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Recent Match Report – Qld Women vs VIC Women Final 2020/21

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Victoria, led by stand-in captain Elyse Villani, suffered a 112-run loss chasing a mammoth 318

Queensland Women 317 for 8 (Redmayne 134*, Hinkley 53, Garth 3-45) beat Victoria Women 205 (Garth 48, Sutherland 42, Harris 4-35, Mills 3-36) by 112 runs

Captain Georgia Redmayne‘s unbeaten 134, Mikayla Hinkley‘s 53, and ten wickets between Grace Harris, Lilly Mills and Courtney Grace Sippel handed Queensland their maiden Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) title on Saturday as Victoria got a 112-run hiding at the Junction Oval in Melbourne.

Victoria’s decision to field reaped mixed rewards as opener Georgia Voll and No. 3 Charli Knott fell inside 15 overs with 80 runs on the board. Harris, the big-hitting batting allrounder, was the next to depart in the 23rd over, her 24-ball 20 helping her side past the 100-run mark. On 37 off 66 balls at the time, opener Redmayne, who had made an unbeaten 99 and 90 in her previous two innings, was then joined by Hinkley and the pair put on a 96-ball 111 stand that lifted Queensland to 230 in the 39th over.

Irish professional Kim Garth provided Victoria the breakthrough, ending Hinkley’s 54-ball stay and bowling No. 6 Laura Kimmince in the space of 11 deliveries. Though the opposition kept chipping away at the line-up, Player of the Match Redmayne, who struck 14 fours in her 146-ball knock, anchored one end, her century – the second in the season – coming via a four off Tess Flintoff in the 131st ball of her innings.

With No.8 Meagan Dixon, Redmayne strung a stand of 44 runs from just 25 balls before Dixon became medium-pacer Garth’s third wicket via a caught-and-bowled dismissal. Redmayne’s unbeaten ton, her fourth 50-plus score in eight innings this season, helped Queensland finish on a strong 317 for 8. The 27-year-old right-hander finished second on the tournament run-chart with a tally of 531 at an average of 132.75.

Victoria, table-toppers in the league stage on the back of consecutive wins in the first six games of the tournament, began shakily as opener Bhavi Devchand holed out to Knott off Sippel in the third over. A potent counterattack came from their No. 3 – allrounder Annabel Sutherland – who was ruled out of Australia’s ongoing tour of New Zealand with a stress reaction in her thigh but expectedly made a return to action in the WNCL title clash.

With opener and stand-in captain Elyse Villani, Sutherland added 55 runs before Villani, who, earlier in the tournament became the first player to hit three centuries in a WNCL season, fell to Mills for 18 in the 18th over of the chase. Villani finished on a tournament tally of 611 runs at an average of 87.82, and fell 18 short of Zoe Goss‘ record for the highest run total in a season – 629, set in 1996-97.

Sutherland departed for 42 as she returned a catch to offspinner Harris in the 21st over. Anna Lanning and Lucy Cripps fell to Harris for 5 and 7 respectively, meaning Victoria, chasing a third title – and their first since 2004-05 – had lost half their side inside 27 overs and were more than 200 runs away from the target.

No. 4 Garth offered some resistance with her 54-ball 48 but the trio of Harris, Sippel and Mills never quite let her stage a comeback. Nicole Faltum and Garth fell in the space of four overs to Sippel and Mills respectively, who returned eventual figures of 3 for 44 and 3 for 36. Harris capped her returns with Mainkley Blows’ wicket to complete her four-for as Victoria folded for 205 inside 43 overs.

Victoria were without several of their international stars. Designated captain Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry, Tayla Vlaeminck, Sophie Molineux, Molly Strano and Georgia Wareham missed the final because of their involvement in the series in New Zealand that begins on Sunday. Queensland, who were runners-up on five previous occasions, were without Beth Mooney and Jess Jonassen.



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County cricket 2021 – Kyle Jamieson signs for Surrey on short-term deal

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Fast bowler will head to Kia Oval at conclusion of the World Test Championship final

Kyle Jamieson, the New Zealand fast bowler, has signed a short-term deal for Surrey across formats, and will link up with the club at the conclusion of the World Test Championship final against India later this month.

Jamieson, who has been rested from the ongoing second Test against England after claiming three wickets in the opening match at Lord’s, will be available for the Vitality Blast London Derby against Middlesex at The Kia Oval on June 25, and will remain with the squad until their final group game in mid-July.

In that period, he will also be available for Surrey’s final two group games in the LV= Insurance County Championship, against Hampshire at The Ageas Bowl from July 4-7 and against Somerset at The Oval from July 11-14. This will be his first time playing in English domestic cricket.

“I’m really excited to get the chance to play some county cricket after the Black Caps tour,” Jamieson said. “Originally I didn’t think this opportunity would be possible with the schedule this year, but with how things have unfolded it’s great to be able to join Surrey and experience both T20 and first-class cricket.

“Playing county cricket is something I’ve always wanted to do in my career, so to have the chance to do so now is awesome. I’ve heard a lot of great things about county cricket, particularly T20 Blast nights at The Kia Oval, and can’t wait to take up the opportunity with Surrey to continue to learn and grow whilst trying my best to contribute to the teams’ success.”



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The Hundred 2021 – David Warner, Marcus Stoinis and Sophie Devine pull out of the Hundred

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ECB bracing for further withdrawals amid clashes with international tours and restrictions on overseas travel

David Warner, Marcus Stoinis and Sophie Devine have pulled out of the inaugural season of the Hundred, with the ECB bracing for further withdrawals amid clashes with international tours and restrictions on overseas travel.

Warner and Stoinis were both contracted by the Southern Brave on deals worth £100,000 and £80,000 respectively, but have opted to withdraw from the competition. Both players have been named in Australia’s preliminary squad for white-ball tours to the Caribbean and Bangladesh, which overlap with the Hundred’s window from July 21-August 21, but are expected to withdraw in order to spend time with their families.

Trevor Hohns, Australia’s national selector, added six players to the preliminary squad for those tours following discussions with those initially named. “During the course of those discussions, it has become clear that recent experiences abroad, including but not limited to extended periods in bio-secure hubs and hard quarantine, have had an impact on the health and wellbeing of some players and their families,” he said.

“CA has maintained that the wellbeing of players, staff and officials is a top priority, and never more so than during the Covid-19 pandemic given the extraordinary challenges it has placed upon international athletes and sporting teams.”

“It is obviously disappointing to lose players with the ability of David and Marcus, but the realities of Covid mean there are practicalities that are difficult for some overseas players to overcome,” the ECB said in a statement to ESPNcricinfo. “Replacement overseas players will be signed by Southern Brave, and we look forward to the Hundred showcasing world-class cricket this summer.”



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Recent Match Report – West Indies vs South Africa 1st Test 2021

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Teenager Jayden Seales, who has only one first-class match to his name, got his first Test cap for West Indies

West Indies chose to bat vs South Africa

South Africa’s four-pace-and-solo-spin attack will get first use of the St Lucia surface after Kraigg Brathwaite decided to bat first in the two teams’ first meeting in the Caribbean for 11 years. South Africa last toured West Indies in 2010 and none of the current squad were part of that group of players. That means all XI visitors will be making their first Test appearance on the islands.
It’s also a first for Dean Elgar, who takes charge of South Africa in whites, after being appointed captain in the winter break. Elgar has led South Africa once before, when Faf du Plessis was on paternity leave, at Lord’s in 2017. du Plessis is also no longer part of the team and retired earlier this year, making way for Keegan Petersen, a top-order batter from Durban via Bloemfontein and Paarl. Petersen’s first cap was planned ahead of the series but South Africa also had to make a last-minute adjustment to their XI after vice-captain Temba Bavuma was ruled out of the match with a hip injury. Kyle Verreynne was given an opportunity in his place.
West Indies also have a newcomer in their team. Teenager Jayden Seales, who has only one first-class match to his name, has been included in an attack that contains Kemar Roach and Jason Holder but not Alzarri Joseph. West Indies opted for two spinners in Roston Chase and Rakheem Cornwall. In the line-up, Shai Hope has been recalled after last playing in July last year against England and will open the batting with his captain Brathwaite. That left no space for Kieran Powell, who was also back in the squad after a period of time on the sidelines.

West Indies: 1 Kraigg Brathwaite (capt), 2 Shai Hope, 3 Nkrumah Bonner, 4 Kyle Mayers, 5 Jermanine Blackwood, 6 Joshua da Silva (wk), 7 Jason Holder, 8 Roston Chase, 9 Rakheem Cornwall, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Jayden Seales

South Africa: 1 Dean Elgar (capt), 2 Aiden Markram, 3 Keegan Petersen, 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 Kyle Verreynne, 6 Quinton de Kock (wk), 7 Wiaan Mulder, 8 Keshav Maharaj 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Lungi Ngidi

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent



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