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Cricket - 04. March 2009.

Runaway win completes World Cup preparations


Australia’s Southern Stars have completed their preparations for the ICC Women’s World Cup with a runaway win over Sri Lanka at Manly Oval this afternoon.


The world’s top-ranked team was far too strong for Sri Lanka in the last match for both teams before the start of the World Cup on Saturday, making 7-284 before bowling their opponents out for 54 in the 25th over.


“Despite the ease of the win, it was still good to have another hit out in match conditions today after Monday’s win against England,” Australia captain Karen Rolton said.


“We’ll still learn some things from today’s game. We should have made more runs but overall we bowled and fielded well and I think it was pretty solid hit out.


“We’ll now use training over the next couple of days to fine tune our game so that we’re ready to go for the start of our World Cup campaign on Sunday against New Zealand.”


Batting first, Alex Blackwell and Leah Poulton got off to a quick start with a partnership of 99 for the first wicket before their stand ended with Poulton’s stumping for 49 off 52 balls. Blackwell (56 from 51) then retired soon after reaching her half century to ensure players down the order received time in the middle.


Jessica Cameron (42 off 33) and Jodie Fields (59 not out from 57) used their opportunity well with excellent contributions, while Rene Farrell’s (23 from15) late hitting helped guide Australia to an imposing 7-284.


Sri Lanka’s batters were never a match for the Australian attack and were bowled out for 54, with Southern Stars opening pair Emma Sampson (2-10) and Sarah Andrews (2-12) leading a dominant effort with the ball. Delissa Kimmince was the other multiple wicket taker with 2-12 from six overs as Australia cruised to any easy 230-run win.


Australia will play its first match of the ICC Women’s World Cup against New Zealand at North Sydney Oval this Sunday.


Tickets to ICC Women’s World Cup matches start at just $5 and a tournament pass can get you into all matches for only $35. For further information on the ICC Women’s World Cup, visit www.cricket.com.au/wwctickets.


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