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Women’s Varsity match set for full Lord’s debut after universities reach agreement

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Campaigners achieve aim of gender equality with commitment to T20 double-header

The women’s Varsity match looks certain to be played on the main square at Lord’s for the first time following pressure on Marylebone Cricket Club and the universities’ cricket clubs.

While the men’s Varsity match has, in one form or another, been played at Lord’s for almost 200 years, the women’s match has never progressed beyond the Nursery ground.

From 2022, however, all that is set to change. After a campaign launched by former Oxford captain, Vanessa Picker, MCC and the cricket clubs of both Oxford and Cambridge universities have committed to ensuring gender parity in future Varsity fixtures. That means that, from next year, the matches will be scheduled as a T20 double-header on the same day at Lord’s.

The news represents a significant victory for Picker and the Stump Out Sexism (SOS) campaign she co-founded.

A statement released by Cambridge University Cricket Club (CUCC) said: “CUCC is pleased that MCC has publicly agreed to host both women’s and men’s Varsity matches on the main square at Lord’s in 2022. CUCC confirms that it will in future ensure that both teams have equal opportunities at Lord’s, and will deliver specific proposals for the format of next year’s Varsity day (in liaison with OUCC and MCC) by the end of September.”

Claire Taylor, the former England batter and current vice-chair of Oxford University Cricket Club, also welcomed the news.

“It has always been our intention to explore the possibility of a double header at Lord’s, but it was a question of when; ensuring that any change in format would be sustainable,” Taylor said. “Playing a men’s and women’s double-header on the main ground at Lord’s in 2022 will be an exciting prospect for all involved and a real opportunity to celebrate varsity cricket. We thank MCC for the opportunity.”



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BBL 2021-2022 – Perch Scorchers sign Peter Hatzoglou for two years | Cricket

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Peter Hatzoglou was the leading wicket-taker for the Melbourne Renegades last BBL © Getty Images


Peter Hatzoglou, who starred for the Melbourne Renegades in the 2020-21 Big Bash League (BBL) season, has signed a two-year contract with the Perch Scorchers.

The tall legspinner was the Renegades’ highest-wicket taker with 17 scalps from 12 innings and was the tenth highest overall in the competition’s last edition. After being signed as a replacement player a week before the tournament began, Hatzoglou provided a silver lining for the Renegades in an otherwise disappointing season, in which they finished last on the points table.

The Scorchers’ head coach Adam Voges said that he expected that when Hatzoglou teams up with left-arm spinner Ashton Agar, they would be a “strong spin duo”.

“Peter quickly became a crowd favourite in the Big Bash last year and I’m sure the Scorchers members and fans will love watching him,” Vogues said in a statement. “He gives us the flexibility to bowl spin at different times throughout the innings and will combine with Ash Agar to make a strong spin duo.”

Vogues also confirmed that legpinner Fawad Ahmed will be leaving the Scorchers after two seasons with the side. Last season, Ahmed was the Scorchers’ fourth-highest wicket-taker with 15 wickets from 16 innings.

“Sadly, we say goodbye to Fawad who’s been a huge asset to our team over the past two seasons. On behalf of the team and the club, we want to thank Fawad for his time at the Scorchers and wish him all the best in the future,” Vogues said.

The next edition of the BBL will commence on December 5 and run till January 28, 2022.

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Mens Hundred Alex Hales serves a timely reminder of his white-ball credentials

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“Every tournament I play is always a chance for me to keep reminding people I’m still an international quality player”

Alex Hales admitted that the buzz around the ground on a remarkable night of Hundred action at Trent Bridge was reminiscent of his England days, after his tortoise-and-hare innings of 40 not out from 34 balls sealed an extraordinary two-wicket win for Trent Rockets against Northern Superchargers, while serving a reminder of his enduring white-ball credentials.

Chasing 133 for victory, Hales had ground along to 16 from 25 balls when his former England team-mate Ben Stokes dropped a six over the boundary at long-off to reignite a flat-lining run-chase. And, with the momentum suddenly in his favour, Hales did not look back, striking a four and two further sixes from his final eight deliveries to romp to victory with six balls to spare.

“It was a really scrappy, ugly win,” Hales said afterwards. “I guess that’s a sign of a good team because we had our backs to the wall a lot throughout that game and we still managed to come out on top.



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Kurtis Patterson hopes New South Wales captaincy aids batting revival

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He felt something click in the Sheffield Shield final and hopes to build on that this season

Kurtis Patterson hopes having the New South Wales captaincy to focus on will help free up his batting as he searches for a return to the form that earned him two Test caps three seasons ago.
Since playing for Australia, and scoring a maiden century in his second outing against Sri Lanka, Patterson has endured a frustrating couple of seasons, first through injury which disrupted the 2019-2020 campaign then a struggle for runs last year as he averaged just 21.29 in the Sheffield Shield.

He admitted considering whether it was the right time take over the Sheffield Shield captaincy from Peter Nevill amid looking for a batting revival but having had a taste of the role at the end of last season it he believes having other areas of responsibility will be an advantage.

“I guess being able to do it last year doing for the one-day final and the last couple of Shield games was good for me to see how I reacted and how I thought with it,” he said. “To be honest with you, half of my battle with my batting is getting myself out of my own head, so the captaincy does that naturally because you can’t just think about yourself you have to think about the rest of the team.



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