Cathryn Fitzpatrick had already held her 21st birthday party when Holly Colvin was born. Not turning sixteen till September 7, Colvin became the youngest Test cricketer for the English women on Tuesday. She paid dividends for England by taking three wickets on the opening day of the Hove Test against Australia – Kate Blackwell, Julia Price and Fitzpatrick – but at day’s end was not allowed to talk to the media. Continue reading “Old enough to bowl, too young to talk”
The women’s Ashes Test series began at Hove on Tuesday. I don’t know why the ECB insists on scheduling women’s tours in parallel with their male compatriots. Australia had to do it in 2001 and England toured Australia as the men’s tour was winding up in early 2003. Continue reading “It’s Peden-Archdale time again!”
For those who cared enough to follow the NatWest Series, the tournament ended in anticlimax when England and Australia played out a tie. But why was it called a tie? Both sides scored 196, that is true – but Australia was bowled all out while England only lost nine wickets. There’s an easy way to break the deadlock and it’s none other than the bleeding obvious.
Continue reading “Why a tie?”
England and Australia are meeting today in what could well be the last one-day international played between teams of eleven players each. Lawrence Booth is doing the blog you have when you’re not having a blog at The Guardian. Follow the live scorecard at The Cricket Site (who, hopefully, will fix their home page which currently states that Bangladesh are playing in today’s final). Live audio from BBC Five Live Extra.
Progress score: Australia 3, France 0. Ten minutes into the first half. Channel Seven’s coverage of the cricket commences after the rugby.
The question has to be asked: If Andrew Symonds stayed off the turps last Friday night, would Australia be undefeated in the NatWest Series today? Continue reading “Symonds saves Australia”
In my BBC interview on Tuesday, Rhod Sharp described me as “following the NatWest Series avidly”. I have no idea how he arrived at that conclusion. Continue reading “Random thoughts during NWS 5”
Let this be the first and last time I use the buzzword “Twenty20” to describe what is nothing more than glorified 20 overs a side tippety-run like we used to play at school. Continue reading “England v Australia Pyjama Cricket Lite”
England batting first in semi-final
Australian captain Belinda Clark has won the toss and put England into bat in the first semi-final of the Women’s Cricket World Cup at Sedgars Park, Potchefstroom. Continue reading “Australia v England semi final blog”
The weather forecast is cloudy but fine for the Pretoria/Tshwane region for Thursday’s second round of matches in the 2005 Women’s Cricket World Cup. Continue reading “Previews: India v Ireland, England v Sri Lanka, South Africa v West Indies”
Australia plays England on Tuesday March 22, the opening day of the 2005 Women’s Cricket World Cup at Tshwane University of Technology (formerly Technikon Pretoria) Ground A. Continue reading “Preview: Australia v England”