The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have opened their ICC Women’s World Cup campaign with a 135-run win against the West Indies in a warm-up match at MIG Stadium today.
Australian captain Jodie Fields won the toss and sent Elyse Villani (49) and Rachael Haynes (61) in to open the batting. They built a solid partnership of 95 runs before Villani was retired, with teams permitted to play up to 15 players under the practice match conditions. Jess Cameron (62) wasted no time finding the boundaries, notching 10 fours as she anchored her side’s innings. The Australians rotated their batting line-up through the innings to provide as many players as possible with vital match experience ahead of the start of the official tournament. Lisa Sthalekar (59) and Jodie Fields (35) also contributed well to take their side’s total to 5-333 after 50 overs.
Ellyse Perry (2-36) spearheaded the Australian bowling attacking, taking two early wickets and putting the West Indies on the back foot early in their run chase. Deandra Dottin (52) proved the most troublesome with the bat, hitting four fours and five sixes before she was caught off a delivery by Megan Schutt (1-22). Merissa Aguilleira (32) also provided some resistance for the West Indies but it wasn’t enough to surpass the huge total set by the Australian side and they were all out for 198 after 44.3 overs. Lisa Sthalekar (2-42) was the only other multiple wicket-taker, while Holly Ferling (1-12) was also economical with the ball.
After the match Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars captain Jodie Fields said she was happy with her side’s start to their ICC Women’s World Cup campaign.
“It’s always good to get a win first up and we’re looking to follow that up with another dominant performance in our practice match against India tomorrow,” Fields said after the match.
“We will look to build on that momentum and we will take confidence from that win leading into our first official match of the tournament.”
The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will play their second and final practice match against India tomorrow (Tuesday) at Cricket Club of India (CCI).
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 will be staged in two Indian cities. All teams in Group B, including Australia, will play their Group Matches in Cuttack. The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will travel to Cuttack on Wednesday and play their first match of the tournament against Pakistan at Barabati Stadium on Friday.
Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick said her team was not perturbed by the late changes to the fixture.
“The opportunity to travel to another city during the ICC Women’s World Cup will broaden the experience for our players, particularly the new players in the squad who have not played in India before,” Fitzpatrick said.