21-year-old snaffling a total of four catches in her signature position at extra cover to leave her with a tally of 10 across the group stages, the highest of anyone in the competition.

Bell’s reintroduction in the 33rd over helped further dent the Stars’ innings, with her victims including both top-scorer Brewer and Stars’ captain Tash Farrant, bowled by a brilliant yorker.

Grace Gibbs attempted to salvage things with a rapid 19-ball 30 at the back end to take Stars past 200, including two beautifully struck sixes against the off-spin of Adams. However, two smart run-outs from Scholfield at midwicket finished the job, with Stars bowled out in the 49th – nine balls of their innings going unused.





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Recent Match Report – New South Wales vs Western Australia 4th Match 2020

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Western Australia 7 for 436 (Green 185*, Whiteman 114) trail New South Wales 6 for 443 dec by seven runs

There is a sense of uncertainty in Australian cricket about how soon 21-year-old Cameron Green should be promoted to the national set up – it’s a question of when, not if – but a career-best 185, as he batted throughout the third day against New South Wales, suggested as a batsman he is not far away.

Green’s impressive stay, which followed a century from Sam Whiteman, led a strong Western Australia response as they closed within touching distance of the New South Wales total. Unless there is an agreement between the captains on the final day – or the defending champions stumble in a nothing-to-gain third innings – it is difficult to see how there will be a positive result on a docile surface.

Green’s technique and composure stood out as he did not lose his patience when kept quiet in the 80s and bombarded by a sustained short-ball attack which occasionally had him in some awkward positions, although the gentle nature of the pitch made it a back-breaking tactic for the quicks.

He brought up his fourth first-class hundred from 250 balls when he drove Nathan Lyon through the covers and he was still there at stumps having faced 378 deliveries. He is being held back from bowling in the early stages of the season after a series back problems but even without that part of his game he could be in the selection frame.

Whiteman had resumed on 81 and brought up his fifth first-class hundred from 193 balls before the third-wicket stand of 173 was ended when he top edged a pull into the leg side to give Sean Abbott his third scalp early in the afternoon session. Whiteman’s run of Shield scores since the second part of last season reads 53, 4, 51, 110, 65, 18 and 114.

It was a day of toil for the New South Wales attack, but Harry Conway was rewarded for a hard-working spell when Ashton Turner edged to gully although there was never a suggestion of a clatter of wickets that would have opened up the game.

Ashton Agar settled in alongside Green to further chip away at New South Wales’ advantage until he was trapped lbw by his opposite number Lyon. There had been some concern earlier in the day when Lyon appeared to be feeling some discomfort in his right shoulder after attempting a run out attempt during the first session, but he was able to send down 40 overs and added Aaron Hardie leg before with one that gripped nicely.



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Recent Match Report – South Australia vs Tasmania 3rd Match 2020

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South Australia 195 and 2 for 93 trail Tasmania 8 for 493 dec (Doran 112, Paine 111*, McDermott 90, Wakim 83) by 205 runs

Tim Paine‘s third first-class century pushed Tasmania into a position from where they will hunt a final-day victory against South Australia who are in danger of beginning the Sheffield Shield season with a brace of heavy losses.

They negotiated the final session with what was probably the maximum damage if they were to have genuine hope of escaping with a draw. Jake Weatherald was well caught, low at third slip, and Brad Davis paid the price of shouldering arms against Peter Siddle before Henry Hunt and Travis Head, who had earlier dislocated a finger in the field, saw out the day.

South Australia were already comfortably ahead at the start of the third day and left hander Jake Doran was the first to register three figures with his second Shield hundred.

Paine had waited 13 years to double his century tally when he made a hundred against Western Australia at the WACA last season. He was discomforted for a while here, following a blow on the arm from Wes Agar and was treated to some sustained short-pitched bowling, but his third hundred came from 191 deliveries with a pull off Kane Richardson on a day of remorseless accumulation by South Australia. It set him up nicely for a season that, everyone hopes, will include four Tests against India.

By the time Doran was taken at slip, Lloyd Pope finding a touch of extra bounce from round the wicket to take the top edge, the sixth-wicket stand was worth 153 and it had long-since become a match-saving mission for South Australia.

For the rest of the afternoon Paine was accompanied by Beau Webster and Tom Andrews to further deflate the Redbacks’ attack. Webster looked aghast to be given caught down the leg side and Pope was able to collect a second wicket, but they came at the considerable cost of 203 – the first bowler to concede a double ton in the Shield since 2015.



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IPL 2020 – CSK allrounder Dwayne Bravo out of tournament with groin injury

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A groin injury has ruled Dwayne Bravo out of the remainder of the IPL season.

The Chennai Super Kings allrounder suffered a groin injury during their match against the Delhi Capitals on October 17, and was able to bowl only three of his four overs. With Bravo unable to bowl the 20th over with the Capitals needing 17 to win, the Super Kings went to Ravindra Jadeja, who conceded 6, 6, 2, 6 to Axar Patel off the last four balls of the match.

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