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NZ-Women vs Aus-Women – 2nd T20I – Beth Mooney

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Australia’s bowlers almost turned the game around but New Zealand’s lower order came through

Beth Mooney believed Australia’s bowlers could close out the second T20I in Napier, but conceded the visitors had been under par with the bat on a surface where they were not able to significantly accelerate.

Despite only having 129 on the board, Australia had squeezed the chase after the fall of Frankie Mackay to the extent that New Zealand needed 21 off the last two overs which they were able to achieve through Maddy Green and Hannah Rowe, the last ball being edged to fine leg.

“I’d back our bowlers to defend 21 off 12, but Hannah Rowe and Maddy Green were outstanding,” Mooney said. “When you need three of the last ball, it can go anywhere.”

Australia’s innings included nine fours and a six, while the home side managed 13 fours and two sixes. Mooney batted through the first innings for 61* off 54 balls, but Rachael Haynes scored 11 off her first 16 deliveries before lifting herself above a run-a-ball.



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SL vs Ind, 3rd ODI, 2021

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Sri Lanka captain also hopes their fast-bowling reserves will improve in the future

For many fans watching on, let alone the players, the manner of Sri Lanka’s defeat in the second ODI was particularly tough to take. Amid one of the worst streaks in the country’s cricketing history, the opportunity to get one over an old enemy – even if their first choice XI was halfway across the world – would have been as good a salve as any. But, Deepak Chahar had other ideas.
So, it’s now down to Dasun Shanaka – Sri Lanka’s 10th captain in four years – to rally his troops, go again and avoid a whitewash. While the Super League points up for grabs will no doubt be a motivating factor, it’s clear what this Sri Lankan team needs right now is simply a win.

“If we had won that last game, it would have been a big boost going into this game,” Shanaka said. “But I have a lot of belief that this young team can start winning soon.



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Recent Match Report – Yorkshire vs Surrey 2021

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Yorkshire stumble to 165 all out after being inserted on bouncy surface

Surrey 168 for 5 (Stoneman 73*, Pillan’s 4-57) beat Yorkshire 165 (Atkinson 4-43) by five wickets

Gus Atkinson‘s four-wicket List A debut helped Surrey make a winning start to their Royal London Cup campaign as they eased past Yorkshire by five wickets at Scarborough.

Atkinson, 23, prospered with the new ball on a fast and bouncy North Marine Road pitch, claiming 4 for 43 to bowl the Vikings out for 165 in only 35 overs.

Hashim Amla elected to bowl at the start of this Group B fixture, and the South African batting great later went beyond 10,000 career runs in this format with 29 to begin a successful chase. But Mark Stoneman played the match-clinching innings, an unbeaten 73 off 110 balls, having only just returned to Surrey following a four-game T20 loan spell with Yorkshire.

Stoneman and co survived 4 for 57 for South African overseas quick Mat Pillans, who moved from Surrey to Yorkshire in late 2018.

This fixture included eight players – four on each side – making their List A debuts.

Atkinson made the initial breakthrough by bowling Will Fraine in the second over before getting George Hill caught at square leg and Jonny Tattersall caught behind as the hosts slipped to 40 for 4 in the 10th.

Matthew Revis, another List A debutant, top-scored for Yorkshire with 43 off as many balls, while Gary Ballance made 39. They shared 81 inside 13 overs for the fifth wicket. But wickets fell quickly once more.

The Vikings tumbled from 121 for 4 in the 22nd, losing their last six for 44 as most of the damage was done from the Trafalgar Square End.

Opener Harry Duke, Hill, Ballance and Pillans were all undone by extra bounce, while Revis and Dom Bess will reflect on loose dismissals.

This certainly wasn’t the way Yorkshire captain Bess would have wanted to celebrate his 24th birthday, with him skewing Dan Moriarty’s left-arm spin to long-off.

Hill and Pillans fell caught off top-edged pulls against Atkinson, the latter courtesy of a stunning diving catch on the run towards backward square-leg from wicketkeeper Jamie Smith. Ballance fended a short ball from Conor McKerr to gully, sparking the clatter of wickets.

Amla and opening partner Stoneman then steadily shared 59 inside the first 13 overs of the chase. Stoneman hit two fours and slog-swept Bess for six as 14 came off the 12th, only for Pillans to claim two wickets in three balls in the 13th. He had Amla caught at wide mid-on pulling before bowling Ben Geddes, leaving Surrey 59 for 2.

That forced Stoneman back into his shell, but he shared an important 54 with Smith. Pillans then struck twice in an over again, getting Smith caught at midwicket for 25 and Ryan Patel superbly caught one-handed in the gully by Tattersall – 116 for 4 in the 29th.

Bess also bowled debutant Nico Reifer for an eye-catching 26, but Surrey’s victory was secured with 10.5 overs remaining.



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Recent Match Report – Hampshire vs Essex 2021

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Tom Westley top-scores as Hampshire are out-muscled in campaign opener

Essex 275 for 7 (Westley 69) beat Hampshire 273 (Gubbins 62, Weatherley 54) by three wickets

Ice-cool spin duo Simon Harmer and Aron Nijjar batted Essex to a comfortable three-wicket Royal London Cup win over Hampshire at a sun-soaked Ageas Bowl.

The pair, who earlier took five wickets between them to dismiss the Hawks for an under-par 273, put on 54 for the eighth wicket to get their side over the line with more than five overs to spare.

Former England batsman Tom Westley laid the foundations for the win with a classy 69, but the Hawks’ attack struck regularly after batsmen had got decent starts with the visitors looking in real trouble at 221 for 7.

However, Harmer and Nijjar batted responsibly on a placid pitch to finish unbeaten on 32 and 27 respectively.

Essex won the toss and elected to field and Hampshire quickly found themselves on the back foot when Tom Prest played all around a Steve Snater delivery to be bowled for a second-ball duck.

Felix Organ and Nick Gubbins put on 49 for the second wicket before Organ was caught by Harmer off Jamie Porter for 27.

In-fom Gubbins and Joe Weatherley looked in good touch in a stand of 92 but Snater struck again to break up the promising partnership when the on-loan Middlesex man mistimed a pull-shot and was caught by Adam Wheater for 62.

Essex struck twice in quick succession when Ian Holland was caught and bowled by Nijjar for seven and Weatherley fell for 54 when Harmer found the edge behind to Wheater.

James Fuller and Lewis McManus put on a quickfire 65 from 36 balls with one Paul Walter over being smashed for for 24, but once again Essex broke the partnership before any major damage could be inflicted when veteran Ryan ten Doeschate trapped Fuller lbw for 27 and reduced Hampshire to 224 for 6 with 11 overs remaining.

Any hopes of an explosive finish to the innings evaporated when McManus departed for 50 and Essex ran through Hampshire’s lower order to wrap up the innings with four balls to spare with Snater and Harmer taking three wickets apiece.

Hampshire got off to a perfect start with the ball as Essex slumped to 8 for 2 after Kyle Abbott trapped Will Buttleman lbw, before 20-year-old debutante John Turner grabbed the wicket of Alastair Cook for four.

Westley and young right-hander MIchael Pepper steadied the ship before Scott Currie bowled Pepper for an impressive run-a-ball 34.
Westley looked in imperious touch, stroking 12 fours, but his pleasing innings was ended when he mistimed a cover-drive off Felix Organ and caught by Weatherley.

Walter, ten Doeschate and Wheater fell for 35, 28 and 25 respectively as the Hawks continued to make inroads, before Hamer and Nijjar held firm.



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