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Recent Match Report – Victoria vs NSW 7th Match 2021/22

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The allrounder bagged 6 for 38 as Victoria were bowled out for 199

New South Wales 2 for 43 trail Victoria 199 (Maddinson 87, Abbott 6-38) by 156 runs

Sean Abbott pressed his case for a place in Australia’s Ashes squad with a six-wicket haul and 19-year-old legspinner Tanveer Sangha enjoyed an impressive debut as New South Wales took control on the opening day against Victoria.

It has been a long wait for both these teams to get their season underway after numerous attempts were thwarted by border closures. Abbott wasted no time in making an impression with four wickets in the first session before Sangha, who has been part of Australia’s T20I squad this year, shone in the middle of the day.

Abbott was part of the Australia bubble last season and is likely to be included in the enlarged squad this season especially after the retirement of James Pattinson. However, he told the Age and Sydney Morning Herald that he would leave the squad to be at the birth of his first child due at Christmas.

“It’s an Ashes summer and I was in the Test tour to South Africa that didn’t happen and the one here against India as well so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thinking about it,” Abbott said after play. “I’ll be honest I was very nervous today, didn’t quite know where the first ball was going to go, but a few of us mentioned that we were quite nervous this morning having to wait so long to play some cricket.”

Nic Maddinson was the mainstay for Victoria before he was last-man out for 87 after managing to add 53 for the last two wickets.

Abbott, who has been working to put on some pace pre-season, had got the better of the mini Test battle with Marcus Harris when the left hander was caught behind in the sixth over. Close to lunch he then cleaned up Peter Handscomb and made it clearly New South Wales’ session when James Seymour, who had fought hard for two hours, was trapped in front.

Abbott’s fourth came shortly after the break when Matt Short edged to slip before the innings was rebuilt by a 62-run stand between Maddinson and Jonathan Merlo.

Then Sangha was introduced on a pitch offering turn and bounce and only had to wait until his third over to strike as he lured Merlo out of his crease, found the edge as the batter tried to adjust with Peter Nevill taking a sharp catch.

Sangha’s second was another excellent delivery as he found Sam Harper’s edge with a leg-break and shortly before tea he had Mitch Perry caught at bat-pad with Victoria losing 4 for 20.

Senior spinner Nathan Lyon claimed one wicket in his 22 overs and was briefly taken to by Maddinson who sent him for two sixes. Maddinson also latched on to Sangha as he cut loose with the last two wickets for company but the return of Abbott wrapped up the innings.

Victoria were able to make inroads in the final 18 overs when Scott Boland removed Daniel Hughes, who played across a delivery from round the wicket, and Matthew Gilkes gave it away in the last over of the day with a wild drive against Short’s offspin.

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo



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WBBL 2021 – Prolific Beth Mooney-Sophie Devine pairing shapes as key to WBBL final

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Adelaide Strikers will back their impressive bowling attack to make their mark again

Perth Scorchers import Sophie Devine is ready to carry Beth Mooney off the ground if her fellow star opener can put in one more heroic display in Saturday’s WBBL final against the Adelaide Strikers.

Devine and Mooney have formed the best opening partnership in the WBBL, with the duo both named in the team of the season.

National team mainstay Mooney has plundered a league-leading 528 runs at an average of 52.80 and a strike rate of 132 for the Scorchers this season, while New Zealander Devine has scored 407 runs at an average of 33.92.

The duo loom as key figures against a powerful Strikers’ bowling attack that has strangled the Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades in back-to-back elimination final wins.

A top of 36 degrees is forecast for Perth on Saturday, but Devine is confident Mooney will be able to handle both the heat and the Strikers’ attack.

“She’s an absolute machine,” Devine said. “It probably doesn’t look like it at times in the past. I think I was watching replays of her in the Heat colours – she was crawling pretty much in between overs.

“But she’s an absolute champion. She’s done this time and time again – not just in Australian colours, but for the Scorchers and for the Heat as well. I’ve got no doubt about her preparation. She’s the ultimate professional, she knows what she needs to do.

“Fingers crossed she has a big one out there. If I have to carry her off, so be it, I’ll take that.”

Strikers captain Tahlia McGrath was straight to the point when asked about the key to beating the Scorchers.

“For us it’s about breaking the partnership of Soph and Moons really early. That’s going to be a crucial decider in the game,” she said.

While the Scorchers earned direct passage into the final after finishing on top of the table, the fourth-placed Strikers had to win two elimination games in the space of two days to get there.

Adelaide thrashed the Heat on Wednesday and destroyed the Renegades on Thursday before making the flight to Perth on Friday. McGrath is adamant her team won’t enter the decider weary.

“Everyone was full of energy at the airport this morning,” McGrath said. “There’s a lot of belief, there’s a lot of fight in the group. It’s a dream group to captain when everyone knows their role and performs. We’ve definitely got one more left in us.”

The Scorchers are hopeful of attracting a crowd in excess of 42,000 for the match at Optus Stadium.



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Recent Match Report – South Africa vs Netherlands 1st ODI 2021/22

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Visitors make three changes from the last ODI they played; hosts recall Wayne Parnell, Kyle Verreynne and Khaya Zondo

Toss Netherlands chose to bowl vs South Africa

Zubayr Hamza and Sisanda Magala were handed their ODI caps as South Africa fielded a new-look side for their opening ODI against Netherlands. There were recalls for Kolpak-returnee Wayne Parnell, wicketkeeper-batter Kyle Verreynne and middle-order batter Khaya Zondo. David Miller turned out to be the most experienced player in the team after South Africa chose to rest six regulars, including captain Temba Bavuma, for this series.
Netherlands made three changes from the last ODI they played, against Ireland in June. Batter Colin Ackermann, allrounder Roelof van der Merwe and quick Brandon Glover, all of whom were born in South Africa, came into the side for Musa Ahmed, Ben Cooper and Logan van Beek, respectively. Neither Cooper nor van Beek are part of the touring party. The other South Africa-born player in the Netherlands’ XI is opening batter Stephan Myburgh, who will partner Max O’Dowd at the top of the order.

The fixture marks the start of South Africa’s home summer, which has been thrown into doubt after a new Covid-19 variant was discovered by scientists in the country this week. Travel restrictions from several countries – including the UK and Singapore – have come into immediate effect, and the Dutch administrators will be meeting with Cricket South Africa today to decide the fate of the rest of the series.

The match also begins a new era in anti-racism demonstrations for South Africa. CSA confirmed that the team will take a knee throughout the summer after being instructed to do so at the T20 World Cup.

South Africa: 1 Janneman Malan, 2 Reeza Hendricks, 3 Zubayr Hamza, 4 Kyle Verreynne (wk), 5 David Miller, 6 Khaya Zondo, 7 Wayne Parnell, 8 Andile Phehlukwayo, 9 Keshav Maharaj (capt), 10 Sisanda Magala, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi

Netherlands: 1 Max O’Dowd, 2 Stephan Myburgh, 3 Scott Edwards (wk), 4 Colin Ackermann, 5 Bas de Leede, 6 Pieter Seelaar, 7 Roelof van der Merwe, 8 Timm der Gugten, 9 Fred Klaasen, 10 Vivian Kingma, 11 Brandon Glover

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s South Africa correspondent



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Sheffield Shield 2021-22 – Usman Khawaja at ease in Test race with Travis Head

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The two left handers are in the running to bat No. 5 against England

Khawaja and Head are bidding for the vacant No. 5 batting berth in Australia’s team for the first Test against England starting on December 8. The state captains squared off in a Sheffield Shield match in Adelaide in their last first-class audition before the Ashes.

Queensland’s Khawaja scored 4 and South Australian skipper Head 8 in their first innings. Head then scored a second-innings 101 before Khawaja slammed a 52 not out from just 36 balls to secure the Bulls an eight-wicket win.

Khawaja shunned the billing of the Shield fixture as a shootout between the members of Australia’s 15-man squad for the first Ashes Test.

“I’m going to be 100 percent honest with you, it’s not even on my mind right now,” Khawaja said. “I’m honestly just trying to win games for Queensland and whatever will be, will be.

“Heady deserves it as much as I do. I’m really good mates with him. I have got no issues with whatever happens.”

Khawaja and Head have both scored two Shield tons this season, with the former also posting two half-centuries and Head scoring one. The 34-year-old Khawaja, whose last Test was in August 2019, said his mind was at ease when, in the past, he would have been anxious about possible Test selection.

“I wasn’t always mellow,” he said. “This is experience…I have just come to realise after a long time of a lot of work with myself and my mind and just learning about myself, it [being anxious] just doesn’t help.

“The best time I play is when I am relaxed. And, to be honest I have got a lot of things in life that I am very grateful for and those are the things now that I focus on.

“Because I know within the cricket bubble how much it can get you and that is how I used to be – it has taken years and years of practice to not be that way.”



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