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Recent Match Report – AUS Women vs NZ Women 2nd T20I 2020/21

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Maddy Green and Hannah Rowe scored 29 off the last three overs after Megan Schutt had put Australia in sight of victory

New Zealand 131 for 6 (Mackay 46, Schutt 2-24) beat Australia 129 for 4 (Mooney 61*, Mackay 2-20) by four wickets

Without their captain, with another player barely able to move and a chase having seemingly slipped away, New Zealand levelled the T20I series in the second game in Napier when a final-ball bottom edge from Maddy Green reached the boundary to set up a decider in Auckland.

Sophie Devine had been ruled out of the game in the morning having woken up ill but Frankie Mackay, her replacement at the top of the order, battled through a calf injury that became progressively worse to complete a Player-of-the-Match all-round performance with her 46 off 39 balls following figures of 2 for 20 which helped restrict an underpowered Australia batting performance.

Still, it appeared Australia would again find a way to win when Megan Schutt took two wickets in two balls, including the vital wicket of Amelia Kerr, but Green and Hannah Rowe managed to score the 29 needed off the last three overs in a performance that will do much for a team that has struggled this season.

Mooney anchors, no one cuts loose
New Zealand were excellent with the ball and in the field, with Thamsyn Newton, who replaced Devine, being particularly dynamic in the outfield. But it was a curious batting performance from Australia who never cut loose despite having plenty of wickets in hand. Alyssa Healy had not got going when she skied Jess Kerr, but Beth Mooney and Meg Lanning had laid a platform. Rachael Haynes came in at No. 4 ahead of Ash Gardner with the third-wicket stand ending up being worth 49 at barely more than a run-a-ball. When the 17th over went for 11, it looked like there could be a late push, but the last three overs would go for just 20 – with the last two not bringing a single boundary.

Beware the limping Mackay
Mackay had come into the game with a tweak to her calf but managed to open the bowling as well as the batting. With the former, she went at just five an over, claiming two deserved wickets in her last over to quell any acceleration from Australia, but the injury worsened as her innings went on. However, that turned out to be a blessing in disguise for New Zealand as it meant she swung hard for the rope and struck the first sixes of her international career – the second of them into the stand over deep-midwicket. It helped keep the asking rate within reach for New Zealand and though she fell the ball after the second six, she had done her role perfectly.

Brown’s lively debut
Eighteen-year-old fast bowler Darcie Brown was handed her debut as Australia rested Tayla Vlaeminck as part of her workload management. It was an impressive start as her first two overs cost just five runs as she was given three overs in a row during the powerplay by Lanning. When she returned in the 12th over, Mackay and Amelia Kerr used her extra pace – which touched 122kph – to their advantage to find the boundary. But from her last delivery, Brown claimed her first wicket when Mooney held a sharp, juggled catch at point. A short while later, it appeared Australia had made use of that opening.

New Zealand edge it
After Brown struck, the next three overs from Jess Jonassen and Georgia Wareham went for just 11 runs as Australia applied significant pressure. Katey Martin could only manage 5 from 12 before skying to mid-on before it appeared that Schutt had swung the game the visitor’s way when Brooke Halliday and Amelia Kerr fell off the last two deliveries off the 17th over. But firstly Green and then – perhaps more unexpectedly – Rowe found boundaries in the 18th and 19th overs with Schutt’s last over going for 12 runs, which left nine needed from six balls. A perfectly-placed drive for four from Green took the pressure off, but then Nicola Carey – preferred over Ellyse Perry for the final over – went for just two off the next four deliveries. With another three runs needed off the last ball – or two for a Super Over – Green swung across the line and the bottom edge flew past leg stump.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Recent Match Report – Supercharger vs Invincibles 13th Match 2021

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Allrounder anchors innings before contributing to tigerish defence of low total

Northern Superchargers 109 for 8 (Davidson-Richards 42) beat Oval Invincibles 105 for 4 by four runs

Alice Davidson-Richards helped the Northern Superchargers maintain their winning start to the women’s Hundred with a tigerish defence of 109 in a thriller against Oval Invincibles at Emerald Headingley.

Their 109 for 8 looked below par despite a sluggish pitch, with Davidson-Richards top-scoring with 42 off 30 balls having been inserted.

She was then brilliant in returning 2 for 17 from 20 balls with her pace-off seamers, defending 10 off the last five as the visitors finished on 105 for 4.

A bowler-dominated game went the hosts’ way as they made it three wins from four and consigned the Invincibles to their first defeat in three.

The Invincibles only really fell behind during the second half of their chase, and Mady Villiers failed to hit the last ball for six as the Superchargers went top of the table.

Alice Capsey, aged 16, bowled her offspinners for the first time in the competition and returned two for nine from 20 balls, having opened the bowling for the visitors.

The more recognised offspin of Villiers and seam of Grace Gibbs and Tash Farrant also contributed two wickets apiece for the Invincibles.

The Superchargers slipped to 78 for 6 after 75 balls, though Davidson-Richards recovered with five fours.There were no wides or no-balls bowled by the Invincibles.



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Cricket South Africa – CSA dismisses former acting CEO Kugandrie Govender

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The new board has advertised the CEO’s position, with applications due to close on July 31

Cricket South Africa’s former acting CEO Kugandrie Govender has been dismissed with immediate effect, bringing an end to the disciplinary matters that have stretched back to December 2019. Govender was suspended in December 2020, four months after former CEO Thabang Moroe was fired over allegations of misconduct.

Specifically, Govender was under scrutiny for the role she played in revoking the accreditation of journalists in December 2019, for breaches of the Companies’ Act, and her part in the dismissal of the former head of sales and sponsorships Clive Eksteen, whose sacking was ruled unfair. She was found guilty after a lengthy process which has lasted more than seven months.

“The Chairperson of the Disciplinary Tribunal, Advocate Terry Motau SC, imposed a sanction of immediate dismissal, having regard inter alia to the seriousness of Ms Govender’s misconduct, the breach of trust and including the fact that a continued working relationship between Ms Govender and CSA would no longer be possible,” a CSA statement read.



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Eng vs Ind 2021 – Jack Leach admits ‘frustration’ over England omission for New Zealand Tests

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Spinner looking for “as many games as possible” having not played home Test since 2019

Jack Leach has spoken of his frustrations at being left out of the Test side against New Zealand earlier in the summer, as well as a bit-part role in the England set-up that has only seem him play five home Tests since his debut during the winter of 2017-18.

England were beaten 1-0 by New Zealand – their first Test series defeat at home since 2014 – after relying on a four-seamer attack supported by Joe Root’s part-time offspin. With England’s main seam-bowling allrounder options, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran, either injured or not considered for selection after returning from the IPL, the question of how to balance the side at Lord’s and Edgbaston meant Leach sitting out on both occasions.

Having been England’s most-successful bowler over the winter, taking 28 wickets at 31.14 in Sri Lanka and India, he returned to the sidelines back in home conditions. Leach also missed out on selection last summer, with Dom Bess preferred in the spinner’s role, and it is now almost two years since his last Test appearance in England, during the 2019 Ashes.

England’s stated aim under Chris Silverwood, who took over at head coach in 2019, has been to play more of their home cricket on true surfaces, in order to improve performances overseas. But Leach has had little opportunity to practice the holding role that would then enable a more attacking brief later in the game.

“I think I said to Spoons it was frustrating, because I want to be playing as many games as possible at that level,” Leach said. “I guess the thing I’ve struggled with over the past couple of years has been that momentum of playing games, and feeling like you’re learning from those experiences. You can do as much as you want in the nets, but you want to put that into a game situation. There are things you don’t get in the nets that you only get in games.

“That was the frustrating thing. I understood it from a team point of view, in terms of the balance of the team. If it had been three seamers and a spinner, that would have been the first time I’d have played in that balance of team. Even at Somerset we’re playing with four seamers, and even a batter who bowls seam, Tom Abell, or Tom Lammonby, who bowls left-arm seam. My experience hasn’t been in that balance of team, so having not done that before, it would have been a huge challenge which I’d have loved to do, but I understand why they want four seamers, especially in England.



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