Whilst the Australian women’s cricket domestic competition has been played, there is plenty of other high quality women’s cricket being played around the globe, with a number of international series being fought out.
The increased number of international series is just another example of how much the women’s game has grown in recent years with the support of the ICC, home boards and players associations.
With the WNCL and WT20 on a week hiatus I thought that it might be worthwhile to give you a brief overview of what has been happening in the various international series.
Around the Globe
South Africa vs Bangladesh – September 2013
South Africa hosted Bangladesh at home in three ODIs and three T20s. With the 2014 T20 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh next year in March/April, the Bangladesh women’s team automatically qualified for the tournament, therefore, opportunities for them to play against seasoned campaigners will give them invaluable experience which they will need come early next year.
Despite losing the all 6 matches to South Africa, whose top order dominated throughout the two formats, the Bangladeshi team did show some fight in the last T20 where they were chasing 106 to lose by only three runs.
West Indies vs New Zealand – October 2013
Before the Tri-Series between West Indies, England and New Zealand, the West Indies hosted New Zealand in Kingston, Jamaica. They played three ODIs, with both teams fielding relatively similar squads that played in the World Cup in February 2013, meaning it was always going to go down to the wire.
Suzie Bates, part of the WA Fury Squad who was also the Player of the Tournament during the recent World Cup, began the series well, registering her fifth hundred and steering New Zealand to the first win of the series.
The Kingston pitch must have been turning square, forcing the West Indies to select one pace bowler and the rest spin in the secind ODI. That seemed to work as between both teams, 13 out of the 20 wickets that fell that day went to the spinners. The West Indies came out on top in this match and levelled the series in doing so.
In the third and deciding ODI, Stefanie Taylor, the current holder of the ICC Women’s Player of Year, played the perfect match, stamping her authority as she scored an unbeaten 135 and took four wickets to secure the West Indies women’s team their first series win against New Zealand.
Tri Series (West Indies, New Zealand & England) – October
Due to the recent success of the West Indies team in both formats, it is great to see that West Indies Cricket Board, as well as other ICC home boards, willing to schedule extra fixtures involving the West Indies, who are definitely shaping up as a potential powerhouse of women’s cricket.
During the T20 Tri-Series all teams played against each other twice, with a final against the top two teams. Some notable performances throughout the series included young gun Shaquana Quintyne, from the West Indies, picking up her best bowling figures of 5-16 against England.
For England, the experienced Jenny Gunn (5-18) and new comer, who we got to know during the Ashes Series, Natalie Sciver (4-21), accounted for New Zealand as they lost seven wickets for nine runs in one of the matches.
The last round match came down to the one over eliminator with West Indian batter Deandra Dottin accounting easily the six runs England scored with two hits. That win meant that the two teams would meet again in the final.
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