ICC Women's World Cup 2013, warm-ups January 28, 2013

India, Australia, England start with victories

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India Women won their first warm-up fixture against New Zealand Women, beating them by eight wickets in Mumbai. Chasing a modest target of 202, India's top order took the match away from New Zealand.

Openers Poonam Raut (69) and Thirush Kamini (43) put on 119 within 27 overs but both were dismissed in quick succession. The captain Mithali Raj (36*) and Harmanpreet Kaur (46*) steered them to victory form there, with an 83-run partnership.

Earlier, New Zealand lost their top three wickets for 44 after they were put in to bat. Sara McGlashan (56) and Frances Mackay (69) stabilised their innings but a lower-order collapse meant they were dismissed for 201 in 47.5 overs.

Defending champions England Women beat South Africa Women by 51 runs in their opening warm-up fixture in Mumbai. England were put in to bat and opener Charlotte Edwards (78) led them till the 30th over. Lydia Greenway (35) and Heather Knight (42), along with some boundaries from the lower-order, ensured England a total of 270.

South Africa Women were in the hunt, led by Trisha Chetty (57) and Mignon du Preez (64*) after they lost Shandre Fritz early. But their scoring rate was hovering around four runs per over and wickets towards the end meant they fell short of the target.

Australia Women cruised to a 135-run victory over West Indies Women at the MIG Ground in Mumbai. Choosing to bat first, Australia's openers gave them a flying start with Elyse Villani (50) and Rachael Haynes (61) putting on 165, followed by half-centuries from Jess Cameron (62) and Lisa Sthalekar (59). The middle order also chipped in to ensure they scored 333.

West Indies' batsmen got off to starts but they lost wickets regularly, until Deandra Dottin (52) stabilised the innings. The top four put up only 50 runs together, which made the chase tougher. Once Dottin was dismissed in the 26th over, Australia dismissed their remaining batsmen cheaply and completed a comprehensive victory.

Sri Lanka Women suffered a four-wicket loss at the hands of Mumbai Combined XI in Mumbai.

Put in to bat, Sri Lanka were rocked by early wickets as they were reduced to 27 for 4 and then 47 for 8 even though some of their batsmen got to bat twice. A flurry of boundaries towards the end by Prasadani Weerakkody (39) and Chamani Seneviratna (38) and opportunities to bat twice for the others took their team total to 189.

Mumbai Combined were led by a half-century from Ashutosh Singh at the top and knocks of 49 and 34 from Abhishek Desai and Vinay Mishra respectively. Even though Sri Lanka dismissed six of Mumbai's batsmen, the total of 189 was not enough to earn them a victory.

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  • Roo on January 30, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Wanting to bring in Associates is plain foolishness, they are not anywhere near the top level to play in a WC...

    Netherlands since 2005 have played 29 ODI's & only won once against Ireland... Ireland since 2005 played 41 ODI's & beaten Netherlands 10 times with their only other victory against Bdesh - they have been thrashed by the other full member teams during this time...

    Even with only the top teams playing I expect there will be a number of one-sided matches played...

  • Chris on January 29, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    @zenboomerang - I didn't day '36' teams don't be silly. All I was saying that for the tournament to be called a 'world' cup, it needs to have more teams from around the globe than the current silly 8 teams which is far too small and does not deserve the title 'world' if you can see what I'm trying to say. For womens 12 teams should play and mens 12-14 in 50 over and upto 16 in T20 which is the best way to go about it in Cricket. 12 is called a DOZEN for a reason. Fans are not silly, they don't want to see a 'small' amount of teams competing in a 'world' cup because it doesn't live up to its value.

  • Chris on January 29, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    @maddy20 - What does the 'world' mean to you? just curious :)

    Actually if you look back to the last T20 'world' cup hehe only 8 of the 10 full members were involved so that clearly tells you something especially of the growth of Cricket :P

  • Roo on January 29, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    Think you will find that Sthalekar & Villani both retired out, rather than retired hurt - seeing that Lisa was the most used Oz bowler in the later WI innings & took a good catch...

    Some interesting games, but really, 15 players in each team - Oz v WI?... Then some of the SL batters batting twice with 13 wkts falling & still batting?... Played many social/charity games with much more structure than these - more like Rafferty's rules... Why wasn't Meg Lanning batting up the order, if this was a warm up game? - surely one of our most gifted young players & needing some time in the middle to get used to local conditions...

  • Roo on January 29, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    @All_The_Way... Are you suggesting all 36 Associate countries should be playing in the World Cup?... Besides being a financial disaster it is unworkable as many teams couldn't afford to even get there - as it is, I doubt that even with the top teams present that it will be a financial success & is being propped up by the countries involved...

    The Associates aren't anywhere near good enough to beat Eng, Oz, Ind, NZ, WI in one match, let alone two... SA beat Bdesh 2-1 in that series in Bangladesh, with the loss by far the closest game... Their ODI match against Netherlands (in Bdesh) they won by 233 runs - pretty much a thrashing... Yet SA have only won 44 out of 98 ODI's which puts them low in the rankings - so your point about leaving out 2nd division teams isn't valid...

  • V.L on January 29, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    Great start, even though its a warmup, beating NZ takes some doing. Well played ladies. Keep going and make sure that the trophy does not leave our country. @All_The_Way I guess associate nations are not qualified to play the worldcups so the full members are playing one another. Even the Mens Worldcup was planned in that way, until the organizers had a change of heart because of the associates pushing ICC hard. Here I do not see the Irish and Bangladesh boards fighting for their women's' team. Hence they are not in the fray. As simple as that.

  • Chris on January 28, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    @28041991 - Wrong!!! according to Cricinfo stats women teams like Ireland and the Netherlands have played well over a 100 matches plus Bangladesh womens team who are new to the womens arena are also playing and beat South Africa in an ODI and T20 straight away :P

  • vishwas on January 28, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    @All_The_Way its not champions tropy because unlike mens cricket not many nations have dedicated womens team...and still womens cricket is emerging and it started to become popular with the help of these tournaments..... if womens cricket has this many teams as mens cricket has now then i think we can have champion womens tropy....:)

  • Chris on January 28, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    This is not a 'world' cup but an 8 team cup. What's the difference between that and the ICC Champions Trophy because I'm confused. Cricinfo please publish don't know what's wrong with the comment :D :P

  • Sachin on January 28, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Well played girls especially Poonam and Edwards.

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