Thursday, 24 August 2017

KSL Match Notes - Games 11 & 12

Match Eleven & Twelve
Thunder v Vipers 

Stars v Storm

Thunder v Vipers
* A chance for the Vipers so secure their place at Finals Day against lowly Thunder, without a win in the competition so far.

* Thunder win the toss and elect to bat

* Not much goes right for them after that

* By the end of the 5th over they are 11/4 and the game has effectively gone - Lamb, Taylor, Satterthwaite & Jones all out - Linsey Smith in the wickets 3/16

* Only Danni Hazell 37 & Kate Cross 19 put up any resistance - Thunder are bowled out off the last ball for 87

* In the chase Vipers slip to 26/3 with even the invincible Suzie Bates out, but Dani Wyatt 46* and Arran Brindle 19 bring it home for the Vipers in less than 15 overs for another bonus point win and a place in Finals Day, but will they finish top?

Stars v Storm
* The Stars too can make it to Finals Day with a win here. They lose the toss and Storm elect to bowl and chase

* First ball and Tammy Beaumont is given out lbw, but from there on its all Stars with ex-Stormer Lizelle Lee at the fore with a brutal 72*. She is supported by Marizanne Kapp (48) and thumping cameo from Nat Sciver with 30 off 18 balls.

* The Stars post a massive 169/6

* The Storm's reply starts well with 12 off Kapp's first over and 14 off the second from Laura Marsh - Storm on track on 26/0

* But two in two in the third over derails the Storm innings and they end up 43/4 at the end of the powerplay with their top order gone - Knight, Wilson, Taylor and Priest.

* Luff joins them back in the hutch and Storm are 47/5

* Good partnership between Lissy Macleod 30 and Georgia Hennessy 28 saves the Storm's blushes, but there is no way back.

* They are bowled out in the last over for 117.

* Its a shoot out now between Storm and Diamonds for the third spot on Finals Day. Both are on 8 points, but Diamonds have a far superior run rate. Storm play Thunder and Diamonds play Vipers. Lightning are waiting in the wings if both slip up and they beat Stars in their last game.


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Aussies name eight players in National Performance Squad

Eight of Australia’s most promising female cricketers have been included in Cricket Australia’s inaugural 2017 Women’s National Performance Squad (NPS).

The squad will spend two weeks at the Bupa National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Brisbane under the watchful eye of former Australian representative Leah Poulton, who was appointed Cricket Australia High Performance Coach earlier this year.

The addition of a women’s National Performance Squad is yet another step in the professionalisation of the women’s game and enables Australia’s most talented young cricketers to compete and learn from their peers in the world class facilities at the Bupa NCC.

The NPS program acknowledges the important step between state and international cricket, and is aimed at giving young athletes the skills they need to perform in a variety of conditions and environments.

2017 Women’s National Performance Squad
Maitlan Brown, ACT
Piepa Cleary, WA
Ash Gardner, SA
Heather Graham, WA
Tahlia McGrath, SA
Sophie Molineux, VIC
Rachel Trenaman, NSW
Belinda Vakarewa, NSW

South Australians Ashleigh Gardner and Tahlia McGrath and New South Wales’ fast-bowler Belinda Vakarewa have already made their international debuts and will benefit from the additional tutelage, while WBBL|01 contracted players Maitlan Brown, Sophie Molineux (Renegades), Piepa Cleary, Heather Graham (Scorchers) and 16-year-old emerging talent Rachael Trenaman complete the squad.

Australian contract players Lauren Cheatle and Amanda-Jade Wellington will also attend the first week of the program as a lead in to the Australian Women’s Team camp the following week.

The program will provide an even mix of training and competition with a strong leadership component, which acknowledges the important role the squad will play in Australian cricket over the years to come.

The squad will also have the opportunity to train alongside and play a series of practice matches against the Australian Women’s team as they prepare for the upcoming Commonwealth Bank Women’s Ashes Series.

Cricket Australia High Performance Coach Leah Poulton said:
“It’s really exciting to be able to facilitate the women's NPS for the first time with a group of players who have been touted as future Australian players,” Poulton said.

“Whilst several players have already taken the step into international cricket, the program is an important step in the elite player pathway and will allow them to further develop 
themselves as athletes on and off the field at the world-class facilities of the Bupa NCC.

“This program is designed to complement the work being done with the players in their respective states and allow them to experience international playing and training environments as well as being exposed to a variety of conditions.”


Monday, 21 August 2017

KSL Match Notes - Games 8, 9 and 10

Match Eight, Nine & Ten
Diamonds v Storm
Lightning v Thunder
Vipers v Stars

20th August 2017

Diamonds v Storm
* Diamonds post 160/7 with Lauren Winfield top scoring with 58 (44 balls) and Sophie Devine bludgeoning 41 off 21 balls

* But Rachel Priest 106* off 65 balls and Heather Knight 48* (38), knock off the runs in 17 overs without losing a wicket. 

* It was a great batting track and a short boundary to cow corner on one side, but once Priest got going there was no stopping her. 

* Both batsman had their bits of luck with skied balls not going to hand, but having been only 38/0 at the end of the powerplay money was on Diamonds. 

* After an iffy start Priest built the momentum and it was the 19 taken off her fellow countryman Devine's 10th over that propelled Storm towards victory. Priest hit 14 4s and three 6s. The next over went for 11 and the 12th, bowled by Atapattu for 22. It left just 48 needed from six overs.

Link to full scorecard

Lightning v Thunder
* Lightning posted 140/5 thanks to 78* from Ellyse Perry, but Thunder could not string any major partnerships together apart from Eve Jones (17) and Amy Satterthwaite (21), who managed 30 for the third wicket, but that took nearly six overs - Thunder were 44/3 when Satterthwaite departed in 10th over.

* After that wickets just tumbled every few runs until Thunder were 90 all out in the 18th over.

* A bonus point win for Lightning by 50 runs

Link to full scorecard

Vipers v Stars
* Lizelle Lee hit 40 (24 balls) of the Stars first 47 runs before she was dismissed, after which the Stars struggled. Marizanne Kapp hit a measured 42 off 48 balls to take them to 127/8 after their 20 overs.

* Suzie Bates 50* and Hayley Matthews 15* made a steady start to the Viper's reply, but when Arran Brindle (19) was the fourth Viper to fall with the score on 78, the Vipers' wheels fell off. They fell to 79/7 at the end of the 15th over.

* As the rain fell they managed 16 off the 16th over, but only two more balls were possible before the rain won. It left Vipers 4 runs short under the D/L method

Link to full scorecard

Friday, 18 August 2017

KSL Match Notes - Lightning v Diamonds

Match Seven
Lightning v Diamonds
16th August 2017

* Start delayed by rain for 88 minutes & game reduced to 13 overs per side.

* Lightning win toss & field

* 4 over powerplay

* Diamonds manage 29/1 in the powerplay courtesy of Chamari Attapatu. Lauren Winfield the casualty caught at deep square for 9 off Odedra.

* Atapattu smashes a 6 and a 4 off Grundy and Diamonds are 42/1 after 6 overs

* Sophie Devine struggling while Atapattu marches on. Devine is bowled by Elwiss' first ball - 2 off 9 balls. 49/2

* Atapattu is dropped on 47 but goes on to get her 50 off 32 balls

* Joined by Brunt, Atapattu takes a back seat. Brunt hits 21 off 10 balls before Atapattu calls her through for a suicidal single. Gone run out. Diamonds 86/3 after 10.1 overs.

* Alice Davidson-Richards and Jenny Gunn perish to leave Diamonds on 95/5 with 16 balls left. Atapattu takes them to solid 110/5.


* Lightning need a good start but Brunt bowls her housemate Amy Jones for 2 and gets Perry lbw - Lightning 13/2 after 2.1 overs.

* Lightning 24/2 at end of powerplay 4 overs. Behind the clock.

* Atapattu gets Villani lbw with her first ball. 24/3. Looking tough now.

* Thea Brookes goes for 4. 31/4.

* Georgia Elwiss 41 and Sonia Odedra 21* take Lightning to 79/5, but it takes to over 11.3, despite 18 off one Gunn over.

* A brief cameo from Sarah Glenn (11) gets Lightning past bonus point score and they finish on 93/5.

* Thunder win by 17 runs

Full scorecard here


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

KSL Match Notes - Thunder v Stars

Game Six
Thunder v Stars
16th August 2017

* Stars won the toss and elected to bat

* Both teams at full strength - Taylor & Cross in for Thunder and Lee for Stars

* No joy for Lee though as she goes for a 🦆 in the first over

* But Tammy Beaumont looks in ominous form - Stars get to 43/1 after 5 overs and Beaumont has 34 of them.

* 50/1 after the 6 powerplay overs

* 7th over is Ecclestone's and she frustrates Marizanne Kapp into top edging to backward square - 52/2

* Make that 53/3 as Beaumont (36) chips Hazell to midwicket.

* Halfway and Stars are 61/4 with Bryony Smith lbw to Hazell for 1.

* First ball of the 15th over and Taylor stumps Marsh off Jonassen for 11. Stars in danger of subsiding here - 79/5

* But Stars end up getting 33 off the last three overs through Nat Sciver (40*) and Sophia Dunkley (24), who batted very well.

* Stars finish on 133/6. Looks slightly below par score, but gives them more than they hoped five overs out.


* 4 off the first over and then 10 off the second from Kapp - 14/0 after 2 overs - nice start.

* But Lamb is lbw next over - 14/1

* Thunder get to 32/1 after the powerplay - even stephens

* 9th over and Jones (26) is given out lbw sweeping at Hartley (looked legside-ish). Thunder 47/2

* At halfway point Thunder are 62/2 and need 72 off last 10 overs - Taylor and Satterthwaite at the crease. Game on.

* 69/2 after 11 overs, but Satterthwaite is bowled by Farrell in the next over - 75/3. Taylor now the key.

* And two overs later she is gone, paddling Farrell to short fine leg. Excellent 34, but Thunder needed more. Her wicket in fact sparks a hideous collapse. Thunder 86/4

* Threlkeld is stumped first ball 86/5; Jonassen is well caught by Lee 91/6; Hazell paddles to fine leg 91/7; Ecclestone misses a full toss and is lbw 91/8 - 5 wickets for 5 runs

* It's game over but 106 is the bonus point target. Lancs fail to make it as they are bowled out for 100, with Farrell taking the last wicket with a diving return catch off her own bowling to take 5/26.

* Stars win by 33 runs and take 5 points

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KSL Match Notes - Lightning v Vipers

Game Five
Lightning v Vipers
15th August 2017

* Lightning won the toss and elected to bowl

* Just one off the first over from Beams - the calm before the storm!

* Suzie Bates helps herself to 16 in boundaries off the second over from Langston - she is off and running

* Langston is replaced by Grundy, but the fourth over goes for 18. Grundy looked to get the yips after being carted for two 4s off the first two balls

* Finally Ellyse Perry is brought into the action in the last of the powerplay overs. Bates (on 39) offers her a return catch, but she puts it down - costly - she follows it with 6, 4, 4 to go to her 50 off 30 balls. Powerplay done Vipers on 63/0

* In the 8th over Bates offers another chance, but this time Beams grasses it.

* 10th over and Matthews tries to go big but fails. Out for 12 (off 18). 87/1

* 13th over and Vipers have moved sweetly on to 122/1.

* 14th over and Adams is run out for 12

* It takes Bates until the 17th over to reach her 100 (off 63 balls) - it is the first 100 in the KSL and beats Dane van Niekerk's previous highest score of 91.

* Last three overs go for 33 runs and Vipers finish on 180 with Bates 119*, Wyatt 21*


* Tall order for Lightning not helped when Elyse Villani is given run out at the bowler's end after an apparent touch on the ball by bowler Tash Farrant. Villani is not convinced, and replays look inconclusive, but third umpire gives her out - 6/1

* But Lightning take 12 off the first over, courtesy of Amy Jones

* Only one off the third from Lynsey Smith and then Matthews takes the fourth - bowls Jones as she tries to cut a full ball. Lightning 14/2

* 5th over and Ellyse Perry runs herself out again - Lightning 25/3.

* Lightning finish powerplay on 41/3, but the game has gone. Bonus point cut-off score is 145.

* 9th over Odedra stumped off a wide full-toss - 55/4

* Halfway and Lightning have reached 64/4. They need 13 an over and they get it off the 11th from George.

* Time for Suzie Bates and she, of course, gets a wicket with her second ball - Elwiss bowled for 32 (29) - 77/5

* 87/6 as Brookes is caught at cow off Brindle, 87/7 as Lucy Higham is lbw first ball.

*  Some decent hitting from Sarah Glenn (25) helps the Lightning past 100, but Langston is caught on the boundary by Bates, then Glenn is run out and Grundy run out off the last ball (although given as stumped). Lightning all out for 134.

* No prizes for guessing player of the match

Full scorecard here

Video highlights here


Monday, 14 August 2017

KSL Match Notes - Stars v Diamonds

Game Four
Stars v Diamonds
13th August 2017

* Casualties today - Jenny Gunn for Diamonds with "whiplash injury" and Lizelle Lee for Stars with visa issues

* Diamonds won the toss and decided to bat.

* Atapattu doesn't last long - caught behind in second over off Kapp - 4/1

* Over 3 and Sophie Devine slashes at a wide one from Rene Farrell and is caught by Beaumont standing up - 5/2 - no ideal

* Lauren Winfield and Sune Luus (suddenly she is a number 4 bat!) get to the end of the powerplay - 28/2 on the board.

* 10th over and Winfield slogs sweeps Alex Hartley, but in the air, and Marsh takes the catch at deep square - 43/3

*Luus departs in the 12th top edging Sciver to Hartley at fine leg. Good knock though of 29 (32) - 48/4

* Back to Brunt and ADR to try and get Diamonds out of a hole. They take it to the 17th over and add 37, but ADR is bowled by Hartley for 13 - score still only 85/5

* Holly Armitage is out first ball. Hartley on a hat-trick. Anna Nicholls doesn't care as she reverse sweeps her first ball for a couple!

* 87/7 as Brunt runs herself out!!

* Diamonds make it to 100 before they are all out in the 20th over.


* Pinch-hitter Bryony Smith is out in the second over to Brunt - Stars 2/1. Marizanne Kapp in at 3.

* Kapp and Beaumont take Stars to uneventful 27/1 after first 6 overs

* 8th over and ADR gets Beaumont (21) with a back of the hand slower ball - Stars 37/2

* After 10 overs Stars are 51/2 - going along nicely but not likely to get a bonus point win (16 overs)

* 63/2 after 13 overs and Winfield finally throws the ball to Sune Luus - but she chooses to ball around the wicket and her over goes for 10!

* Brunt bowls a maiden, but the Stars know they have plenty of time.

* 11 off the 17th over means they only need five to win, and they get there in the next with consecutive boundaries to Kapp off Brunt, which ruins her figures - Kapp 48* and Sciver 34*

* Stars win by 8 wickets

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