Two Sussex players were involved in the England Women’s Ashes test match. Wicketkeeper Sarah Taylor made 29 in England’s first innings, before taking a stunning catch at the wicket to dismiss Elyse Villani during Australia’s reply. Australia’s innings was all about Ellyse Perry’s masterful 213 not out and left England with a lot to do just to save the match. A 190-ball 41 not out from Georgia Elwiss helped make sure that they did. Georgia had chipped in earlier in the match with a first innings 27, and bowling figures of 1-40.
Meanwhile, matches in the Bangladesh Premier League have come thick and fast. Jofra Archer has contributed to two victories for the Khulna Titans. Opening the bowling, Jofra’s 2-25 off four overs helped set the Titans up for a six wicket victory over the Sylhet Sixers in Sylhet on Wednesday. The Titans made it back-to-back wins on Sunday as they defeated the Chittagong Vikings at Dhaka by 18 runs. Jofra made a quick fire 11 off four balls at the death during the Titans’ innings, before returning figures of 1-30 off four overs and helping prevent the Vikings reach their target.
Luke Wright made 56 off 39 deliveries at the top of the order for the Rajshahi Kings during their run chase against the Sixers last Tuesday. His efforts were in vain, however, as the Kings fell 34 runs short of victory. Luke was not available for matches against the Rangpur Riders and Comilla Victorians on Saturday & Sunday after picking up an injury.
Turning our attention Down Under, George Garton was summoned on Friday to join up with the England squad ahead of their final warm-up match before the Ashes gets underway. After the completion of the match in Townsville, Queensland, George will be reunited with the England Lions for their training camp in Brisbane and Perth.
Delray Rawlins came up against Sussex teammate Ollie Robinson in the New South Wales Premier Cricket first grade tournament on Saturday. Representing Sydney CC, Delray bowled 25 overs against Ollie’s St. George CC and picked up 2-86. One of those wickets was Ollie himself, as Delray pinned the seamer in front for 14 batting at number seven in his first appearance for St. George. Ollie will get his chance for revenge when Sydney bat on day two of the match next Saturday.
Delray also turned out for Sydney on Sunday, playing two T20 matches against Mosman in the Poidevin-Gray Shield, a competition for under-21s. Mosman were victorious in the first encounter, with Delray bowling four wicketless overs for 31 runs and scoring 11 runs off 10 deliveries at number three. He was more successful in the second match, nabbing 3-21 and hitting 37 off 22 balls to help Sydney to a two wicket win.
Talking of Mosman, Abi Sakande has now arrived in Australia and should be available for selection for ‘The Whales’ next weekend. Michael Burgess departs for Adelaide on Tuesday, where he will be playing for Adelaide University CC in the South Australian Premier Cricket competition.
Filling the gap left by the aborted T20 Global League, South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge got underway this weekend. David Wiese was in action on Sunday, playing for the Titans against the Highveldt Lions at Centurion. In a match reduced to 15 overs-a-side by rain, David was restricted to two overs with the ball. That was enough time to pick up the wicket of current South African international, Dwaine Pretorius. David wasn’t required to strap on his pads as the Titans cruised to an eight-wicket victory.