Captain Stafanie Taylor 51 retired and 20-plus each from Deandra Dottin, Merissa Aguillera and Kycia Knight were significant contributions in West Indies women’s team friendly no-result game against a West Indies Boys Under-19 team at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy ground in Tarouba, South Trinidad yesterday.
Rain stopped play for good in the scheduled 50-overs-per-side match in mid-afternoon with the women’s team happy that they had the chance to get more batting practice with the three-match one-day internationals against Sri Lanka set to start on Wednesday, match two on Friday and the finale on Monday – all at the Lara venue.
The series count towards qualification for the 2019 ICC Women’s championships as points are on offer for the winner. The West Boys are preparing to defend their title hold of the ICC Youth 50-overs championship, a 16-nation team event on schedule for January 13th to February 3rd 2018 in New Zealand.
Sri Lanka women meanwhile were going along at a good clip being 69 for 1 in 14 overs in pursuit of Trinidad and Tobago’s women 110 all out before the rain came also forcing an abandonment to their friendly on the National Cricket Centre Ground in Balmain, Central Trinidad.
The Sri Lankans in the one practice match they were having ahead of the one day internationals with the West Indies may have figured they successfully exploited some timid batting by the TT home team who had lead scores from Lee-Ann Kirby 30 off 31 balls, Felicia Walters 22 and Stacy-Ann King 16.
In the men’s game 22-year-old South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada broke records and Bangladesh’s hearts to bowl South Africa to an innings and 254-run victory in the second test in Bloemfontein ended yesterday.
Rabada’s match haul of 10/63‚ which marked the third time he has taken 10 wickets in only 22 tests‚ made him the leading bowler in test cricket this year‚ and the youngest to claim 100 scalps for South Africa.
After South Africa counted Aiden Markran 143, Faf Du Plessis 135, Hashim Amla 132 and Dean Elgar 113 as century makers in their one innings of 573 for 4 declared, Rabada took 5 for 33 in Bangladesh’s 147-run first innings and 5 for 30 in their 172 all out second innings as South Africa won with more than two days to spare.
That gave South Africa‚ who won the first test by 333 runs in Potchefstroom on Monday‚ the series 2-0.
Rabada’s 100th was Mahmudullah‚ whose 43 off 59 balls was the best performance of Bangladesh’s in terms of runs scored and balls faced.
Sri Lanka (482 and 34 for 5) and Pakistan (262) are into the fourth day’s play of their second Test in the United Arab Emirates.