Women’s Ashes: Heather Knight and Nat Sciver hit fifties in England intra-squad warm-up match | Cricket News

Knight scores 57 and Sciver 71 as the England women’s team beat England A by ten games in a rain-affected Ashes warm-up match. Vice Captain Skipper tracks her half century with three wickets. England will play England A in two T20 matches on Sunday before heading to Adelaide on Monday before the Ashes Series

Last update: 1/15/22/9:28 AM


Heather Knight (left) and Nat Skaver (right), who are pictured playing against New Zealand last summer, prepared for the women’s ashes after half a century

Captain Heather Knight and vice captain Nat Skever hit a half-century as the Women’s England scored a 10-game win over England A in a rain-affected warm-up match in Canberra.

England kick off their campaign in the Ashes against cup holders Australia with their first international T20 in Adelaide next Thursday – the multi-form series consists of three T20s, one Test match and three one-day internationals.

In a warm-up match that was scaled back to 35 games on Saturday, England’s first team scored 193-6 against the England A, with Knight scoring 57 from 65 balls and Sciver scoring 71 goals from 71 deliveries.

Middle-ranked opener Lauren Winfield Hill (24) and Sophia Dunkley (15 no) also made doubles but Tammy Beaumont (6), Amy Jones (9) and Danny White (2) fell cheaply.

Lauren Bell demanded three wickets for England A, including Seaver, while Kirsty Gordon, Beth Langston and Sarah Glenn were on strike.

Sciver follows 50 with three small distances

England A had a good grip in the chase, putting Georgia Elwes (33) and Alice Capsi (44) 73rd for the fifth wicket, but were eventually sent off for 183 in the final.

Sciver followed her feats off the bat by taking 3-28 from 5.2 overages, while Sophie Ecclestone took her left arm 3-24 and thread Anya Shropsol 2-32.

Sciver picked up three wickets after getting a score of 71

Sciver picked up three wickets after getting a score of 71

The two teams will face each other again on Sunday in two T20 matches, before the players travel to Adelaide on Monday before the Women’s Ashes kick off later next week.

Knight: Ashes Prep “Comedy”; Corona virus causes ‘concerns’

An unnamed member of backroom staff will remain in Canberra after testing positive for Covid-19, while the rest of the tour group members will undergo another round of PCR tests before charter travel.

On Friday, Knight said there were “concerns and concerns” in the camp over the positive test.

Knight also lamented the fact that the ash build-up in England had been ‘rather comical’ and ‘fairly average’ due to the strict coronavirus restrictions, since landing in Australia but also before they left home.

The captain said: “The previous period was very average. Two weeks before we left England we were only able to train as individuals and with our families.

“We had mothers feeding bowling machines, boyfriends and girlfriends tossing. Fathers hitting and any family member or family supporting our training.

“As you can imagine, it was very comical and it was also not an ideal setting for a series of this magnitude but it was completely inevitable.”

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