Three Sussex Sharks have been in Test match action over the past seven days. Sussex’s returning overseas player for the 2020 Vitality Blast Rashid Khan played his fourth Test match last week as Afghanistan lost by nine-wickets to West Indies in Lucknow, India. In his second Test as captain, Rashid scored one in Aghanistan’s first innings of 187 all out. The leg-spinner bowled 32 overs in West Indies’ reply of 277 all out, picking up 3 for 114, before making one run again as Afghanistan were skittled for 120. That left West Indies needing 31 for victory, a total they chased for the loss of one wicket with Rashid bowling two overs for eleven runs.
Jofra Archer took 1 for 75 from 28 tight overs on a flat deck in Hamilton as England bowled first in the second and final Test against New Zealand. He made eight as England scored 476 all out to secure a 101-run first innings lead and with a day to go has bowled seven overs for 19 runs in the host’s second innings. Jofra will be hoping to take quick wickets alongside his fellow England seamers to try and engineer a winning position for England on Monday night.
Travis Head had a very quiet Test for Australia against Pakistan in the day-night Test at Adelaide. Not that he will mind given the home side’s dominance. Travis did not bat as David Warner’s triple century helped the home side to a mammoth first innings total of 589 for 3 declared. Pakistan were then bowled out for 302 and, following on, 239 to hand Australia victory by an innings and 48 runs. Autralia’s next appointment is another day-night Test, against New Zealand at Perth starting on Thursday 12th December.
Two more Sussex players were also playing Down Under last week. Danni Wyatt played her final Big Bash matches of this year’s tournament, finishing her time with Melbourne Renegades in style and making sure her team progressed to the last four. On Wednesday, Danni made a new personal high score for the Renegades for the second time in this year’s BBL. She smashed 87 off 55 balls as Brisbane Heat were comfortably beaten by six-wickets and with an over to spare. Earlier, she had taken the new ball and bagged 2 for 26 as well as executing a run out as the Heat scored 183 for 4.
The Renegades won again on Saturday, beating Melbourne Stars by six wickets with one ball remaining. Danni took none for 16 in her two overs as the Stars scored 162 for 4 batting first and was run out for six off two balls during the Renegades’ successful chase.
A third win of the week followed on Sunday against Sydney Thunder in the Renegades final match of the group stage and Danni’s final match of the tournament. The England star made sure she left on a high by scoring 44 off 31 balls and bowled one over as the Renegades recorded a 29-run win to book their spot in this Saturday’s semi-finals. Danni, however, will now join up with England ahead of their series against Pakistan in Malaysia that begins on Monday 9th December. She finishes her 2019 Big Bash League with 468 runs, four fifties, an average of 39 and a strike rate of 132.
In Victoria Premier Cricket, Luke Wells made his mark on the Southern Bayside T20 competition in Melbourne. The left-hander scored an unbeaten 72 as his Bonbeach team romped to a ten-wicket win over Chelsea in the competititon’s second round of matches Tuesday. On Saturday, Luke led his Casey-South Melbourne side in the first day of their two-day match against Camberwell Magpies. Luke bowled 17 overs and took 1 for 54 as Camberwell were bowled out for 315 with 11 balls of their 96 over limit. He will have an opportunity with the bat next weekend when the match concludes.
🔴⚪️ ROUND 8 REVIEW vs Camberwell Magpies 🔴⚪️— Casey South Melbourne CC (@CaseySthMelbCC) December 2, 2019
The rain stayed away and all grades had good days in the field. The Fourth XI has already taken home first innings points.
Big week ahead for the batsmen who are all on the hunt for some big scores. #SwansCricket #BetterForLonger pic.twitter.com/xRm1KgGeAx
Tom Haines was ruled out of his St. George team’s latest match in the New South Wales Premier Cricket competition through injury.
Meanwhile in South Africa, Ravi Bopara made two more appearances for Durban Heat in the Msanzi Super League. On Thursday, Ravi bowled two overs for 21 runs and took a catch as the Heat overcame Cape Town Blitz by seven wickets at Newlands. On Saturday, the all-rounder had the same bowling figures but from four overs this time as Durban bowled first against Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at Kingsmead. The Giants made a respectable 173 for 6 from their 20 overs, but the Heat made light work of the chase, completing a six-wicket win with seven balls remaining. Ravi hit the winning runs and finished on 18 not out. Durban Heat have matches against Paarl Rocks and Jozi Heat this week as they look to climb the table with three group games remaining.