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c5 highlights had to resort to showing dot balls and commenting on the pressure.this is not a spectator sport I'm afraid and I really want it to be.Sarah Taylor is a cricketer of rare skill though and frankly just watching her masterclass behind the stumps is a joy.not too many drops so at least the catches are getting taken even if the ground fielding is poor.
women's cricket is going nowhere.there are moments of good and the very odd moment of brilliance but there is so much average and quite a lot of poor.NZ fielding was poorer than village cricket and why would you televise that.it does matter that's it's the best of the women's game it much worse than 2nd 11 county cricket and no cares about that.it's embarrassing it has air time
"England's bowlers were relentless. New Zealand could learn a lot from the way England play. They were totally outplayed."That sounds spookily like comments about NZ's men in the 1970s. And look at them now.
David @44I almost agree. I don't mind Boycott though, not many commentators round the world are truly objective. Bending over backwards to be nice to the opposition is annoying, & anyone trying too hard to be neutral can become bland & dull.GWS "Sir" Geoff.Sorry I missed this match. England have good mental discipline & this sounds like an object lesson in getting & keeping control.
Herbie @41Can the BBC create a Misogynists' 1940s sports section please. Placing this poster on the same platform as normal people is laughable.
Re 38, your are right re wishing Geoff Boycott well. However, in journalism one should be fair and NOT supporting one team. If one is supporting the home team one's objectivity as a reporter or broadcaster is totally lost. The late Tony Crozier was embarrassing in the way he always sided with the West Indies (where he came from).
Well done, England. A great series win. It is a pity for them that their performance will be overshadowed by everything that is happening at the World Cup. Everything has to stop for football, a pity but I suppose a WC happens only every four years and England only advance so far only so often. Well done to England ladies, football is NOT the ONLy sport.
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Can the BBC create a Woman's sports section please. Placing this on the same platform as the men's game is laughable.
Well done as ever to the England Womens team. Played against Kathy Brunt when she played for BarnsleyOn a different note best wishes for a speedy recovery to Geoff Boycott
Excellent Game, much better entertainment than watching 22 men chase a ball around a pitch in Russia
well done to england women!,also i would like to wish geoffrey boycott all the best in his recovery!, what a batsman he was & how england could use 1 or 2 of his type in the current test set up!, also a brilliant summariser, tells it like it is no matter who or what the situation & openly pulls for england & has no truck with this neutral rubbish on tms!.
I think England (the ECB) need to be bold - have Women's T20 games on double-header bills with Men's T20 games; keep stadia full for longer surely?
The issue with women's vs men's cricket is not about whether you like it or not, nor the relative standard, but that the BBC posts headlines on it's cricket page that put the two games on an equal footing. I cannot count the times I see a headline along the lines of 'England thrash India' before realising that it's not what I thought it was, but something completely different.
Worth pointing out to those who make comparisons to village cricket that Sarah Taylor has played A grade men's domestic cricket in Australia and has played for the Sussex 2nd XI at home.Or put another way - you don't know what you're talking about.
@22 ClodhopperI agree about Sarah Taylor. She makes leg side stumpings that would elude Bairstow or Buttler, but there are better keepers than them in the counties. However she is exceptional and a joy to watch. Gillespie thinks she is special too.
My of view of all the snide remarks and down arrows to positive comments is that it just goes to show the extent to which all this crash bang, bat dominating tosh has skewed what cricket should be - and at it's best is - about. We get from the women's game - due to the relative lack of power - the intelligent component lost to the men's game, finding the gaps and rotating strike. Agree #22
To those who think that international Women's (not "Ladies") cricket is below the standard of a pub/village team can I suggest you go and watch a match instead of criticising from the sidelines?New Zealand were disappointing opposition but as someone else posted, they have to have jobs to support themselves so cannot train full time as our women players can.
Decent crowd. Looks like they managed around 300 people.
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