Day 2 of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars’ tour match was going to be of interest to players, staff and fans, as the squad is not familiar with resuming play the next day, with Test matches and 2-day matches being few and far between.
At 7-250 at the start of day two, Erin Osborne and Alyssa Healy (20) picked up where they left off the night before by adding 29 runs before England A broke the partnership with Osborne falling lbw after a well-constructed 33.
Unfortunately for England A, who had been toiling hard in the field, the fall of the wicket brought Elyse Villani in at 10. Villani normally bats at the top of the order, but as with most warm up matches, the visiting team is allowed to play all their players in either innings to give them valuable time in the middle. Therefore, the Southern Stars had an extra-long batting order.
Although coming in further down the order didn’t seem to bother Villani, as she went on to score 45 runs off 65 balls and was the last batter out with the final score on 340 runs off 94.1 overs.
The pick of England A’s bowlers were K. Cross (4-48) and R.Grundy (3-29).
I expected that the team would be looking forward to getting onto the field together after posting a large total, as the last time was the World Cup Final in February. This was reinforced by Ellyse Perry in her comments after the days play, where she said “it has been a while since we have played as a squad and it was a great feeling to be out there with the whole team, I really enjoyed it.“
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