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Recent Match Report – Western Storm vs Sunrisers South Group 2020

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Western Storm 288 for 6 (Hennessy 105, Griffiths 80) beat Sunrisers 241 (Scrivens 72, Griffith 41) by 47 runs

Georgia Hennessy raised a brilliant hundred at the Bristol County Ground as Western Storm comfortably defeated Sunrisers by 47 runs to finish on a high in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy Southern Group.

Alex Griffiths smashed 80 and shared in a match-winning stand of 155 in 22 overs for the fifth wicket with Hennessy, who posted a season’s best 105 in an imposing total of 288 for 6 in 50 overs.

Katie Wolfe produced a notable performance with the new ball and at the death to finish with 2 for 34 from 10 overs, while Alice Macleod returned figures of 2 for 64, but Sunrisers were made to pay for some wayward bowling and a plethora of elementary mistakes in the field.

Star turn Hennessy then weighed in with 2 for 29 with the ball, took a catch and perpetrated two run outs as Sunrisers were dismissed for 241 in 49 overs, Cordelia Griffith scoring 41 and Grace Scrivens 72 at either end of the innings.

Twice beaten by Southern Vipers, Storm registered four wins in six games to finish in second place in the group behind the finalists.

Beaten in all five of their previous fixtures and rooted to the foot of the table, Sunrisers elected to bowl and reduced Storm to 69 for 4 inside 21 overs on a slow pitch.

Wolfe was especially impressive, bowling with aggression and control to remove openers Lauren Parfitt and Fi Morris. Parfitt lost her off stump to one that nipped back, having made 10, and Morris went for a breezy 27, including five fours, when playing all around a straight delivery.

In-form Storm skipper Sophie Luff made a superb century on this ground eight days earlier, but went for just three on this occasion, lifting Joanne Gardner to mid-wicket in the 13th over. When Nat Wraith was bowled by Sonali Patel for 12, Sunrisers were well and truly in the ascendancy.

Adopting attack as the best form of defence, Griffiths quickly altered the complexion of the match, striking the ball sweetly, putting the bowlers under real pressure for the first time and forcing the field back as Storm made a full recovery. She hit 13 off the 24th over, sent down by off spinner Katie Midwood, and struck a four and a six off successive deliveries to make a mess of Kelly Castle’s figures en-route to a 54-ball half-century.

Rather more watchful in her approach, Hennessy was first to that particular landmark, her 50 occupying 75 balls and serving to break Sunrisers’ spirits.

Although Midwood and Macleod managed to keep a lid on things by taking the pace off during the middle overs, boundaries flowed when the seamers returned, Hennessy and Griffiths pouncing upon anything short or wide to apply late-innings pressure and force a catalogue of mistakes in the field.

With a hundred there for the taking, Griffiths displayed her annoyance when offering a return catch to Macleod, having faced 68 balls and accrued a six and 11 fours. Hennessy stayed the course though, going to three figures via 107 deliveries, and harvesting 14 fours, before lifting Macleod to long-off three balls later. Danielle Gibson ensured there was no let-up in the tempo, the Bristolian hitting out at the death to raise an unbeaten 33 from 24 balls in a partnership of 49 for the sixth wicket with Hennessy.

Facing an uphill task, Sunrisers nevertheless made a decent start to their chase, Cordelia Griffith posting a run-a-ball 41, striking six fours and a six and dominating an opening stand of 55 with Macleod in 13 overs. But it was proving difficult to keep the ubiquitous Hennessy out of the action and, called into the attack, she made the breakthrough, Griffith carving a delivery outside off stump straight to Emma Carney at point. Hennessy then tempted Amara Carr into front foot indiscretion, Wraith completing a smart stumping, before holding a catch at mid-off to send back Naomi Dattani and present off spinner Morris with a deserved wicket.

With spinners now operating at both ends, the obdurate Macleod, who had chiseled 28 from 56 balls, was bowled by Stephanie Hutchins as Storm further tightened their grip on the game. Lacking Storm’s strength in depth and ability to extract themselves from tight situations, the visitors subsided to 102 for 5 in the 24th over, Corney’s change of pace accounting for Mia Rogers, pinned in her crease and adjudged lbw for 10. Castle at least proved combative in raising 20 from 22 balls, but she was comprehensively bowled by Naimh Holland.

Thereafter, Gardner and Scrivens made a decent fist of rebuilding, the seventh-wicket pair posting 32 and 72 respectively and staging a stand of 69 in 14 overs without ever seriously threatening to challenge Storm’s supremacy. Occasional bowler Luff broke the partnership, Wraith again demonstrating deft glovework to stump Gardner, while Midwood, Scrivens and Patel were all dismissed in the penultimate over. Scrivens displayed defiance aplenty in an attractive innings that spanned 73 balls and yielded 11 boundaries, albeit in a losing cause.



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IPL 2020 – MI vs KXIP

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Five runs to defend in the Super Over for the Kings XI Punjab against the Mumbai Indians. Mohammed Shami has seen his India team-mate Jasprit Bumrah deliver a masterclass to deny big runs to Nicholas Pooran and KL Rahul. Now, he has to do it himself. The Kings XI are on the edge, a loss could well mean curtains to their season.

At the top of his mark, Shami knew he just had to bowl yorkers – and he nailed them perfectly – as pitching it just an inch away would mean Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock probably sending the ball to the fence.

“It’s very difficult,” Shami told IPLT20.com after T20 cricket’s first-ever twin Super Over bash. “Generally we get to defend 15-17 runs, so back of the mind the thought is, ‘I believe in myself, I can do this’. But when the margin of error is very minimal [while defending five], then you start thinking what’s the best you can do.

“I always believe in my yorkers, I’m not sure what people think. Every ball as I was walking back to my run-up, the thought was that the previous yorker has landed well. This one will also go well. I just repeated the same.”

Then, having forced the game into another one-over shootout, the Kings XI decided to designate Chris Jordan with the ball. The England fast bowler, signed mainly for his death bowling, ensured that the his side required just 12 runs to get the two points they needed to stay alive, despite facing up against Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya.

And that was down to Mayank Agarwal leaping high at the boundary to save four runs off a Pollard hit by throwing the ball back onto the field of play before himself landing outside the ropes. But his night wasn’t over just yet.

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With both Rahul and Pooran being dismissed in the previous Super Over, they needed two new batsmen to come in. Out came Chris Gayle and Agarwal. The Indian opener has been in-form – second on the list of highest run-getters after Rahul – while striking at close to 160. Gayle, meanwhile, was only in his second game of the season. Surely, you’d think Agarwal would take strike? He thought the same too, until Gayle decided to take matter in his own hands.

“I wasn’t nervous, I was a bit more angry and upset that we got ourselves into this position,” Gayle later said with a laugh. “It’s a game of cricket; these things happen. Even with us going to bat, I was upset with you (Agarwal) when you asked ‘Who is going to face the first ball?’ (laughs) . I’m like, ‘Mayank, you really asked that question?’ I was like ‘Come on, don’t ask me that, I’m going to hit a sixer first ball.'”

Gayle walked the talk, depositing a juicy full toss from Trent Boult over long-on, before taking a single next ball. This left the Kings XI needing five off four. Agarwal’s rapid knock of 89, in his side’s first game this season, wasn’t enough to win the Kings XI the game in regulation time. On that day, against the Delhi Capitals, he had holed out with the Kings XI needing one off two balls and then saw them lose the Super Over. The result flashed in front of him again, and he was determined to do it differently this time.

“One-hundred percent, that Capitals game came to mind,” Agarwal said. “Chris told me, ‘Watch the ball, the rest of it will be fine’. That was on my mind. I just knew I had to hit. It wasn’t like I thought we’ll calculate, take a couple here and there. I just had to it, and it’s amazing to be part of history.”

Eventually, Agarwal sent a full toss over midwicket for four over to ensure no more drama was required for the day.



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Dawid Malan secures Hobart Hurricanes deal for BBL | Cricket

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England’s Dawid Malan, the No.1-ranked T20I batsman, has signed a BBL deal with the Hobart Hurricanes.

Malan’s interest in the tournament had been confirmed during the series against Australia when his consistent displays propelled him to the top of the rankings.

In 16 T20Is, Malan has scored 682 runs at 48.71 and a strike-rate of 146.66 with a top score of 103 not not out while he has another four centuries across his T20 career.

He will be part of what is shaping as a very strong Hurricanes top order. Matthew Wade’s availability is likely to be impacted by Test duty, but it will also include D’Arcy Short, Peter Handscomb, Ben McDermott and Mac Wright – the latter making a strong impression when he came into the side last season.

However, Malan’s own availability could yet be restricted due to England commitments with a limited-overs tour of South Africa from late November awaiting government sign-off and talks ongoing about a short T20I trip to Pakistan in mid-January.

The original BBL schedule has the tournament starting on December 3 but there is likely to be some change to that amid the reworking of the season.

All the overseas signings for the BBL are currently England players: Liam Livingstone has returned to Perth while Tom Banton (Brisbane Heat) and Tom Curran (Sydney Sixers) had existing deals.

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New Zealand players provide overseas cover for WBBL

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Five New Zealand players will provide overseas back-up for WBBL squads during the tournament that begins in Sydney next weekend

Katie Perkins (Adelaide Strikers), Lauren Down (Melbourne Renegades), Holly Huddleston (Brisbane Heat) and Rosemary Mair (Perth Scorchers) will train alongside their allocated team but will only be available if a marquee player – either a Cricket Australia contracted name or overseas player – becomes injured or unavailable.

It is the same arrangement that saw Hayley Jensen confirmed as part of the Hobart Hurricanes’ set-up.

The Renegades currently have doubt over whether New Zealand fast bowler Lea Tahuhu will be able to take part in the tournament following the injury she picked up during the series against Australia while Suzie Bates, who is with the Adelaide Strikers, damaged her shoulder in the first ODI.

The opportunity for the extra players to remain as reserves was opened up because they had already been in Australia as part of the New Zealand squad earlier this month and did not need to go through further quarantine before heading into the WBBL bubble in Sydney.

“NZC are committed to supporting our centrally contracted players wherever we can,” NZC head of women’s high performance Ant Sharp, said. “By staying on and being exposed to new training environments, alongside other quality players, they will continue to learn more about their game.”

Mair said. “We get into Sydney on Monday and I can’t wait to catch up with the Perth Scorchers. It’s a great opportunity to learn more from the Scorchers set-up and how they go about their cricket. I’ll be looking to glean as much knowledge as I can from the staff and players.

“There’s a couple of English internationals in the squad too, so it will be interesting to compare our cricket experiences from different parts of the world.”

The other New Zealand players involved as main signings for the WBBL are Sophie Devine (Perth Scorchers), Amelia Kerr and Maddy Green (Brisbane Heat) and Amy Satterthwaite (Melbourne Renegades). Former international Rachel Priest is also part of the Hurricanes squad.



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