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FutureStarrWomen's Premier League - Harris and Ecclestone Rewrite the Record Books
Grace Harris hit an unbeaten 59 off 26 balls to spearhead UP Warriorz' remarkable comeback against Gujarat Giants in the Women's Premier League. The Aussie power-hitter found a formidable partner in Sophie Ecclestone as they combined for 70 runs in unbroken partnership en route to victory.
Next year in Munich, Ecclestone, 83 years old, faces a bribery trial and the legal ramifications from selling 47 percent of Formula One to CVC eight years prior threatens to derail the sport.
On Sunday, Harris hit an amazing 59 not out to lead UP Warriorz to a thrilling three-wicket victory against Gujarat Giants in the Women's Premier League. She finished with only one ball left to spare as UP chased down their target of 170 with ease.
UP needed 19 off the final over to secure victory, and Harris kept her cool under pressure to hit an unbeaten 59 not out off 26 balls. Her innings was one of UP's cleanest in recent memory, giving them their first win of the tournament.
Australian opener Ashleigh Gardner hit three consecutive fours and a six as she guided UP to an historic score of 63 in the final four overs, setting a new record for women's T20 runs chased. It also marked the highest run-chase score ever achieved by any Australian opener in T20 game history.
Alyssa Healy, who finished with a seven-run innings, praised her Australian counterpart's carefree approach. "Full credit to Grace and our lower order in particular," she said.
Annabel Sutherland needed 20 off the final over to secure victory for UP. In her debut for the Warriorz, the Australian opener hit two fours and two sixes to make 59 not out - also hitting a boundary - to help UP secure their first win of the season.
She has now reached a career-best strike rate of 125. That is an exemplary figure for an all-rounder and it ranks second in the WPL this year.
It was an impressive innings from a player who has returned to the top of her game after an extended absence. She is known for hitting the ball hard, making her one of the most dangerous batsmen in the world at present.
Kim Garth became the first player in WBBL history to secure five wickets, taking 3 in the opening over and then returning again during middle overs to complete her 5-wicket haul as Gujarat Giants easily defeated UP Warriorz by 7 wickets on Sunday.
She has played 51 T20s for Ireland and was named their Player of the Decade in 2021. Since moving to Victoria in 2020 to further her career, she has gained residency and qualified for Australia through this process; thus, she will join a 15-player squad for their T20I series against India next month.
Garth has been unexpectedly included in Australia's team that will depart for India on December 4th to play five Twenty20 Internationals against the women's world champions. She joins Sydney Thunder batting prodigy Phoebe Litchfield as they search for options ahead of the 2023 T20 World Cup in South Africa.
Her debut for Australia came against India in Mumbai, where she impressed with her bowling as Australia cruised to a nine-wicket victory to claim their first T20I match. Additionally, she hit a match-winning hundred during Sydney Thunder's opening WNCL match of the season.
UP Warriorz started their chase with Alyssa Healy and Shweta Sehrawat as they attempted to score enough runs to pass the 170-run target. But their openers could not capitalize on their strengths, and eventually were dismissed for just 169 runs. Harleen Deol and Sabbhineni Meghana were the only other players who made an impact with bat, with Deol scoring 46 off 32 balls while Meghana made 20 off 19 balls.
Deepti Sharma made history on Wednesday by becoming the first Indian to take 100 T20I wickets - her match-changing spell helping India defeat West Indies by six wickets to win Group 2 at Cape Town, South Africa. Her remarkable performance secured victory for India over West Indies by six wickets.
Deepti was the star of the show with the ball, smashing through West Indies' attack to finish with figures of 3/15 as India restricted them to 118 for six. She claimed crucial wickets such as Stafane Taylor (42) and Shemaine Campbelle (33) plus Afy Fletcher (0), helping India chase down their 119-run target with 11 balls left to spare.
India have now won two of their three matches at the World Cup, joining England at the top of Group 2. This marks India's first victory against Windies in this tournament.
Deepti and Punam Raut's opening partnership saw her score an incredible 188 runs to become the second highest Indian women's ODI score ever, surpassing Belinda Clarke's unbeaten 229 against Denmark during the Women's World Cup of 1997.
She has filled in for Smriti Mandhana in this tournament and been an important member of India's top order. Her 188 against Ireland on Monday was an amazing display of attacking cricket.
Her performance against the Windies marked a welcome return to form for her and has earned her the purchase of UP Warriorz ahead of WPL 2023. It is testament to her fearlessness with the ball that she was able to take crucial wickets that sealed victory for her team.
At the Basin Reserve during a 2022 Women's Cricket World Cup group stage match against New Zealand, Australian allrounder Ashleigh Gardner played an impressive innings of 48 not out from 18 balls and took 3/15 for her side. It was an imposing 141-run victory and she deservedly got all the credit; winning both the most wickets by a woman award as well as player of the tournament.
She has been one of Australia's most exciting players to watch since making her maiden international appearance against New Zealand last year. A keen learner, she has managed to balance professional life and personal commitments successfully. Additionally, Laura Marsh - Australia's highest profile batsman - gave her her endorsement. With numerous awards under her belt including MVP recognition and inclusion into All Stars squad selection, she proves herself to be an unstoppable force with bat and ball. Undoubtedly one of Australia's best T20 players!
Ecclestone has been a fixture on the English domestic circuit for some time, making her ODI debut in July 2016 and taking 16 wickets during her first tour to India with the England academy. She made her Test debut the following November and since then has been an important member of England's Women's World Cup squad, taking 100 international wickets while winning Lancashire Cricket Board young player of the year accolade.
She is now the highest-ranked bowler worldwide across all three formats. She boasts impressive economy and scoring acumen, and her father believes she could have pursued any other sport had she not chosen cricket as her chosen career path. With such talent and skill set, it is clear why she has become such a success;
As a child, she enjoyed playing both football and cricket equally; however, it was the latter which won out and led her to Alvenley in Helsby where she made her junior debut in 2016. With brother James also playing cricket for Alvenley, who taught her both sports - their partnership being instrumental in her decision to pursue cricket full time - as well as other sports in general.
The 23-year-old now holds a place in England Women's Team for the 2020 Women's World Cup, which takes place in February 2020. She is expected to take on the role of captain and lead them during their opening group matches against New Zealand and Australia.
England have shown remarkable resilience since being on the brink of elimination in this tournament, reaching their fourth final in six years with Danni Wyatt hitting an amazing century. Despite suffering through batting collapses in three matches, they kept on trucking and today were rewarded with victory against South Africa who were in fine form until Sophie Ecclestone took them apart.