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Chris Jordan finishes NZ series in style; century for Luke Wells; winning weekend for Danni Wyatt

After being rested for the third T20I, Chris Jordan was brought back for the fourth with England trailing 2-1 in their five-match series against New Zealand. After England amassed their highest T20I total of 241 for 3, CJ took 2 for 24, executed a direct hit runout and took a catch to help his side complete a 76-run win.

CJ celebrates

The all-rounders superb series continued in Sunday’s unbelievable deciding match. Rain reduced the game to eleven overs-a-side. Batting first New Zealand romped to 146 for 7, with CJ (2 for 28 from two overs) not the only bowler to suffer at the hands of the Kiwi batters. In reply, England managed to keep pretty close to the required rate, but that still left them needing 16 off the final over and thirteen off the final three balls. Enter CJ who hit a six, a two and a four to tie the match. That meant a super over (again!). England pummelled seventeen from their six balls before CJ – like his Sussex teammate Jofra Archer a few months previously – was asked to defend them. He gave away just eight runs and picked up the wicket of Tim Seifert to hand England the match and the series. CJ finished the series with seven wickets from his four matches, second only behind Player of the Series Mitchell Santner who took eleven in five appearances. The Sussex man also scored 48 crucial runs from two innings with a blistering strike rate of 218.18.

Luke Wells scored his first century of the Victorian Premier Cricket season as his Casey-South Melbourne side completed a comfortable victory away at Fitzroy Doncaster on Sunday. The match had been scheduled as a two-day fixture, but the abandonment of all play in the league on Saturday saw the game become a 50-over match on Sunday. Luke bowled ten tidy overs and took two catches as the home side made 220 for 8, before scoring an unbeaten 115 including four fours and eight sixes to see Casey to an eight-wicket win. Luke and his team start their next two-day match away against St Kilda this Saturday.

Danni Wyatt was part of a Melbourne Renegades side that won both its Women’s Big Bash League matches against Hobart Hurricanes at the Junction Oval in Melbourne last week. In a rare batting failure, Danni made five at the top of the order during the Renegades’ four-wicket win on Friday, but she bounced back on Saturday with an unbeaten 45 from 44 balls as her side secured an eight-wicket victory. Those wins elevated the Renegades to fourth in the table after eight games, tied on eight points with three over teams. Danni has 225 runs at an average of 37.50 and a strike rate of 114.79 from her eight innings in this year’s competition. The Renegades travel to Sydney for their next match against the Sixers on Friday, before returning to Melbourne to take on Brisbane Heat on Sunday.

Danni Wyatt

Tom Haines was part of a St George side that played the second day of its two-day New South Wales Premier League match with Fairfield-Liverpool on Saturday. Fairfield made reasonably light work of surpassing St George’s 325 all out from the previous weekend, making 328 for 5 to take the victory on first innings scores. St George take on University of New South Wales in a 50-over match next Saturday.

Ravi Bopara is in South Africa playing for Durban Heat in the Msanzi Super League, but rain washed out their opening fixture against Tshwane Spartan. The Heat’s next fixture is against Paarl Rocks on Friday.

Travis Head is currently in action for Australia A in their four-day day-night match against the Pakistanis at Perth. At the time of writing on Monday morning, the tourists have reached 296 for 3 after winning the toss and batting. Travis has bowled 14 overs of off-spin, conceding 70 runs.

Travis Head