Sunday, 5 November 2017

Aus & England warm-ups - Day Three

Both Australia and England will have been happy with the final day of their warm-up games today, both sides ultimately drawing their games, but both gaining some much needed time with both bat and ball in hand.

Australia started the last day on 126/2 with Villani and Haynes at the crease. Villani went on to make 70, and there were runs too for Blackwell (45) and Wellington (33*). Wellington's obvious competency with the bat (she recently hit a ton for South Australia in the WNCL) may well see her picked ahead of Kristen Beams for the Test side. Australia declared on 287/9 leaving ACT needing 270 in a minimum of 44 overs. As it was they made it to 68/3 before Australia decided, with half an hour still to play, that they had had enough practice - to be fair Villani had started to bowl so it was probably a fair call!
Aus scorecard

As for England they resumed Day Three on a slightly more precarious 87/3 and Heather Knight was an early casualty for 35, but Sarah Taylor (85*), Nat Sciver (42), Fran Wilson (45) and Katherine Brunt (43*) took England to 305/7 declared, leaving CA XI a notional 266 to win, with 42 overs to bowl. England took the opportunity to give eight bowlers a go (without using Brunt, Ecclestone, Hartley or Hazell), and they managed to claim seven wickets (three for Knight in three overs at the death, and two for Marsh) as CA XI finished on 182/7. The only worrying trait was the poor economy rate from all but, Shrubsole, Elwiss and Gunn.
Eng scorecard


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