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CRICKET - Women25 Mar 2023

Emerging High-Performance Skills Camp begins today in Multan
Sports Bulletin Report MULTAN: A total of 27 women’s emerging cricketers will undergo skills and fitness training at the Inzamam-ul-Haq High Performance Centre, Multan, in the Emerging High Performance Skills Camp, which begins on 25 March. Over the course of the 13-day camp, these 27 players will train under the supervision of the academy coaches. The camp will be headed by former Test cricketer Mohsin Kamal and other academy coaches include Mauhtashim Rashid and Muhammad Kamran Hussain. This camp serves an opportunity to the coaches to work on the skills of emerging cricketers and identify players for the forthcoming ACC Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup to be staged in June this year. Head of Women’s Cricket, Tania Mallick: “Skill camps provide opportunities for young and emerging players to hone their cricketing skills under the guidance of experienced coaches. The camp will help identify and develop talented young players at the grassroots level, and can help in creating a pipeline of players for the national team. “The objective of this camp is to upskill the players so we are in a position to select a squad for forthcoming ACC Women’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup.” Names of Players: Aleena Shah (Peshawar), Amber Kainaat (Lahore), Anoosha Nasir ( Karachi), Areesha Noor (Lahore), Asma Amin (Faisalabad), Ayesha Bilal (Lahore), Ayesha Irfan (Lahore), Dua Majid (Lahore), Eyman Fatima (Lahore), Fatima Khan (Lahore), Fatima Shahid (Lahore), Gull Feroza (Lahore), Gulrukh (D.G.Khan), Lubna Behram (Lahore), Maham Manzoor (Karachi), Maham Tariq (Karachi), Najiha Alvi (Karachi), Neha Shermeen (Karachi), Sadaf Shamas (Lahore), Saima Malik (Quetta), Saiqa Riaz (Lahore), Shawaal Zulfiqar ( Lahore), Syeda Aroob Shah ( Karachi), Syeda Masooma Zahra (Karachi), Umm-e-Hani (Lahore), Yusra Amir (Karachi) and Zunera Shah (Karachi) Supporting Staff: Mohsin Kamal (head coach), Muhammad Kamran Hussain (assistant coach), Mauhtashim Rashid (fielding coach), Shakir Qayyum (regional coach), Asiya Khan (manager), Rabia Siddiq (Physiotherapist), Mohammad Usman Shahid (Performance Analyst) and Ramzan Silachi (Strength and Conditioning Coach)

CRICKET - Women17 Mar 2023

Sri Lankan Chamari  Athapaththu invited to play in Hong Kong
BIPIN DANI Sri Lanka's women's team captain Chamari  Athapaththu who recently played the women's exhibition matches in Pakistan will now be playing the Cricket Hong Kong FairBreak Invitational 2023 tournament next month, it is learnt. The tournament is scheduled to be held at the Kowloon Cricket Club (Hong Kong) between April 3 and 16. The 33-year-old batting all rounder was a part of the tournament last year, when it was held in the UAE. "So far, she is the only player from Sri Lanka to have been a part of the tournament", one of the top sources in the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed. Interestingly, 90 women cricketers from 36 countries are to take part in this tournament. The tournament has the backing of Cricket Hong Kong and the FairBreak Invitational is another step towards greater recognition and the development of the outstandingly talented players in Asia also from the UAE, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Bhutan, Kuwait and Hong Kong. Another aspect of this tournament is that all players and the umpires will be provided the sunglasses by Blenders Eyewear for their use. Founded in 2012 in San Diego California by Chase Fisher, Blenders is a leading American eyewear brand that manufactures sunglasses, snow goggles and prescription eyewear.

CRICKET - Women11 Mar 2023

Amazons Women beat Super Women by 33 runs to win the series 2-1
Sports Bulletin Report RAWALPINDI: A punishing century by Chamari Athapaththu was not enough to prevent Amazons from registering a 33-run victory over Super Women in the third match that gave them a 2-1 series win in the Women’s League exhibition matches at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Athapaththu hit a strokeful 107 not out from 60 balls featuring 12 fours and six sixes as Super Women finished at 185 for eight after being set a 219 runs target. Athapaththu raised her half-century from 32 balls with six fours and three sixes, while she reached three figures from 57 balls with 11 fours and six sixes. Athapaththu put on 90 runs for the third wicket with Iram Javed, who contributed 35 from 29 balls with four fours and a six. The Sri Lanka captain dominated the 40-run fourth wicket stand with South Africa’s Sune Luus, whose contribution was six from five balls with one four. The only time the left-hander was outshone was when Pakistan opener Muneeba Ali scored 12 of the 17 runs for the first wicket with three fours. For Amazons, Fatima Sana took three for 34, while Danni Wyatt bagged two for 43. While Super Women belted 24 fours and seven sixes in their reply, Amazons smashed 30 fours and six sixes to collect 218 for six after electing to bat first for the third successive time in the series. Amazons captain Bismah Maroof followed up her scores of one and 73 not out with a well-crafted 51 not out to top-score for her side. Her 32-ball innings included six fours and a six. Together with Tammy Beaumont, Bismah put on 67 runs for the third wicket. Tammy’s contribution in this stand was a 26-ball 39 with five fours and a six. England’s Danni Wyatt, who scored 22 and 97 in the previous matches, hit 43 at a strike-rate of 215 with seven fours and two sixes and provided her side a 65-run start in less than six overs with Eyman Fatima (19, 16b, 4x4). Maia Bouchier and Fatima Sana finished the innings like it started. Bouchier hit three fours and a six in a 10-ball 21, while Fatima’s seven-ball 17 not out included four fours. Scores in brief 3rd match – Amazons beat Super Women by 33 runs, win series 2-1 Amazons 218-6, 20 overs (Bismah Maroof 51 not out, Danni Wyatt 43, Tammy Beaumont 39, Maia Bouchier 21, Eyman Fatima 19; Aimen Anwar 2-40) Super Women 185-8, 20 overs (Chamari Athapaththu 107 not out, Iram Javed 35, Muneeba Ali 12; Fatima Sana 3-34, Danni Wyatt 2-43, Player of the match: Danni Wyatt (Amazons) 1st match - Super Women beat Amazons by eight wickets Match 2 – Amazons beat Super Women by 41 runs

CRICKET - Women10 Mar 2023

Amazons Women outplay Super Women by 41 runs to level Series 1-1
Abdul Jabbar Faisal RAWALPINDI: A couple of notable performances Danni Wyatt (97 runs) and Anum Amin (4 for 17) guided Amazons Women to overcome Super Women by 41 runs to level Series 1-1 in the second exhibition match here at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Friday. The Amazons set a huge target of 205 runs in the stipulated 20 over for Super Women. A great and magical bowling by Anum Amin, who claimed 4 vital wickets after conceding just 17 runs in her 4 overs, supported her side to restrict the opponents to 163 for 9 in 20 overs. Laure Winfield-Hill was top-scorer with 00 runs, which was not enough for Super Women to reach the mammoth target of 205 runs, as she lasted just 42 balls and hammered 11 boundaries and three huge sixes. Another major contributor batter was Iram Javed with 28 runs with over 100 runs strike-rate. She hit a couple of sixes during her 27 balls innings. Chamari Athapathuthu scored 17 off 17 balls including three fours. Anum Amin (4 for 17), Fatima Sana (2 for 38), Danni Wyatt (1 for 17) and Ghulam Fatima (1 for 32) were the wicket taker bowlers for the Amazons. Earlier, Amazons women’s Captian, Bismah Mahroof won the toss and decided to bat first on a day pitch of the Pindi Stadium. They posted 204 for 3 runs total on the board in 20 overs per innings fixture. Danni Whyat and skipper Bismah Marhroof put 137 runs for the second wicket to consolidate the position, as the opener batter Eyman Fatima lost her wicket in the very first over of the match on the 2 runs total. He was caught by Winfield-Hill on the bowling of Lea Tahuhu at mid-on boundary. Danni Whyatt hammered 97 runs, as she lasted only 45 balls including 17 fours and three huge sixes while captain Bismah played an unbeaten inning of 73 runs. She smashed 11 fours during his 51 balls innings. Other major contributors were Tess Flintoff (14) not out and wicketkeeper batter Tammy Beaumont with 13 runs. Tuba Hasan got 2 while Lea Tahuhu claimed a solitary wicket for Super Women. Danni Whyatt said in her post-match comments: “I am happy with my performance but unfortunately I could not complete my century, as I was trying my best to add maximum in the team’s total, as the fielder took a nice catch. It was a good track for batting and the weather was good too. I enjoyed the cricket in Pindi and we will try our best to win the last match to win the three-match Tie.” Laure Winfield-Hill said: “We missed a lot of things and on this pitch 180 total would be reachable for us. We should restrict opponents to around 180 runs. Although we managed a good start and at one stage we were in a position to win the match, however, the left-arm spinner bowled very well and snared 4 batters during her spell of 4 overs”.    Summarized Scorecard: Amazons beat Super Women by 41 runs Amazons Women (Batting) 204 for 3 runs in 20 overs Danni Wyatt 97 runs (45 balls, 4x17, 6x3), Bismah Mahroof 73 runs not out (51 balls, 4x11, 6x0), Tess Filntoff 14 runs not out (7 balls, 4x1, 6x1) Super Women (Bowling): Lea Tahuhu (1 for 28), Tuba Hasan (2 for 34) Super Women (Batting) 163 for 9 in 20 overs Laure Winfield-Hill 80 runs (42 balls, 4x11, 6x3), Iram Javed 28 runs (27 balls, 4x0, 6x2), Chamari Athapathuthu 17 runs (17 balls, 4x3, 6x0) Amazons Women (Bowling): Anum Amin (4 for 17), Fatima Sana (2 for 38), Danni Wyatt (1 for 17), Ghulam Fatima (1 for 32) Player of the Match: Danni Wyatt (Amazons) Amazons Women (Playing XIs): Danni Wyatt, Eyman Fatima, Bismah Mahroof (captain), Tammy Beaumont (wicketkeeper), Maia Bocheir, Aliya Riaz, Tess Flintoff, Fatima Sana Khan, Nashra Sundu, Anam Amin, Ghulam Fatima Super Women (Playing XIs): Muneeba Ali Siddiqui (wicketkeeper), Chamari Athapaththu, Nida Dar (captain), Sune Luus, Iram Javed, Umme-Hanni, Tuba Hasan, Lea Tahuhu, Syeda Masooma Zehra Fatima, Sadia Iqbal, Laure Winfield-Hill  

CRICKET - Women08 Mar 2023

Super Women outclass Amazons by 8 wickets in an exhibition fixture
Sports Bulletin Report RAWALPINDI: Super Women outclassed Amazons Women by 8 wickets in an exhibition fixture that was played at Pindi Cricket Stadium on the occasion of World Women Day under the banner of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday. A sparkling half-century by South Africa’s Laura Wolvaardt and an all-round performance by Nida Dar helped Super Women to defeat Amazons by eight wickets. Wolvaardt scored 53 not out and Nida Dar followed her three for 25 with the ball with 23 not out with the bat as the two batters put on 68 runs for the unbroken third wicket to help Super Women achieve the 132-run target with more than four overs to spare. Wolvaardt belted a six to reach her half-century and also take her side home. Her 36-ball knock also included six fours, while Nida scored almost run-a-ball 23 with a four. In pursuit of a 133-run target, opener Muneeba Ali and Chamari Athapaththu put on 39 runs for the first wicket before the latter departed after scoring a rapid 23 from 13 balls with four fours and a six. Muneeba then added 31 runs for the second wicket with Wolvaardt before joining Athapaththu in the dressing room after scoring a 27-ball 33 with six fours. Nashra Sundhu and Anam Amin took a wicket each, conceding 18 and 23 runs, respectively. Earlier, Amazons, electing to bat first, were off to a flying start of 46 in 5.3 overs before they lost their way and ended up at 132 for nine – thanks to a 35-ball 38 by top-scorer Aliya Riaz.  The Pakistan all-rounder hit three fours and a six before she was smartly run-out by Chamari Athapaththu from extra-cover when the Sri Lanka captain had one stump to aim. England duo of Tammy Beaumont and Danni Wyatt equally struck eight fours between them as they matched each other stroke by stroke. The partnership ended when Beaumont’s 18-ball 24 innings was ended by Syeda Masooma Zahra. Three balls later, Wyatt fell to a good reflex action catch by Sadia Iqbal off Nida Dar as Amazons slipped from 46-0 to 49-2. The dismissal of the two openers opened floodgates from both ends as the Amazons failed to overcome a disciplined and accurate bowling by the Super Women and continued to lose wickets at regular intervals. Maia Bouchier (18 off 15) and Fatima Sana (13 off 10) were the only middle-order batters who helped their side to reach 132 for nine. For Super Women, Nida was as effective, economical and successful as ever when she returned figures of three for 25, while Tuba Hasan also impressed with figures of two for 18. Syeda Masooma Zahra, Umm-e-Hani and Lea Tahuhu picked up one wicket apiece. The second match of the three-match series be played on Friday and will start at 2pm. This match will be followed by the Peshawar Zalmi-Multan Sultans fixture in the HBL PSL 8 and will commence at 7pm. Tickets for the men’s match will be valid for the women’s fixture. Summarized Scorecard: Amazons Women Batting (132 for 8 in 20 overs) Tammy Beaumont 24 runs (balls 18, 4x4, 6x0), Sadia Iqbal 22 runs (balls 18, 4x3, 6x0), Aliya Riaz 38 runs (balls 35, 4x3, 6x1), Super Women (Bowling): Lea Tahuhu (1 for 24), Syeda Masooma Zahra (1 for 15), Nida Dar (3 for 25), Umm-e-Hani (1 for 16), Tuba Hassan (2 for 18) Super Women Batting (Target 133 runs in 20 overs) Muneeba Ali 33 runs (balls 27, 4x6, 6x0), Chamari Athapaththu 23 (balls 13, 4x4, 6x1), Laura Wolvaardt 53 runs not out (balls 36, 4x6, 6x1) Nida Dar 23 runs not out (21 balls, 4x1, 6x0) Amazons Women (Bowling): Anam Amin (1 for 30), Nashra Sandhu (1 for 23) Player of the Match: Nida Dar

CRICKET - Women07 Mar 2023

10 foreign women to participate in exhibition matches: Tania Mallick
BIPIN DANI Sri Lanka's women's team captain Chamari Athapaththu (or for that matter no other women's team player from Sri Lanka) could not get a chance to play in the Indian Women's Premier League, but has been invited to play the Women's League Exhibition matches in Pakistan. This was revealed by Tania Mallick, the Head of Women’s Cricket, PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board). Speaking exclusively over the telephone from Rawalpindi on Monday morning, she said, "Chamari Athapaththu is one of the foreign participants to play these matches here".  "We are in the process of hosting the Women's Premier League in Pakistan and look out the window for it. These exhibition matches are the rehearsals". The 35-year-old batting all rounder Chamari reached Pakistan on Sunday night. "After a long journey from Colombo to Islamabad, she reached here late night yesterday (Sunday) and is not a part of the training session on Monday but will be practicing from Tuesday". "We have three matches to be played on 8th, 10th and 12th March", Tania Mallick added. "Total of 10 foreign players from seven Test playing countries (England, Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Ireland and New Zealand) are participating. Chamari is a part of the Super Women team. The only other Asian player Jahanara Alam (Bangladesh) is also in the same team playing against Amazons team", she added. "In these exhibition matches only two teams are participating but there will be more in the Women's Premier League", another PCB spokesperson hoped. 

CRICKET - Women01 Mar 2023

Bismah Maroof steps down as Pakistan captain
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE: Bismah Maroof has stepped down as Pakistan women’s national team captain but will remain available for selection as a player, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced today. Bismah was named as Pakistan’s all-format captain in September 2017 and has had the best win/loss ratio amongst all the regular players to lead the country in One-Day Internationals (1.000) and T20 Internationals (0.843). Under her leadership, the ODI team played 34 matches and won 16, while the T20I side won 27 of 62 matches. Bismah Maroof said: “It has been an honour for me to captain my country and I feel fortunate to have led an incredible and hardworking bunch of cricketers. It has been one exciting ride, which has been full of highs and lows, but, at the end of the day, I will always be thankful to Almighty for providing me this opportunity. “With the new ICC Women’s Championship cycle in its initial stages and the 2024 T20 World Cup more than a year away, I think this is the right time for me to step down and help so we have a smooth transition. “I am looking forward to continuing to play as a player and playing my role for the team.” Chair of PCB Management Committee, Najam Sethi said: “I congratulate and thank Bismah Maroof for her services as the captain of the national women’s side. “Bismah has been an inspiration for millions of girls and has been a catalyst for a positive change. With her immense dedication and hard work, she has shown that women can continue to follow their passions and dreams”.

CRICKET - Women27 Feb 2023

Australia surge to sixth T20 World Cup title with clinical performance
Sports Bulletin Report Newlands (South Africa): Australia sealed their sixth ICC Women’s T20 World Cup title with a clinical 19-run victory over hosts South Africa at Newlands. Beth Mooney’s 74 not out anchored Australia's innings with a series of impressive shots, but the holders will have felt their 156 for six was below par in Cape Town. South Africa struggled to get going in response, the pressure of the home crowd perhaps weighing on them, before a 55-run partnership between Laura Wolvaardt and Chloe Tryon gave them hope. But it was not to be as serial winners Australia discovered their ruthless streak again to close out another World Cup final. Having chosen to bat, Australia made a steady start even as a sold-out Newlands roared on each dot ball. Alyssa Healy survived a review for LBW off the final ball of Shabnim Ismail’s first over but she could not withstand the pace and height of a Marizanne Kapp delivery, departing for 18 having sent a comfortable catch to Nadine de Klerk on the edge of the inner circle. Ismail made the wicket count double as she bowled a maiden over to Mooney, but Ashleigh Gardner found her groove having being promoted up the order, hitting back-to-back fours off Nonkululeko Mlaba, before smashing two sixes in a row from two De Klerk deliveries. By the halfway mark, Australia had reached 73 for one and it was up to Kapp to stop the scoring, not conceding a boundary in the 11th over. Gardner departed an over later, attempting to go down the ground but instead finding Sune Luus, who ran round to take a fine diving catch on the boundary. Australia continued however, as, even with Grace Harris at the other end, Mooney took on the power hitting, scoring back-to-back boundaries with innovative shot placement. Harris got her customary boundary before she was bowled attempting a swipe at a delivery that kept low from Mlaba to leave Australia in the balance at 103 for three after 14.1 overs. Lanning then departed for 10 as Tryon was the next to take a fantastic diving catch on the boundary, but Mooney released the pressure three balls later as she brought up her fifty with a four, becoming the first woman to hit two half-centuries in T20 World Cup finals, having also done so in 2020. Smart running and regular boundaries helped Australia past 150 but Ismail restricted them to not much more than that, dismissing Ellyse Perry for seven before getting Georgia Wareham the very next ball. Tahlia McGrath dealt with the hat-trick ball to end Australia’s innings with a single to set South Africa 157 to win. Where heroes were needed for South Africa, only hesitancy was found, with Brits the first to go for 10 from 17 thanks to McGrath’s steady pair of hands. Wolvaardt showed a sign of things to come as she hit Jess Jonassen for a six but Australia reeled them back in as Kapp mistimed an attempted big shot off Gardner to go for a run-a-ball 11. With 10 overs gone, South Africa had made 52 for two and matters were about to get worse as Luus ran herself out with poor calling. Big hitter Tryon emerged into the middle and she made a world of difference as she and Wolvaardt soon returned to the cauldron of Newlands noise it had been earlier in the day. A wayward over from McGrath went for 14 before Wareham was pumped for 15 with Wolvaardt then bring up her fifty with a beautiful shot, reaching the milestone of 43 balls. Gardner calmed Australia down, conceding only six runs, as Megan Schutt then delivered the sucker-punch, dismissing Wolvaardt LBW, the opener trudging back to the dugout having given South Africa hope with her 61 from 48. Two wickets in three balls crushed South Africa’s chances as Tryon was bowled by Jess Jonassen for 25 before Anneke Bosch was run out for one. With 26 needed off the final over, the crowd quietened as smart bowling from Player of the Tournament Gardner sealed a third T20 World Cup title in a row. Newlands rose to cheer Australia as they celebrated adding another trophy to their cabinet and another reason to be considered the greatest team in the history of women’s cricket. Australia beat South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town by 19 runs Australia 156/6 in 20 overs (Beth Mooney 74 not out, Garnder 29; Shabnim Ismail 2/26, Marizanne Kapp 2/35) South Africa 137/6 in 20 overs (Laura Wolvaardt 61, Chloe Tryon 25; Ashleigh Gardner 1/20, Jess Jonassen 1/21) Player of the Match: Beth Mooney (Australia)

CRICKET - Women25 Feb 2023

Match Officials for ICC T20 World Cup final announced
Sports Bulletin Report Dubai (UAE): Kim Cotton will oversee her second consecutive ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final on Sunday after being named as one of two on-field umpires for the showpiece between South Africa and Australia. New Zealander Cotton will be joined by Jacqueline Williams, with both fresh from standing in this week’s thrilling semi-finals. Cotton umpired in Australia’s five-run victory over India, with Williams taking charge of South Africa’s six-run win against England which took the Proteas into their first ever ICC World Cup final. The pair will be supported by TV Umpire Suzanne Redfern, who carried out the same role in the first semi-final, and fourth umpire Nimali Perera. GS Lakshmi is in place as the match referee for the final, which begins at 3pm local time at Newlands.

CRICKET - Women20 Feb 2023

T 20 World Cup: New Zealand thrash Sri Lanka to boost semi-final hopes
Sports Bulletin Report Paarl (South Africa): New Zealand crushed Sri Lanka by 102 runs in Paarl to ensure Group 1 at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will go down to the wire. Suzie Bates and Amelia Kerr combined for a second wicket stand of 110, their nation’s third-highest ever at the tournament, to lift their side to an imposing 162 for three. Sri Lanka were meek in reply, rolled for 60 to end their hopes of progression to the semi-finals, suffering the second-biggest defeat in T20 World Cup history in the process. The White Ferns got the big net run rate swing they desired, meaning they climbed into second with South Africa facing Bangladesh on Tuesday in Group 1’s final game. New Zealand preached positivity in the lead-up and Bernadine Bezuidenhout epitomised that approach, crushing a series of fours through the leg side when the bowling was too straight. She raced to 32 from 20 balls but played one shot too many off Achini Kulasuriya, spooning a catch to Chamari Athapaththu at mid-off. Bates and Kerr dropped anchor with the former picking up where she left off in the win over Bangladesh, piercing the field beautifully with the first two balls of the ninth over. The pair didn’t score at an express pace but Kerr chose Athapaththu’s 13th over to accelerate, cover driving for four and then whipping through square leg to make it 93 for one. Sri Lanka’s fielding was lacklustre - Bezuidenhout was given two early reprieves, Nilakshi de Silva shelling an easy chance to get Bates and a point blank run-out missed later on. Kerr brought up her maiden T20I half-century off 40 balls and Bates her 24th in the closing stages. The White Ferns rattled along to a fine total despite Bates being stumped for 56 and Kerr run out for 66 in the final over. Sri Lanka coasted to 22 without loss in reply before capitulating. Harshitha Samarawickrama holed out to deep midwicket off Eden Carson’s off-spin and then Bates took a stunner running back from mid-on to dismiss 17-year-old Vishmi Gunaratne for a duck. Nilakshi de Silva swiped at a yorker and was clean bowled for a duck to leave Sri Lanka floundering on 24 for three. Athapaththu briefly remained among the rubble but the hammer blow came when the captain was trapped in front by Amelia Kerr, given not out on field, a decision overturned on review. The collapse continued when Anushka Sanjeewani chopped onto her stumps off Lea Tahuhu and the quick got another in her next over when Kavisha Dilhari patted to extra cover. 18-year-old Fran Jonas struck in her first over, bowling Oshadi Ranasinghe for three, and Sugandika Kumari was skilfully run out by Bezuidenhout at 48 for eight. After a brief resistance from Malsha Shehani and Inoka Ranaweera, the former was bowled by the outstanding Amelia Kerr and Achini Kulasuriya not batting due to injury.