Women’s Ashes: Heather Knight and Nat Sciver Make 50 in Team Preliminary Match | Cricket news

Knight scored 57 and Sciver 71 when the England women defeated England A by 10 runs in the rain-affected Ashes match; Vice-Captain Sciver follows her half-century with three goals; England will face England A in two T20 games on Sunday before flying to Adelaide on Monday before the Ashes series

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Women’s Ashes: Heather Knight and Nat Sciver Make 50 in Team Preliminary Match |  Cricket news

Heather Knight (left) and Nat Sciver (right), pictured here last summer playing against New Zealand, warmed up at Women’s Ashes for half a century

Captain Heather Knight and Deputy Nat Sciver struck half a century when the England Women recorded a 10-run victory over England A in the rain-affected Ashes match in Canberra.

England will launch its Ashes campaign against Australia’s trophy holders with the first international T20 player in Adelaide next Thursday – the multi-format series includes three T20s, one test match and three one-day internationals.

In the warm-up match, which was reduced to 35 overs per side on Saturday, England’s senior team played A 193-6 against England, with Knight hitting 57 out of 65 balls and Sciver being the best with 71 out of 71 deliveries.

Opener Lauren Winfield-Hill (24) and middle-class batsman Sophia Dunkley (15 no) also reached double-digit numbers, but Tammy Beaumont (6), Amy Jones (9) and Danni Wyatt (2) failed cheaply.

Seamer Lauren Bell scored three goals for England A, including Sciver, while Kirstie Gordon, Beth Langston and Sarah Glenn each went on strike.

Sciver follows fifty with three goals

England A played a decent fist when Georgia Elwiss (33) and Alice Capsey (44) scored 73 for the fifth goal, but were eventually eliminated for 183 in the final.

Sciver followed her batting success by taking 3-28 out of 5.2 overs, while left-handed spinner Sophie Ecclestone scored 3-24 and seamer Anya Shrubsole 2-32.

Sciver scored three goals after her score of 71

Sciver scored three goals after her score of 71

The parties will face each other again in two T20 games on Sunday before the players fly to Adelaide on Monday before the Women’s Ashes, which will start late next week.

Knight: Ashes prep ‘comic’; Covid caused “anxiety”

An unnamed backstage member will remain in Canberra after a positive test on Covid-19, while the rest of the team will undergo another round of PCR tests before departing via charter.

Knight said on Friday that there were “fears and anxieties” in the camp due to a positive test.

Knight also lamented that the accumulation of ashes in England was “comical” and “fairly average” due to strict coronavirus restrictions since landing in Australia, but also before they left home.

The captain said: “The lead was quite average. Two weeks before we left England, we could only train as individuals and with our households.”

“We had moms who fed bowling machines, friends threw ourselves in the sling. Dads batted and all family or household members supported our training.”

“As you can imagine, it was quite comical and also not an ideal preparation for a series of this magnitude, but it was absolutely inevitable.”

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