Mar 23 2009

World Cup runners up

Congratulations to the White Ferns for making it to the final of the Women’s World Cup and for fighting hard when things got rough.

Batting first, the Ferns got themselves in trouble by losing their entire top order for less than 100. Many of the wickets went to rash shots, suggesting that they were having difficulty adjusting after the batting fest against Pakistan. However, a 63 run partnership between Lucy Doolan and Nicola Browne pushed the score up to what turned out to be a fairly competitive total.

In complete contrast, England didn’t lose their first wicket until they were 74. And then in the late-middle overs Aimee Mason and Doolan turned the match around by picking up three quick wickets and stifling the scoring. Suddenly the stroll to victory became a struggle and the game wasn’t won until the 47th over.

Particular praise must go to Doolan whose match figures were quite outstanding: 48 off 57 batting, 3/23 off 10 bowling.

And of course, huge congratulations to the victors England, who played a great game in knocking over the top order and keeping the scoring in check. Nicki Shaw was a star of course with 4 wickets, but all the bowlers got wickets and bowled tight. Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins did excellent work making the chase safe, so even the semi collapse couldn’t threaten the final result.

Mar 20 2009

White Ferns into WWC final

It has taken qualifying for the finals to get me to finally post on the Women’s World Cup. Shame on me.

The White Ferns beat Pakistan today by 223 runs to qualify for the final of the Women’s Cricket World Cup. They actually qualify top of the table, as England, who have led the tournament until now, were beaten by Australia.

Their path to the final was as follows:

  • Def. Aus by 13 runs D-L
  • Def. WI by 56 runs
  • Def. SA by 199 runs (dismissing SA for 51 runs)
  • Loss to Eng by 31 runs
  • Def. Ind by 5 wickets
  • Def. Pak. by 223 runs (2nd wicket partnership of 262, Suzie Bates 168 off 105)

The final on Sunday should be an awesome game of cricket. Both New Zealand and England are very strong teams, playing very well. Both teams have batters with over 200 runs in the tournament, Claire Taylor (303 runs @ 75.75) and Caroline Atkins (211 @ 52.75) for England and Suzie Bates (273 @ 54.6) and Haidee Tiffen (249 @ 49.8) for New Zealand, as well as in form bowlers, such as Laura Marsh (Eng, 14 wkts) Aimee Mason (NZ, BB 4/2).

New Zealand’s record against England is very good, but of late England has been the stronger team, having beaten us in 4 out of the last 5 completed matches. So let’s hope for a turn around. (Let’s also hope that Cricinfo cover the game properly. Today’s game was only intermittently updated.)