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Recent Match Report – Thunder vs Northern Diamonds North Group 2020

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Northern Diamonds 144 for 4 (Kalis 55*) beat North West Thunder 143 (Brown 32, Langston 3-18) by six wickets

Northern Diamonds secured a convincing win over cross-Pennine rivals North West Thunder to qualify for next Sunday’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final at Edgbaston, where they will play Southern Vipers.

Former England fast bowler Beth Langston returned an excellent 3 for 18 from 8.5 overs as the Thunder, who elected to bat, were bowled out for 143 at Emerald Headingley.

The Diamonds then secured their fifth win from six to top the North Group by chasing down their target for the loss of only four wickets with 20.2 overs to spare. Netherlands international Sterre Kalis top-scored with an unbeaten 55 off 67 balls, including nine fours.

On a glorious late September day in Leeds, the Thunder were hurt by the loss of two wickets in the first 20 balls of the contest, including Langston bowling Laura Marshall, and later five wickets for 18 runs as they slipped from 91 for 3 to 109 for 8.

Langston returned in the latter stages of the innings to bowl Liberty Heap and Rebecca Duckworth, picking the ideal time to return her best figures of the competition on a true pitch. Her new ball partner, Phoebe Graham, also struck twice, as did Jenny Gunn – she also later contributed an unbeaten 26 – and Katie Levick. Upon her return from training with the England squad, left-arm spinner Linsey Smith also added a wicket.

The inexperienced Thunder, who have been encouraged by two wins from their six games, were eyeing a recovery from 31 for 3 in 10th over as opener Georgie Boyce and Nat Brown were sharing 60 for the fourth wicket. They hit 29 and 32 respectively, uniting for 11 overs.

In that period, the Diamonds looked a touch ragged and will be keen to rectify an issue with wides that reared its head for the fourth game running. In those games combined, they have conceded 95 runs in wides, including 25 in this game. If they do that against the Vipers in the final, it could be very costly.

In reply, the Diamonds, who have won both matches against the Thunder this summer, wobbled only briefly as they lost two wickets in the 21st over to slip to 90 for 4 before Kalis steered them home.

Rachel Hopkins was bowled around her legs in the seventh over by left-arm spinner Hannah Jones, but captain Hollie Armitage hit six boundaries in a 50-ball 36 to help take the target below 100. Armitage offered a sharp return catch to Thunder skipper Alex Hartley in the 16th over.

In the 21st, off-spinner Heap then had Ami Campbell stumped before Alex MacDonald was run out following a mix-up with Kalis three balls later to make it 90 for 4.

But 21-year-old Kalis, who hit 87 in last Sunday’s defeat against Central Sparks, found an ally in former England Ashes and World Cup winner Gunn.

Gunn was the aggressor with five fours in 35 balls as the pair shared 54 inside nine overs, while Kalis – strong on the sweep – reached 50 off 64 balls in a bonus-point win.



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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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