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					County pro Di Venuto to mentor batsme
A county career that ended only last year will provideMichael Di Venuto with a wealth of relevant
experience to pass on to Australia's batsmen about England after he was named the national team's
fulltime batting coach.
Di Venuto, 39, will start his role on this month's tour of India, but his value to Ashes preparations figured
prominently in his election, after more than a decade of first-class matches for Sussex, Derbyshire and
Durham, with whom he retired as senior pro in July 2012.
The appointment follows a period in which Australia tried several batting mentors in the wake of Justin
Langer's decision to become head coach of Western Australia, including the former Test batsmen Stuart
Law and Dean Jones. It is also a further endorsement of Tasmania as a source of coaching and playing
talent, as Di Venuto joins the man he replaced as the Tigers' assistant coach, Ali De Winter.
"We are delighted to have Michael on board," Australia's coach Mickey Arthur said. "We wanted a batting
coach who was working within Australian cricket and who had also represented Australia as a player and
Michael certainly brings those two aspects to the table, as well as a wealth of experience in first-class
cricket.
"We felt it was important that the appointed person had demonstrated coaching experience. This aligns
with our coaching pathway plans which is an Argus review recommendation. Michael spent some time
around the Test squad while we were in Hobart ... we were impressed with the way he went about his
work and we look forward to him joining us on a full-time basis."
Despite a prolific record as an aggressive first-class and limited overs batsman, Di Venuto's international
career was limited to nine ODIs in the late 1990s, and was ended by Adam Gilchrist's rise to prominence
as an opener in one-day matches.
More recently he represented Italy, the nation of his ancestry, in World Twenty20 qualifiers.




Starc splinters West Indies
Twenty years ago, almost to the day, Allan Border won the toss and batted before Curtly Ambrose
obliterated Australia at the WACA ground in a spell of 7 for 1. Whirring the ball down with speed
and fiendish late swing, Mitchell Starc paid homage by splintering the West Indies in a burst of 4
for 1 to set up a facile nine-wicket victory, achieved with all of 244 balls to spare.
This time it was the touring captain Darren Sammy who paid a heavy price for choosing to bat first
on a lively surface. Australia's pitiful 74 against Sri Lanka at the Gabba is no longer the lowest
score of the limited-overs summer, it's now the West Indies total of 70 that was only reached after
some late-order resistance following an earlier free-fall to 5 for 19. It was the most meagre total in
all ODIs between the two countries, extras (17) providing the top score.
Ever the tactical opportunist, Australia captain Michael Clarke promoted Glenn Maxwell to open,
and his supercharged half-century ensured the target was gobbled up inside 10 overs. Maxwell
crashed 18 from Kemar Roach's first over, and may find himself opening again after such a star-
turn. In all, only 33.1 overs were required to complete the match.
Starc finished with 5 for 20, and was given splendid support by Clint McKay and James Faulkner.
The two new balls ensured there was movement through the air and off the pitch for the entirety of
the West Indies innings, as a succession of batsmen were either bowled or offered catching
practice to a well-stocked slips cordon.
Sammy's choice to bat first took his opposite number Clarke by surprise, after Australia had
stacked their team with pace bowlers and planned to bowl if successful at the toss. The pitch
carried a tinge of grass that suggested it would be at its fastest and most lively.
Chris Gayle and Kieran Powell were soon pushing hopefully at deliveries that seamed and swung
away from them at pace, though it was not until the fifth over that a wicket fell. Gayle's recent ODI
scores have been underwhelming, but it took a fine ball from McKay to seam across him and take
the shoulder of the bat for a catch in the slips cordon.
At the other end Starc was swerving the ball late and with tremendous control, and the ball after
Powell drove him to the cover fence began a sequence of destruction that would plainly show that
there are few bowlers more dangerous than the fast left-armer moving the ball through the air.
Powell pushed tentatively at a ball slightly shorter than the one he had struck to the fence and
offered a catch to Clarke at slip. Ramnaresh Sarwan, in his first international since 2011, was late
and crooked on a ball that hooped back into him to spread-eagle the stumps.
Noting the swing on offer, Clarke brought Phillip Hughes in to short leg, and Dwayne Bravo
obliged by squeezing a catch to the man just posted. Kieron Pollard's first ball was millimetres
away from finding him lbw, and his second arrived too soon for a hesitant push that served only
to deflect the ball onto leg stump. Starc had taken 4 for 1 in seven balls.
At 5 for 19, the script for the innings had been largely written, and the remainder could only add
nuisance runs as the ball continued to zip about. Faulkner claimed a pair of wickets on debut with
a disciplined line, while McKay followed up his earlier incision by dismissing Sammy, who offered
only token resistance.
West Indies' plight was best epitomised by Sunil Narine, who groped haplessly at the first five
balls of a McKay over before edging the final one into Matthew Wade's gloves. Starc was brought
back by Clarke to claim the final wicket, another inswinger plucking out Jason Holder's leg stump.
Maxwell's promotion showed Australia were keen on a quick finish, and his domineering
approach worked brilliantly in a scenario where instinct and freedom were rewarded over
thoughtful consideration. Some of his shots were bizarre, but most were well struck, leaving
Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja very much in his wake. Sammy will think twice before batting
first again




Mountaineers get the better of Rhinos
Mountaineers 252 (Mawoyo 58, Sauramba 55, Cremer 3-84) and 216 (Kasuza 56, Cremer 5-67) beat
Mid West Rhinos 183 (Mushangwe 3-47, Chatara 3-56) and 230 (Nkala 64, Masakadza 3-37, Lamb 3-
22) by 55 runs
Mountaineers registered a convincing 55-run win over Mid West Rhinos in the Logan Cup match
at Kwekwe Sports Club.
Although Mountaineers dominated the first innings of the match, taking a 69-run first-innings lead,
Rhinos did have a chance to make a comeback. A five-wicket haul by Graeme Cremer in the
second innings helped Rhinos restrict Mountaineers to 216 - that meant a target of 285, with
nearly two days of play left in the game.
Rhinos, however, lost their way after a 48-run opening partnership between Vusi Sibanda and Jaik
Mickleburgh was broken by fast bowler Shingi Masakadza - he had Sibanda bowled. By the time
Mickleburgh was dismissed for 43, Mountaineers' bowlers had made significant inroads, reducing
the Rhinos to 101 for 5.
A sixth-wicket partnership of 57 runs between Cremer and Mluleki Nkala gave Rhinos some hope,
but once Cremer was dismissed for 29, Nkala ran out of partners and Rhinos folded for 230.
Pakistan take opening-day honours
Pakistan 6 for 0 (Hafeez 6*, Jamshed 0*) trail South Africa 253 (Kallis 50, Hafeez 4-16) by 247 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pakistan ended a fascinating opening day of the series with the advantage after chipping South
Africa out for 253 at the Wanderers. Mohammad Hafeez bagged career-best figures of 4 for 16 to
run through the lower order, building on a consistent performance from the visiting attack
throughout the day, as the early exchanges lived up to the hope of a competitive series.
Only Jacques Kallis posted a half-century; sharp catching aided Pakistan's efforts while the
bowlers shared the early wickets around, before Hafeez nipped in. Younis Khan, who before today
had seven Test wickets, provided a huge bonus for Pakistan when he claimed Hashim Amla in his
first over, and Hafeez struck first ball to remove AB de Villiers.
Junaid Khan, the left-arm quick, was the overall pick of the attack, maintaining his accuracy
throughout the day, but it was Hafeez who ended with the biggest haul. Having been given the
new ball mid over, he removed Robin Peterson, shouldering arms, and then had Dean Elgar
caught down the leg side. South Africa lost their last five wickets for 21, including a poor run-out
of Vernon Philander, to leave Pakistan with two overs to face before the close.
Misbah-ul-Haq deserves much praise for an excellent day as captain. There was an element of
luck in Younis' surprise role, but it was smart use of Hafeez to keep him in the attack with left-
hand batsmen at the crease, rather than opt for what would seem the more obvious choice of a
quick with the new ball. Yet, it is a role Hafeez is used to performing.
Despite the openers falling in consecutive overs before lunch, a stand of 79 between Kallis and
Amla was threatening to pull South Africa away in familiar style. However, moments after reaching
a 74-ball fifty, Kallis failed to keep a sweetly struck pull shot down and Asad Shafiq made
significant ground from deep square-leg to hold a fine catch.
Kallis' innings had shown the side of his game that has evolved in the latter part of his career; a
counter-attacking ability to seize the initiative. Both he and Amla played Saeed Ajmal confidently,
milking him for four an over in his first spell, although ironically it could have been the fact that
Ajmal, who ended up wicketless from 23 overs, did not pose a huge threat that encouraged
Misbah to give Younis his profitable trundle. With his third ball, Younis dropped one short outside
off stump, Amla cut it but did not keep the shot down and Azhar Ali, at gully, clung onto a flying
chance above his head.
What will frustrate Smith and Gary Kirsten is the number of wasted starts. South Africa had
appeared to battle through the toughest conditions when Smith and Alviro Petersen, leaving as
much as they could early, blunted Pakistan's early efforts. However, one of the factors that makes
the Wanderers such a good Test venue is that the bowlers always have some encouragement.
Junaid, having return for a second spell, made the breakthrough when he found Petersen's edge
by cramping him for room from round the wicket as he tried to play to leg. In the next over Smith,
who had been the focus of so much attention in the build-up to the match, was also guilty of
aiming across the line, and he edged a full delivery from Gul.
There had been plenty to distract Smith leading to this match, as he became the first man to lead
in 100 Tests and on his birthday, but he seemingly managed to put those events to one side. He
looked steeled for a typically tone-setting innings and was angry with himself at the mode of
dismissal.
Amla and Kallis, the two pillars of South Africa's middle order, firstly consolidated either side of
lunch, and then started to expand their strokeplay, including a period of four consecutive
boundaries between them. By tea, however, both had been removed and, unlike the New Zealand
attack of a few weeks ago, Pakistan kept applying pressure.
There was a hint of controversy early in the final session - not for the first time sparked by the
DRS - when Pakistan were convinced that Faf du Plessis had edged debutant Rahat Ali to the
keeper. They reviewed the not-out decision by Billy Bowden and the TV umpire concluded there
was no conclusive evidence to overturn although there was a growing consensus a short while
later that there was a mark on the edge.
Pakistan used up their second review eight overs later when they thought de Villiers was caught
down the leg side off Ajmal, but did not have to wait much longer for success. Hafeez's first ball
was floated wide of off stump, de Villiers pressed forward and Sarfraz Ahmed snapped up the
outside edge.
Already in a young Test career, du Plessis has rescued South Africa more than once but this time,
having reached 41, departed in curious style after playing a forward defensive which sent the ball
rolling slowly back towards the stumps to knock off a bail. Du Plessis held his pose for so long
that he could have had time to turn and kick the ball away. The rest departed in an unexpected
hurry, but judgements on the total will need to be held until South Africa's attack has responded.




Starc spurred by ankle doubts
Having bowled as irresistibly as he did against West Indies at the WACA, it's little wonder that
Mitchell Starc is earnestly hoping a bone spur in his ankle will not worsen to the point of requiring
surgery during Australia's manic 2013 schedule.
Starc has already chosen to forego this year's IPL in order to rest after the forthcoming tour of
India ahead of the Ashes. Now, after his frighteningly fast and swerving 5 for 20 to rout West
Indies for 70, he conveyed his desire to put off surgery for as long as possible. A procedure to
clean out the problem would require about three months in recovery - time Starc and Australia
simply do not have this year.
"It's a calcification to protect the bone through the force the ankle cops when bowling, but
obviously causes a bit of pain," Starc said in Perth. "You can feel it when you push on it, but it's
not affecting my bowling at the moment. It's not something I want to go under the knife for and
miss up to three months to clean it up, missing the time bowling and having to build yourself up.




"Three seasons ago I had two spurs in the same ankle and played two thirds of the season with it,
so it's not an issue we're all worried about at the moment and I'm happy to play with it."
There have been a few times so far in his young career when Starc has looked unplayable, and
this was one such day. Moving the ball at high pace and landing the ball repeatedly on a line and
length to discomfort the best batsmen, much of Starc's bowling seemed wasted on a West Indies
batting line-up that has been in Australia little more than a week and warmed up with a festival
match on the Manuka Oval featherbed.
"There have been days when I've bowled a lot worse and taken more wickets," Starc said. "It all
came together today, I felt very smooth and had enough pace but there was enough in the wicket
also.
"You get that extra bounce and carry in Perth, we wanted to hit the stumps as often as we could
and needed to get that fuller length. Sometimes the execution isn't quite there, but today all the
bowlers executed very well.
"What we've spoken about is shortening the gap between our very good, like today, and our not
so good, a bit of which you saw against Sri Lanka. If we can keep winning and closing that gap,
we'll go a long way towards achieving our goals."
West Indies captain Darren Sammy did not concede he had erred by choosing to bat first, instead
suggesting his batsmen should have re-adjusted their goals for a decent score once they had
witnessed a few overs of the ball zipping around.
"It's disappointing, we know the plans and the goals we had for this tour, obviously it didn't start
the way we wanted, but it's just the first game of a five-match series," Sammy said. "We've got to
come back stronger on Sunday, dust ourselves off and believe we can be successful against
them.
"We've had battles against Australia in the past, the last series at home they similarly won the first
game very easily and we came back strongly for the rest of the series. We know we have the
ability to bounce back, and that's what I'm going to tell the boys. Yes it's going to be hard to wipe
what happened from the memory, but we've had good games against them and we'll think about
the positive things."
Sammy took one point of solace from the debut of the tall young fast bowler Jason Holder, who
extracted steep bounce and some movement though defending a pitiful total.
"In spite of what [Glenn] Maxwell was doing, coming hard at him, he kept his cool and bowled in
some very good areas," Sammy said. "That's a plus for us and hopefully we can have much more
runs to defend in the next game."



South Africa's Brett Matthews dies aged 50
Brett Matthews, the former South African first-class bowler, died in Pretoria on Thursday.
Matthews, 50, had been in a medically induced coma after being injured in a road accident earlier
this month.
A left-arm seamer, Matthews represented Eastern Province, Transvaal and Western Province
during his six-year career. He played 38 first-class matches, taking 120 wickets at 23.63, and
claimed 36 wickets in 33 List A games.
He was the brother of Craig Matthews, who had 18 Tests and 56 ODIs to his name for South Africa
in the 1990s.



Australia and New Zealand notch up wins
New Zealand 321 for 5 (Devine 145, Bates 73) beat South Africa 170 (Ruck 4-31, Nielsen 3-34) by
151 runs
A century from middle-order batsman Sophie Devineand a half-century from captain Suzie Bates
was backed up by a combined bowling effort as New Zealand defeated South Africa by 151 runs in
Cuttack. The strong total of 321 was built round the third-wicket stand of 128 between Bates and
Devine, and a 101-run stand off 43 deliveries for the fifth wicket between Devine and Nicola
Browne. South Africa, in reply, lost wickets regularly, and no one scored more than 37 as they
capitulated for 170.
South Africa's openers were dismissed by the sixth over, and they couldn't recover. Seamer
Morna Nielsen and Lea Tahuhu destroyed the top order, and South Africa slumped to 82 for 7 in
the 21st over. Susan Benade and Shabnim Ismail tried to rescue South Africa, adding 72 runs in
quick time, but left-arm seamer Sian Ruck, who finished with four wickets, mopped up the tail.
New Zealand's bowlers had the cushion provided by commanding batting from their batsmen.
Although openers Lucy Doolan and Lucy Satterthwaite were dismissed quickly, the middle order
responded soundly. Devine, who struck 13 fours and six sixes in her knock of 145, off 131 balls,
saw her side through to the end of the innings.
"It feels great to have scored my first ODI century for New Zealand. There were a few plays and
misses but I'm delighted to have helped us to our first win of the tournament," Devine said after
the game. "You never quite feel like you're comfortable at the crease, you had to graft to stay
there and after Suzie [Bates] departed it was good to have Sara [McGlashan] and Nicola Browne
there to help the total go even higher.
"We really concentrated on bowling nice tight lines and we had them [South Africa] instantly
under pressure which I think helped to change their batting mindset. A couple of their players
looked in good form, including their captain [Mignon] du Preez but we were consistent and patient
and it worked in our favour."
Du Preez said her side had learned hard lessons. "We didn't take the chances that we created up
front when we were fielding. We missed out on removing Sophie Devine for 11 and she made us
pay a heavy price for that. Our lines and length were wrong and the fielding was not at our best.
Losing wickets in clusters also prevented us from forming partnerships and all those things
combined were our downfall."
Australia 175 (Haynes 39, Yousuf 3-30) beat Pakistan 84 (Maroof 43, Coyte 3-20, Ferling 2-10) by 91
runs
A strong bowling performance, led by seamer Sarah Coyte, helped Australia beat Pakistan by 91
runs in a Group B match in Cuttack.
Set a target of 176, Pakistan's batting order crumbled as only two batsmen had scores in double
figures. Bismah Maroof was the only batsman to resist the Australian bowlers, scoring 43 of her
team's 84 runs. Coyte took three wickets, and was ably supported by medium pacers Ellyse Perry,
Holly Ferling and offspinner Lisa Sthalekar, who all took two wickets apiece.
Having chosen to bat, Australia did not get off to the best start, losing wickets regularly. A third-
wicket partnership of 44 runs between opener Rachael Haynes and Alex Blackwell stabilised the
innings a little before Blackwell was dismissed by Asmavia Iqbal. Coyte then added 45 important
runs for the seventh-wicket with Sthalekar (32) and remained unbeaten on 35.



Dhaka bowlers defend 137
Dhaka Gladiators 137 for 5 (Shah 43*,Taijul 2-24) beat Duronto Rajshahi 124 for 9 (Tamim 33,
Thomas 2-15) by 13 runs

Duronto Rajshahi bungled up another chase against Dhaka Gladiators, losing by 13 runs in
Chittagong. The holiday crowd was proudly behind Tamim Iqbal's Rajshahi for most of the
afternoon, but as they slid from 114 for 5 to 122 for 9, the packed house got fully behind the
Gladiators fightback.
In the two sides' previous encounter, Rajshahi had lost to Gladiators by the same margin, having
failed to chase 156.
Rajshahi required 33 from the last five overs but a great 17th over from Chris Liddle, in which he
got rid of the dangerous Chamara Kapugedera and conceded only three runs, changed the
complexion of the game. They took just 11 runs off the next three overs, stumbling as wickets fell
regularly.
The chase had begun promisingly, as Tamim went after Mashrafe Mortaza from the first over. His
18-ball 33 contained 30 runs in boundaries, including a straight driven six off Mortaza in the first
over. But Liddle, Alfonso Thomas, Saqlain Sajib and Mosharraf Hossain all took two wickets each,
and bowled tightly enough to defend 137.
The Gladiators achieved their modest score due to Owais Shah's patience and ability to keep his
off-field issues away from his game. Shah was unbeaten on 43 off 40 balls, having survived a
dropped catch at third-man. He smashed four boundaries, and a six over cover off Abul Hasan.
Apart from Shah, youngsters Soumya Sarkar and Anamul Haque promised much but couldn't
build on their starts. Sarkar batted a bit like Shakib, hitting a six and four boundaries in his 24-ball
30.
Rajshahi's young bowlers also impressed, especially Naeem Islam jnr and Taijul Islam who took
two wickets each, but their inability with the bat exposed the side's weakness. The loss was
Rajshahi's fourth in six games, while Dhaka remained in second position with five wins.



Kaushalya sets up historic win for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Women 244 for 9 (Atapattu 62, Kaushalya 56) beat England Women 238 for 8 (Gunn 52,
Jones 41) by one wicket

Until today, Sri Lanka Women had never beaten any of the big four sides - Australia, England,
India, and New Zealand. They chose to start with the biggest scalp of them all, on the biggest
stage of them all. There have been some huge upsets in men's World Cup history, but a defending
champion going down first match against one of the weakest teams has to rank on par, if not
above them.
The powerfully-built seam-bowling allrounder Eshani Kaushalya set up a nerve-shredder of a last-
ball result with an unrelenting assault, her strong forearms responding to her unshakeable belief,
and drilling boundary after boundary past, and over, helpless England fielders. The match had
been Sri Lanka's to lose, when they needed 97 runs to win with nine wickets remaining. But
England, having already fought back earlier with the bat, were up for another scrap.
They started striking, and Sri Lanka, known for losing steam after promising openings, started
falling apart. Even as her team-mates kept coming and going, Kaushalya, strapping shoulders and
arms to match, took Sri Lanka closer. The asking-rate was already more than a run a ball when
she came in at No. 6 with 82 more required. And it wasn't until her 11th delivery that she found the
boundary, when she swung Hally Colvin to the deep midwicket rope. She was on 3 off 10 before
the shot. She was to take 53 off her next 31.
A couple of straight sixes against the spinners arrived, followed by consecutive fours to wide
long-off against Arran Brindle. In the same over, the 46th, Brindle took out Sri Lanka's seventh
wicket. In the 47th, and her last, Katherine Brunt, the premier England fast bowler, conceded just
four. The asking-rate had touched ten when Kaushalya exploded, taking 16 off the 48th bowled by
Jenny Gunn. Gunn had top-scored for England with 52, but had put down Kaushalya on 10 at wide
long-on in the 43rd over.
Kaushalya made Gunn pay dearly for that drop and some low full tosses. A misfield at mid-on
produced three, and got Kaushalya on strike. She cracked three of the next four deliveries for
fours, targetting wide long-off and extra cover again. With 13 needed off the final two overs, Sri
Lanka were now ahead.
But the defending champions didn't give up. Danielle Hazell gave just four in the 49th, and took a
wicket, leaving Sri Lanka to get nine off the last over. Kaushalya came on strike second ball, and
promptly dispatched Georgia Elwiss over the deep square-leg rope. Kaushalya jumped for joy,
and the celebrations had started in the Sri Lanka camp.
On the third ball, Kaushalya mishit high in the air and rushed for a single, only for the bowler to
drop the catch close to the non-striker's stumps, and for England to put in a desperate,
unsuccessful appeal for obstruction. In her own desperation to earn the remaining run needed for
victory, Kaushalya charged up too far fourth ball and was run out for 56 off 41.
The wicketkeeper Dilani Manodara found backward point off the fifth ball as Charlotte Edwards
ordered every England fielder inside the circle. With a tie looming, Manodara got a good length
final delivery, sent it soaring over deep midwicket and went down screaming on her knees as her
team-mates mobbed her.
Although Kaushalya and Manodara got them over the line, it wasn't to take away anything from
the century-opening stand between Yasoda Mendis and Chamari Atapattu, the latter especially
surprising England with an aggressive mindset from the beginning. Pulling, driving, sweeping,
cutting, steering her way to 62 off 72, Atapattu brought the game alive again, after it seemed
England had escaped to a challenging score. The stage was set for the captain Shashikala
Siriwardene to be counted with a brisk 34, and for Kaushalya to perform the act of her career and
overcome England's second fightback on the day.
The first had been necessitated when, after being asked to bat, England were stuttering at 29 for 3.
Edwards had walked across to be bowled by Kaushalya, and Danielle Wyatt and Lydia Greenway
had gone leg-before to the tossed-up deliveries of Chamani Seneviratna. Brindle and Heather
Knight made thirties to steady things with several easy singles, helped by Siriwardene keeping
three, largely idle fielders in the deep on the leg side.
A needless run-out ended that partnership and brought Gunn to the middle. Gunn and the keeper
Amy Jones, debuting in place of the injured Sarah Taylor, pushed the score towards 200. England
took 79 off the final seven overs, helped by some big hitting from Brunt and Hazell. The late push
seemed to have given England enough cushion; Kaushalya was to push harder.



Sri Lanka's unwavering belief pays off
Belief. Faith. Both words figured prominently in the reactions of Sri Lanka Women captain
Shashikala Siriwardene and Player-of-the-Match Eshani Kaushalya. Even after England Women
recovered from 29 for 3 to a challenging 238, Siriwardene said she believed her batsmen could
achieve Sri Lanka's first win over one of the top four sides - Australia, England, India and New
Zealand. Kaushalya, whose defiant, hard-hitting 56 made victory possible, said despite Sri Lanka
losing batsmen regularly, she never lost faith that they would win.
"Our batting line-up is strong with our No. 10 being the wicketkeeper-batsman, so we always had
the faith," Kaushalya said. "So even though wickets were falling, the next person coming in was a
batter, so that faith I had."
Kaushalya had been dropped on 10 by Jenny Gunn. She said the let-off gave her further
assurance about it being Sri Lanka's day. "I believed today is a lucky day and I knew then we
would definitely finish the match."
Siriwardene called it a "very special day" and credited "team effort" for the win, something she
said had been lacking in the past from Sri Lanka. "We just wanted to keep them under 200 but
there were 39 extra runs [conceded]. But I knew that my players would finish it and I had the faith
in them.
"When we played against them in 2010 we lost by five runs, so again we always had the belief.
This is the highest run-chase for us for a victory, this is not easy. The main reason is the team
effort because out of the 11 there are seven-eight performers. That was lacking for us as a team.
So this has changed from today and hopefully that continues."
England captain Charlotte Edwards was left hoping for a quick turnaround after an embarrassing
defeat for the defending champions. Edwards had said in the run-up to the tournament that
defending the title successfully would be the crowning glory for her in an outstanding career, both
as leader and batsman. England left little to chance as far as preparation goes, turning up a
couple of weeks ago for a training camp in Pune.
Edwards looked gutted after the last-ball loss but was candid enough to say Sri Lanka were not to
be taken lightly as opponents. "We are bitterly disappointed, it is not the perfect start to the World
Cup," Edwards said. "I think a lot of credit has to go to Sri Lanka and how they played. I think we
had a decent score and we let it slip there in the end with a couple of dropped catches. It is not all
bad cricket from us but the credit has to go to Sri Lanka.
"They have been playing pretty good cricket, when we went over there two years ago they gave us
two good games of cricket, and it is not any surprise to me today because they have got some
talented players and unfortunately they have all come good on the same day. For the outsider
looking in, it is a huge upset and we have just got to come back strong here on Sunday [against
India] and hopefully go on and beat West Indies."
Edwards said it would not be difficult at all to get the team to pick themselves up. "I was very
pleased how we came back [with the bat] and how Amy Jones played on her debut. Probably the
bowling is a slight concern at the moment, especially the middle overs. It is hard to take wickets
over here. I thought we didn't field particularly well either so that is an area we need to work on.
We don't have long between games and I don't want to put pressure on the girls. We can beat
India in India and we got to believe in ourselves and come out here and do that."



Franchise coaches taste national set-up
While the South African players did their warm-ups on the first morning of the Wanderers Test
against Pakistan, someone not usually involved at national level was keeping an eye on them. The
Titans' coach Matthew Maynard observed proceedings as part of a new program which aims to
involve franchise officials in the national team.
All six local coaches will be invited to spend time with the national team during the series against
Pakistan as part of an information sharing exercise. During their time the coaches will attend
training sessions, go to team meetings and in Maynard's case, stay around for some of the first
day's play.
With three of South Africa's franchise coaches - Paul Adams of the Cobras, Geoffrey Toyana of
the Lions and Lance Klusener of the Dolphins - in their first season in the job, the national
management is also hopeful that involving the domestic coaches will make the transition from
franchise to international cricket smooth for players.
"We wanted to give our franchise coaches the opportunity to experience how things work at
international level," Gary Kirsten said. "This is about creating synergy between the international
and domestic platforms, and making sure information sharing happens continuously so that the
move from domestic cricket for the players is as smooth as possible.
"It's also an opportunity for the coaches to see how things operate at this level. The coaching
landscape is always changing and moving and it is important from our point of view to touch base
with the next tier and to share information and ideas."
Maynard is not a stranger to the international coaching scene. He was the England assistant
under Duncan Fletcher but has not been with a national team since 2007. He said he valued the
time given to him by Kirsten and has learnt things to take back to the Titans.
"It was a great experience for me to see the environment that Gary and Graeme have created
around the team. It makes it unsurprising that they have been so successful over a good period of
time. I picked up a good number of things in the way they prepare and how the environment
operates.
"It was great to see the intensity from the senior players during their practice sessions. Some of
the drills are nice and simple, they aren't complicated but they are expected to be done with great
precision and that is the attention to detail Gary brings to the set-up."
Kirsten's desire to expand the coaching set-up was also evident when he handed over reins of the
Twenty20 squad to his assistant Russell Domingo. Although Kirsten remains in charge of the
team and takes calls on selections, Domingo is the head coach in the shortest format.



Eagles hold on for thrilling draw
Matabeleland Tuskers 268 (Williams 69, Shafayat 51, Price 4-62) and 269 for 6 dec (Shafayat 53)
drew with Mashonaland Eagles 250 (Chakabva 79, Matsikenyeri 78, Meth 6-41, Querl 4-53) and 261
for 9 (Chibhabha 104, Chakabva 80*)

A fighting century from Chamu Chibhabha and an unbeaten knock of 80 from wicketkeeper Regis
Chakabva helped Mashonaland Eagles secure a draw in a thrilling finish against Matabeleland
Tuskers in Harare. Chasing 288, Chibhabha's wicket, which fell 14.2 overs before stumps on the
final day, sparked a collapse and Eagles slipped from at 192 for 4 to 218 for 7. Tuskers picked two
more wickets, the ninth in the last over of the match, but could not take the final one.
The match, over the course of four days, had been evenly contested, with no team scoring more
than 269 or less than 250 in any innings. After scoring 268 in the first innings, led by half-
centuries from Sean Williams and Bilal Shafayat, Tuskers had reduced Eagles to 55 for 5. Seamer
Glen Querl had done most of the damage, taking four of the five wickets. The captain Stuart
Matsikenyeri and Chakabva rescued Eagles with a 148-run stand, scoring 78 and 79 respectively.
The Eagles were eventually bowled out 18 runs short of their opponents' score, with
seamerKeegan Meth taking six wickets.
Tuskers put on a commanding batting performance in their second dig, with another fifty from
Shafayat, and decent contributions of 44, 44, 38 and 31 from four of their other top-order batsmen.
They declared on 269 for 6 on the final day, before a spirited chase from Eagles looked likely to
achieve the target. But left-arm spinner Williams turned the game around with three quick wickets,
and the match ended with Tuskers one wicket short of achieving a win.



Taylor leads Chittagong to easy win
Chittagong Kings 137 for 2 (Taylor 65*, ten Doeschate 41*) beat Khulna Royal Bengals 136 for 5
(Wessels 35, Enamul 3-28) by eight wickets
Chittagong Kings gave their boisterous home supporters some joy with an eight-wicket victory
against Khulna Royal Bengals. It was their first win at the MA Aziz Stadium, and only their second
in the tournament.
The packed stadium witnessed a battle of attrition as the Kings overcame a poor start to reach
their target of 137. The pitch offered low bounce as the game progressed, and Brendan Taylor
worked the ball around the bumpy outfield when it became difficult to loft it. Taylor, who steered
the Kings' chase with a half-century, captained team after Mahmudullah had asked the team
management for a break from the role.
Taylor hit seven fours and a six in his knock of 69 off 49 deliveries. Ryan ten Doeschate gave
Taylor valuable support with a 34-ball 41, and adding 93 runs for the third wicket. Legspinner
Samuel Badree and left-arm spinner Sanjamul Islam had taken a wicket each by the seventh over,
before the big partnership finished the game and gave the home supporters, who had patiently
waited for a win, a result to be happy with.
The Royal Bengals suffered their fifth defeat in seven games and have been without a win since
they left their home ground last week. Their openers Lou Vincent and Shahriar Nafees got out for
9 each, and they limped to 47 for 3 in the tenth over. Travis Birt and Riki Wessels added 41 for the
fourth wicket before Wessels, who top scored 35 off 32 balls, added another 33 with Daniel Harris.
The Royal Bengals' batsmen managed only nine boundaries in 20 overs, as the Kings bowled
tighter than they had in their last two matches. Enamul Haque jnr took three wickets after Rubel
Hossain and Shaun Tait had given the side a solid base with reasonable spells. The bowling
performance also masked the Kings' fielding errors: Kevon Cooper and Mehrab Hossain jnr
dropped a catch each.



Sana Mir wants improvement in shot selection
After the uncertainty surrounding their participation in the tournament and the venue of their
matches, Pakistan began their Women's World Cup campaign promisingly, but it did not last. They
restricted Australia to 175 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, but their batsmen did not make it
even halfway to the target.
Despite the World Cup being held in India, the favourites to win are defending champions
England, New Zealand and Australia. While India have the underdog billing, Sri Lanka and
Pakistan are rank outsiders. While Sri Lanka upset England to state they are not here to make up
the numbers, Pakistan started positively but their challenge fizzled out against Australia's
experience and tactics.
Neither captain expected a high-scoring affair on a low and slow wicket, and when Pakistan had
reduced Australia to 99 for 6 in the 29th over, they would have been hoping for a win against the
odds. The tail, however, came to Australia's rescue, as it does consistently. Sarah Coyte's
unbeaten 35 at No. 9 ensured Australia made it past 170.
"Our team bats from 1 to 11. We are quite confident about that," Jodie Fields, Australia's captain,
said. "As Sarah came out and had a partnership lower down the order, just proves that our batting
depth is great. I knew that if we got closer to 175, we could bowl to it."
Once they got to the desired total, Australia's all-round bowling performance helped them win
without much difficulty. While the Australian bowlers stuck to their plan of "bowling straight",
Pakistan's batters played too many rash strokes.
"It was a case of poor shot selection from our batters," the Pakistan captain Sana Mir said. "After
we lost early wickets, I would say when I got out, I think that was the turning point. We have to be
more disciplined, we have to be responsible, because we couldn't capitalise on all the hard work
done by the bowlers.
"The pitch was keeping low, no doubt about that. But there is no excuse for this kind of
performance [with the bat]. I hold myself responsible."
Mir, however, took positives from her team's bowling and fielding effort, which produced in four
run-outs. "I think this has been our best bowling performance till date against a top opponent like
Australia," she said. "The performance we produced with the ball and in the field is really
encouraging. If we can restrict Australia, we can restrict any team ... be it New Zealand or any
other."
While Australia will need to improve their batting against South Africa at the DRIEMS Ground on
Sunday, Pakistan will hope to challenge New Zealand at the Barabati. And it being a Sunday, the
Odisha Cricket Association will hope the security personnel don't outnumber the spectators in the
stands, like they did today

				
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