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Maiden ODI ton for Wyatt; Clark in England U19 action; Bopara's Heat on a run plus Archer, Wells & Robinson

Danni Wyatt may have bid an early farewell to the Women’s Big Bash League but her purple patch continued during England’s first ODI against Pakistan in Malaysia in the early hours of Monday morning. Opening the batting with Tammy Beaumont, Danni went on the attack blasting an 86-ball century as part of a 188-run opening partnership. It was her maiden ODI hundred and continues a run of form that saw her hit 468 runs at a strike rate of 132 in 14 innings for Melbourne Renegades in this year’s Big Bash. England went on to make 284 for 6 from their 50 overs; a total that proved well-beyond Pakistan who were all out for 209 inside 45 overs. England can secure victory in the three-match ODI series with a win in the next match on Thursday.

Hundreds for Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made sure New Zealand secured a draw on the final day of New Zealand’s second and final Test against England last Tuesday. Jofra Archer  bowled 12 overs for 27 runs to go with his One for 75 in the first innings. He has been named in England’s squad for the Test series against South Africa that begins later this month.  

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Tom Clark was in action for England under-19s as their tri-series against West Indies and Sri Lanka in the Caribbean got underway last week. England’s first match was against the hosts on Friday in Antigua. In a low-scoring affair Tom (22) was one of only two England batsmen to make it past 20 as they were bowled out for 128 in 30.4 overs to succumb to a 36-run defeat. There was a catch for Tom in West Indies’ innings of 164 all out.

England got their revenge by beating West Indies by 29 runs in their second match of the tournament on Sunday. Tom was England’s second top-scorer with a run-a-ball 34 in as England were dismissed for 169 batting first. West Indies could only manage 140 in their reply, with England securing victory in the 37th over of the innings. England play Sri Lanka on Wednesday in their next match.

There was one match for Ravi Bopara in South Africa’s Msanzi Super League last week. His Durban Heat side extended their winning run to three matches to as they beat Paarl Rocks by six wickets thanks mainly to a fantastic 97 from 55 balls for Alex Hales. Ravi bowled a singe over in the Rocks’ innings of 195 for 2 but wasn’t required to bat as the Heat made it home with seven balls to spare. The team have one group game left against Jozi Stars on Tuesday; a fixture that will be crucial in determining whether the Heat make it into Friday’s qualifier for Monday’s final.

On Saturday, Luke Wells was involved in a tight finale to his Casey-South Melbourne’s two-day match against Camberwell Magpies in Victoria Premier Cricket. Replying to the 301 for 9 that the Magpies made the previous weekend, Casey were bowled out for 301. Luke made seven at the top of the order. Luke is next due in action when Bonbeach take on Aspendale in the  third round of the Southern Bayside T20 competition on Tuesday. Casey-South Melbourne start their next match on Saturday, taking on Frankston Peninsula in a two-day match spread over the next two weekends.

Meanwhile, Ollie Robinson is in Cape Town on an ECB fast-bowling camp alongside Jimmy Anderson, Mark Wood, Olly Stone and Craig Overton. He will be hoping for a spot in the England Lions squad for the forthcoming tour of Australia that is due to be announced this week.

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