Connect with us

Cricket

Rene Farrell, Kristen Beams join Alex Blackwell in announcing WBBL retirements

Published

on


Rene Farrell, the former Australia fast bowler, joined Alex Blackwell and Kristen Beams in announcing her retirement from the Women’s Big Bash League following the exits of their sides from the latest edition of the T20 tournament on Sunday.

Sydney Thunder’s Blackwell, Australia’s most-capped woman cricketer, and Beams, who turned out for Melbourne Stars since the tournament took off in 2015-16, had announced their decision to finish up earlier, and Farrell joined Blackwell in a post-match guard of honour after the Thunder lost to the Melbourne Renegades in their last match of the season.

Farrell, 32, made her Australia debut in an ODI against New Zealand in Darwin in July 2007 and played three Test matches, 44 ODIs and 54 T20Is over the years, her last outing in national colours coming in March 2017, again in an ODI against New Zealand, in Mount Maunganui. She finished with 114 international wickets.

Though she won’t play in the WBBL again, Farrell will continue to play for New South Wales Breakers.

“I still have 50-overs cricket with the NSW Breakers. Hopefully I can go out on a high there like we did for Alex’s career and winning that [after announcing her retirement from state cricket last year],” Farrell, who picked up 79 wickets in 66 games for the Thunder over the years, said. “I have a bit of cricket left, [but this send off with Sydney Thunder] was really special.”

The Thunder website said that Blackwell had invited Farrell to join her in the farewell, joined by players from her team, as well as from the Renegades, Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat, who were all in action at Melbourne’s Junction Oval.

“It was lovely of Al [Blackwell] to invite me to enjoy that moment… very special,” Farrell said. “My reputation is gone now, I had a few tears on TV, but it is special.”

It wasn’t a particularly memorable outing for Farrell on the field, though, as she conceded 33 runs in four wicketless overs before scoring 14* in 12 balls in a 29-run defeat. Blackwell, too, didn’t have a good time of it, run out for 1 in the failed chase for the Thunder.

“I couldn’t have that send off without sharing it with her,” Blackwell said of the joint farewell. “She’s been an absolute legend of the game; really valuable – especially in T20. She’s a big loss, a wonderful character. She’s been an incredible servant of the game and it’s easy to get emotional when you think of her contribution.”

Beams, too, had a bad day at work, conceding 14 runs in her only over as the Heat beat the Stars by eight wickets. She picked up just wickets this season in eight bowling innings for the Stars.

“I’ve loved the last five years with the Melbourne Stars and being part of the Stars family,” Beams told the team’s website. “To see the WBBL grow from the first year of competition to what it is now has been a fantastic journey.”

The 35-year-old legspinner played one Test, 30 ODIs and 18 T20Is for Australia since making her debut in an ODI against Pakistan in Brisbane in August 2014, last turning out for the national team in an ODI against England in Coffs Harbour in October 2017. She picked up 62 international wickets, and was a one-team player at the WBBL, having been with the Stars since the start of the league.



Source link

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Cricket

Josh Philippe and Steven Smith guide impressive Sydney Sixers chase

Published

on



Aaron Finch struck his eighth T20 century – to go joint second in the all-time list – but the Renegades fell to another defeat



Source link

Continue Reading

Cricket

Back the Stars, bank on Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell

Published

on


January 25: Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat in Melbourne

Our XI: Marcus Stoinis, Chris Lynn, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Handscomb, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben Cutting, Ben Laughlin, James Pattinson, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Lamichhane

Captain: Marcus Stoinis

He’s been the Stars’ batting lynchpin this season, contributing in every other game and helping them to the top of the table. He also tops the batting chart with 590 runs in 13 games, so trust him to earn those 2x points for you.

Vice-captain: Glenn Maxwell

He is among the top run-scorers of the season and has been vital to the Stars’ success. The last time these two sides met, a Maxwell special – a 39-ball 83 – helped the Stars seal a thumping win.

Hot picks

Peter Handscomb

He did not have a great start to the season but hit form with an unbeaten 65 in the Stars’ previous game against the Adelaide Strikers. Although it came in a defeat, another batsman finding form is good news for the Stars.

AB de Villiers

The Heat still have the chance to make it to the playoffs and they will be turning to the experienced de Villiers to help them out especially in a pressure situation. He’s made just 69 runs in four games, but a typical AB innings cannot be far away.

Value picks

Ben Cutting: The big-hitter is a good all-round option to have in your side. He has nine wickets and 168 runs from 12 games and can swing the game if he gets in.

Adam Zampa: It was not that impressive a return to the Stars’ line-up from the India tour for Zampa, as he went wicketless for 38 runs. But he’s someone the side has depended on to rattle their opponents in the middle overs, and he picked up three crucial wickets the last times these sides met.



Source link

Continue Reading

Cricket

Look no further than Steven Smith and Mohammad Nabi

Published

on


January 25: Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Renegades in Sydney

Our XI: Aaron Finch, Moises Henriques, Steven Smith, Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi, James Vince, Josh Philippe, Ben Dwarshuis, Cameron Boyce, Tom Curran, Kane Richardson

NOTE: We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates.

Captain: Steven Smith

Smith comes in on the back of big runs in the ODI series n India, and based on evidence from Sixers’ last match, will probably bat at No. 3. That’s always useful, and in Sydney, you can count on him to be among the runs.

Vice-captain: Mohammad Nabi

Nabi could be a decent shout for captain too. He’s been in good form after being brought into the squad, both with bat and ball, and will play a central role in both halves of the match. Finch is back as captain and that’s a tactical boost for the Renegades in regard to how they can use Nabi.

Hot picks

James Vince

Vince is another offbeat shout for captain or vice-captain. He made an unbeaten 41 at No. 3 and then a 51 opening in the last match. One of the batsmen in form for the Sixers, and superb value as a top-order batsman on a pitch that isn’t easy to gauge.

Tom Curran

Curran is in a furious race with the Sydney Thunder’s Daniel Sams and the Adelaide Strikers’ Rashid Khan to be the highest wicket-taker of the season. With 19 wickets, he came one wicket off Sams’ 20 for the season after his last game. He has wickets in each of his last five innings, with two two-fors and a four-for.

Aaron Finch

Finch looked his brutal best in the ODI series against India and is coming back to a Renegades side that is now out of the race for the playoffs. There isn’t too much pressure on him or his team, and in this form, a free-flowing Finch can be valuable.

Value picks

Josh Philippe: The Renegades will miss out on Sam Harper’s services after he suffered a concussion, and have replaced him with rookie Brayden Stepien. Josh Philippe is therefore the primary wicketkeeping option in this fixture and brings both value and form – he made an unbeaten 52 opening the innings with Vince during the Sixers’ win last match.

Beau Webster: Webster continues to be the Renegades’ best batsman of the season (404 runs at 50.50, strike rate 137.88) and among the top run-getters overall. In his last outing, he got a fifty, and before that a 36. He rolled his arm over too against the Hobart Hurricanes, but the runs and his form alone are enough value.

Point to note

Keep a close eye on the Strikers’ match on Thursday. Should they lose, the Sixers will have the opportunity to finish on 19 points and seal second place on Friday, which gives them an extra shot at the finals.



Source link

Continue Reading

Trending