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England lose last ball thriller to Sri Lanka at Women's World Cup

England Women were narrowly defeated by Sri Lanka in a dramatic last-ball finish to the opening match of their World Cup campaign in India. Needing nine off the final over and a single off the last ball, Sri Lanka scraped home by one wicket after the defending champions had set them a target of 240 to win.

England’s consolation came in the shape of solid contributions from debutant Amy Jones who made 41 and Jenny Gunn who struck a half century (51) as Charlotte Edwards’ team totalled 239-8 off their 50 Overs.


Australia beat Pakistan by 91-runs in Women's World Cup opener

Australia have kicked off their ICC Women’s World Cup campaign with a 91-run win over Pakistan at Barabati Stadium today. Sarah Coyte was named player-of-the-match for her impressive all-round performance which included 36* runs and bowling figures of 3-20.

After winning the toss and electing to bat the Aussies got off to a rough start, losing the key early wickets of Meg Lanning (17) and Jess Cameron (7). Opener Rachael Haynes steadied the ship with her knock of 40 before she was run out in the 25th over. Lisa Sthalekar (32) provided some resistance through the middle of the innings and combined well with Coyte (36*), who proved to be the main-stayer at the tail end. The Australian side finished all out for 175 after 46.1 overs. Sadia Yousuf (3-30) and Asmavia Iqbal (2-37) proved the most dangerous of the Pakistani bowlers.


Mithali Raj, Katherine Brunt enter the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 as top ranked batter and bowler

Mithali Raj will  enter the ICC Women's World Cup 2013 as the number-one ranked batter on the Reliance ICC Women’s Player Rankings for ODI batters. Raj, who is appearing in her fourth successive Women’s World Cup and is also the India captain, will lead her side in the opening match of the tournament on 31 January at the Cricket Club of India (Brabourne Stadium) in a Group A match against West Indies.

Other teams in Group A of the ICC Women's World Cup 2013 are 2009 champion England and Sri Lanka. Group B contains Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Pakistan. The tournament is scheduled to be held from 31 January to 17 February in Mumbai and Cuttack.


Australia ease past India in Women's World Cup warm-up game

Australia capped off a successful build up to the ICC Women’s World Cup with a five-wicket over India in their second and final practice match at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) today.

India got off to a powerful start with openers Poonam Raut (31) and Thirush Kamini (30) putting on a 42-run stand for the first wicket. Reema Malhotra (35) and Nagarajan Niranjana (35) also provided some resistance at the crease in the latter half of their innings as they led their side to a competitive total of 8-222 after their 50 overs. Lisa Sthalekar (3-29) did some damage with the ball and was backed up well by Megan Schutt (2-47), with the remaining wickets shared between Sarah Coyte (1-10), Holly Ferling (1-30) and Renee Chappell (1-32).


Hazell bowls England to victory in Final Warm-up game before Women's World Cup

Danielle Hazell took 5-34 against New Zealand at the Bandra Kurla complex, Mumbai today in England Women’s final warm-up game ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup. Despite bowling New Zealand out for 223, England fell 13 runs short of their victory target as they were bowled out for a 210-run total which included a half-century from Lydia Greenway (51) and a useful lower-order contribution of 35 from Jenny Gunn.

Earlier, Hazell made her mark with the ball after Charlotte Edwards inserted New Zealand following a dew delayed start. Early wickets were shared amongst the England bowlers before Hazell stepped up to claim her five wicket haul.


Australia rout West Indies in World Cup warm-up game

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have opened their ICC Women’s World Cup campaign with a 135-run win against the West Indies in a warm-up match at MIG Stadium today.

Australian captain Jodie Fields won the toss and sent Elyse Villani (49) and Rachael Haynes (61) in to open the batting. They built a solid partnership of 95 runs before Villani was retired, with teams permitted to play up to 15 players under the practice match conditions. Jess Cameron (62) wasted no time finding the boundaries, notching 10 fours as she anchored her side’s innings. The Australians rotated their batting line-up through the innings to provide as many players as possible with vital match experience ahead of the start of the official tournament. Lisa Sthalekar (59) and Jodie Fields (35) also contributed well to take their side’s total to 5-333 after 50 overs.


England Women warm-up for the ICC Women’s World Cup with a 51-run victory over South Africa

England captain Charlotte Edwards led the way with a half-century today as her side claimed a comfortable 51-run victory over South Africa at the CCI ground in Mumbai today in their first warm-up game ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013.

The captain top scored with 78 in a total of 270-9 after England had been put into bat by South Africa – sharing a 101-run partnership with Lydia Greenway who made 35. Berkshire’s Heather Knight was the other major contributor to the England run-tally, making 42 off only 45 balls before holing out with three overs remaining. Wickets were then shared around by the England bowlers as South Africa fell 51-runs short of their victory target.

Left-arm spinner Holly Colvin claimed the prize wicket of the dangerous Chetty for 57 with Arran Brindle and Danielle Hazell also among the wicket-takers and Lydia Greenway catching the eye with an impressive diving catch at mid-wicket to dismiss Susanna Benade.

After the game Heather Knight said: “It was great to get out there, get into the swing of things and score some runs today. It was a decent wicket with a bit in it for the bowlers and played a little different to what we were expecting, but was nice to bat on.

“Charlotte batted well up front, set a really good platform for us to kick on from and we got a decent total in the end. Our bowlers bowled well, got overs under their belts and it was good to get out in the field for 50 overs and get miles in our legs; we’re all feeling really good leading into tournament.

“It’s a nice ground here at the CCI, I’m looking forward to playing our group games here, it’s well suited for women’s cricket. We’ve got a quick turnaround now for our second warm-up game against New Zealand tomorrow, then it’s into the group stages with our first game against Sri Lanka on Friday.” England will play their second and final warm-up game against New Zealand tomorrow (Tuesday January 29th) at the BKC ground, Mumbai.

Squads announced for ICC Women's World Cup in India

England’s Charlotte Edwards has been picked for her fifth successive World Cup, while her Indian counterpart, Mithali Raj, has been selected for her fourth successive World Cup after all eight countries finalized their squads for the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013 to be staged in Mumbai from 31 January to 17 February.

The eight squads see some interesting selections, including the return to the South Africa squad of former captain Cri-Zelda Brits, who in 2011 took an indefinite break from the international game.


Australia announce squad for Women's World Cup

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The Women's National Selection Panel (WNSP) has today announced a 15-player squad for the ICC Women's World Cup India 2013, which starts next month. The tournament will take place from 31 January – 17 February, 2013 at four venues in Mumbai.

Commenting on the squad, Women's National Selection Panel (WNSP) Chair of Selectors Julie Savage said: "The WNSP have selected a powerful and well-balanced squad to contest the ICC Women's World Cup India 2013.


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