Australia records confidence-boosting victory over England in ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 warm-up match
NSW surprises the West Indies by two wickets
Opener Alex Blackwell struck an unbeaten 91 as Australia recorded a morale and confidence-boosting victory over old rivals England by 25 runs in an ICC Cricket World Cup 2009 warm-up match at Village Green on Monday.
Blackwell was flawless as she struck five fours in a 112-ball knock that steered the reigning champion to 214-8 in 50 overs. In reply, England was bowled out for 189 with 24 balls to spare after being 152-4 at one stage.
Blackwell received good support from Leah Poulton (24) with whom she put on 40 runs for the fifth wicket, the highest partnership of Australia’s innings. Lauren Ebsary chipped in with a quickfire 18 while Rene Farrell hit a rapid 15 not out.
England, in its target-chase, was cruising nicely at 152-4 before Erin Osbourne (2-31) and Shelley Nitschke (2-31) got their acts together and picked up vital wickets as the Ashes winner lost its last six wickets for 37 runs to be bowled out for 189.
England captain Charlotte Edwards was as elegant as ever while hitting seven fours in her 93-ball 72 while Claire Taylor also showed signs of good form while belting six fours in a 47-ball 35. Lydia Greenway contributed 23 runs and added 65 runs for the fourth wicket with her captain.
Reflecting on today’s victory, Australia captain Karen Rolton said: “It was good to get out there today since we haven’t played for a couple of weeks. We’ve spent the past week in camp training so to have a hit out against some high quality opposition and test ourselves will help us a lot.
“The result doesn’t matter too much but we’re always happy to win, especially against a team like England who are one of the favourites for the World Cup.
“There are a few things that we need to work on though. I thought England was able to build some good partnerships in their innings which was something we couldn’t do with our batting.”
In an another warm-up match at Old Kings, New South Wales defeated the West Indies by two wickets.
West Indies, batting first after winning the toss, recovered from a precarious 75-8 to be all out for 145 in 48.4 overs. Number-10 batter Afy Fletcher top scored with 36 not out from 80 balls while last batter Anisa Mohammed scored 10 and helped Fletcher add 42 runs for the last wicket.
The other notable run-getter was opener Stafanie Taylor who clubbed five fours in her 38-ball 32.
NSW achieved the 146-run target but not before it was made to sweat by a late West Indies fight back, winning with six balls and two wickets to spare.
After slipping to 94-7 which soon became 111-8, NSW was rescued by an unbroken 34-run ninth wicket stand between Alison Parkin (19 not out) and Sharon Millanta (20 not out).
For the West Indies, Anisa Mohammed, Shakera Selman and vice-captain Kirbyina Alexander picked up two wickets each.
Scores in brief:
At Old Kings: West Indies 145 all out, 48.4 overs (Afy Fletcher 36 not out, Stafanie Taylor 32; Corinne Hall 3-9, Sarah Aley 3-34, Angela Reakes 2-22)
New South Wales 146-8, 49 overs (Sarah Aley 28, Kate Blackwell 24, Sharon Millanta 20 not out; Anisa Mohammed 2-21, Shakera Selman 2-20, Kirbyina Alexander 2-38)
New South Wales beat West Indies by three wickets
At Village Green: Australia: 214-8, 50 overs (Alex Blackwell 91 not out, Leah Poulton 24)
England: 189, 46 overs (Charlotte Edwards 72, Claire Taylor 35, Lydia Greenway 23; Erin Osborne 2-31, Shelley Nitschke 2-31)
Australia beat England by 25 runs
Warm-up fixtures for Tuesday 3 March:
New Zealand v Pakistan, Manly
Sri Lanka v NWS, Old Kings
India v South Africa, Raby 1
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