Women's World T20 Warm-Ups
Lanning secures warm-up win
Skipper defies slow surface to top score before Aussie quicks fire ahead of World T20 opener against Pakistan
Laura Jolly at Providence Stadium
7 November 2018, 11:58 AM AEST
A captain’s knock from Meg Lanning and brilliant performance from Australia’s fast bowlers has led them to a 46-run win over South Africa in their World T20 warm-up clash in Guyana.
With the match an invaluable opportunity for Lanning’s team to take a look at the Providence Stadium ahead of the tournament opener against Pakistan on Friday (Saturday morning AEDT), Australia were in early trouble at 4-38 before a brilliant 92-run stand between the skipper and her deputy Rachael Haynes propelled them to 4-130 from their 20 overs.
The Proteas batters found the conditions similarly tough going in reply and regular wickets fell as the Australians, led by an exciting display from uncapped fast bowler Tayla Vlaeminck, restricted their rivals to 9-84 from 20 overs.
After electing to bat first in conditions completely unfamiliar to both teams, Australia found themselves in early strife when Proteas speedster Shabnim Ismail rattled the stumps of first Alyssa Healy and then Ashleigh Gardner in the space of three deliveries.
And when Elyse Villani spooned a simple catch to Sune Luus off the bowling of quick Marizanne Kapp, the Australians were in big trouble at 3-8 after 2.3 overs.
Opener Beth Mooney dug in as she and Lanning started to rebuild the Australian innings, but neither found scoring easy and the score crawled to 3-38 after 10 overs before Mooney was bowled by leg-spinner Luus’ first delivery.
Triple figures looked a long way away for the Southern Stars at that point, but Lanning and Haynes game together in a game-turning, unbeaten stand.
The pair put on 92 runs from just 59 balls, Lanning leading the way once she adjusted to the tricky conditions, scoring the sole six of the innings and reaching the rope on eight occasions as she finished on 65no from just 51 deliveries. Haynes was a rock-solid ally at the other end, finishing unbeaten on 29 from 27.
Lanning tossed the new ball to Vlaeminck to start the Australian innings and the 20-year-old struck with her first delivery, removing the dangerous Lizelle Lee.
Much like the Australian top-order, the South African batters found it tough to score on the slow surface. Robyn Searle inched her way to 9 from 29 balls before she was bowled by Delissa Kimmince and Laura Wolvaardt fared similarly, scoring 8 from 17 before skying a catch off Ellyse Perry.
Luus (11), Mignon du Preez (13) and Chloe Tryon (14) were the only Proteas to reach double figures as South Africa ended their 20 overs on 9-84.
Guyana has a reputation for suiting the spinners, but it was the Australian and South African quicks who had the biggest impact.
Kapp (1-15) and Ismail (2-19) led the way for the Proteas while Vlaeminck bowled with pace and proved near-unplayable at times, finishing with 2-10 from four overs, impressing alongside Perry (1-3 off two) and Megan Schutt (0-2 off two).
In her second game back from knee surgery, left-arm spinner Jess Jonassen bowled well in her three overs to finish with 3-11.
Australia fielded 14 members of their 15-strong squad for the warm-up game, with allrounder Sophie Molineux sitting out due to a minor soft-tissue injury that is not expected to rule her out of Friday’s tournament opener against Pakistan.
South Africa skipper Dane van Niekerk also missed the match due to illness.
Australia’s clash with Pakistan will begin at 4pm Friday local time (Saturday 7am AEDT).
Fox Sports will broadcast every match of the Women’s World T20, while the Nine Network will televise Australia’s matches.
2018 ICC Women's World T20
Australia squad: Meg Lanning (c), Rachael Haynes (vc), Nicole Bolton, Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy (wk), Jess Jonassen, Delissa Kimmince, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Elyse Villani, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham
November 9: Australia v Pakistan, Province Stadium, Guyana
November 11: Australia v Ireland, Province Stadium
November 13: Australia v New Zealand, Province Stadium
November 17: Australia v India, Province Stadium
November 22: Semi-finals, Sir Vivian Richards Ground, Antigua
November 24: Final, Sir Vivian Richards Ground