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What an impressive display by English women. 122 runs partnership in 12.3 overs.
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posted Jun 20, 2009
Wow, reading the match report it sounded like an awesome game, wish I'd watched it.
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yes well done england,and credit to mark lane the coach who took over in the ashes in oz. i think both taylors are good players,and sarah taylor is a very good keeper,lotte edwards has been and is still a major player also. on the bowling side marsh has looked a good spinner, although the bowling looked poor on a good wkt.the skills batting look better, k brunt needs to step up to the plate, to much width and full tosses,there are a lot of good things about there game but is still a shadow of mens cricket. bowl straight sunday and use that slope at lords....
I too was at the Oval, during the run chase there were plenty of pleasantly surprised viewers. I have watched loads of cricket in 5 countries from county grounds,village greens,State,regional, Test ,One day, 20/20. You judge on what go to see and having watched the womens game as well I'll tell you this;since the 1980's England VS Australia at North Sydney the game has come a long way. The batting and bowling is more skilled, more varied and more athletic than before. The fielding has improved hugely. This was a hugely entertaining game and played between the top womens teams a better spectacle than many of the mens games this tournament.The Aussies looked to have it until Taylor took command but it was close. The kiwis will be a challenge.Make no mistake they are a superior fielding outfit to any of the other sides. They have a dangerous top order , Bates and Watkins in particular and Ruck looks the most dangerous womens opening bowler I have seen in years.Against this England are a tough bunch too, not quite so good in the field. For me the bowling has no-one so destructively dangerous as Ruck but is consistently good , they will hope Marsh will make life difficult .With the likes of Colvin ,Shaw,Gunn ,they will look to keep up the pressure.Perhaps they will go with Guha this time ? England look better equipped in batting Edwards,Morgan and the Taylor sisters.Claire Taylor might repeat her semi-final heroics. Wait and see.Do yourself a favour watch the womens final.Watch it without bias and for what it is ;high quality sport.
Yeah Watkins is dangerous. She likes to make room and hit trough the off side.I thought that Indian bowlers like Gosami and others gave her too much room on the off side by bowling over the wicket. It would be better if a bowler goes around the wicket and give her no room to hit through square off the wicket on the off side.
GREYBLAZER. Your comments could apply to the kiwi mid-order too, give Browne an inch and she might take a four. Bates when in is a bit more rounded and could be the other key wicket. They might want to close Ruck out and wait for her to bowl the odd loose one. If she starts hitting the spot she is by far the biggest danger
"Please note: Fixtures are subject to change. "please note that a fixture is fixed by definition and cannot be changed.
'there are a lot of good things about there game but is still a shadow of mens cricket'.Obviously you are not talking about the England women's team being in the shadow of the mens team because that just doesn't make any sense. The mens team are so far in the shadow they must think the sun has disappeared completely. I have to say after 20 odd years of the men constantly disappointing me, apart from 2005 of course, it is so refreshing to watch the women who are the best team on the planet. Even if we lose Sunday we are still Ashes champions and World Cup champions. One of which the men have won once in about 20 years, the other we have never won. The men could learn a lot from those ladies.
Spoontown - there is a slight difference in the levels of competiton - there's only effectively 3 teams with a meaningful chance of winning World Cups in the women's game. So yes, if the men could find a way to wipe out professional men's cricket in the subcontinent, SA and the Windies, then they might have a hope of winning the World Cup too.That's not to take anything away from the performance on Monday - it was terrific stuff to watch. Just a shame that so few people with tickets actually bothered to turn up - it was a far better game than SL v Windies. And bunking off work was obviously not a problem for those people who came to the Oval on Monday afternoon for Ire v Pak. Their loss. Anyway, roll on tomorrow...Incidentally, I'm surprised that the ICC haven't taken the opportunity to grub a little more money by having a 3rd/4th place final for the two comps. You could have it at one of the smaller grounds like Canterbury or Leicester, which would allow more people to get to a World Cup match and in particular help spread the word a bit about the women's game.
comment by chaamjamal (U3059688)posted 3 Hours Ago"Please note: Fixtures are subject to change. "please note that a fixture is fixed by definition and cannot be changed. -------------Yep, chaamjamal, we've all noted that.Oh! btw - Yesterday my bathroom shelf was fixed to the wall, but this morning I unfixed it. I guess you must be thinking of the Beth Morgan type of fixture: once fixed at the crease, un-unfixable!
I must say that the semi final run chase was one of the best you can ever see, doesnt matter if its mens cricket, womens cricket or school cricket. Claire Taylor is the man. I bet the England womens team have a better chance in the Ashes than the current England "girls" team....
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