Australia A Suffer Narrow Loss in Series Opener
Australia A suffered a 16-run loss against India A in the opening 50-over clash at Allan Border Field in Brisbane today.
The hosts won the toss and elected to field with fast-bowler Belinda Vakarewa (2-50) breaking through early to remove opener Priya Punia (8).
Vakarewa had another wicket two overs later, with the dismissal of Dayalan Hemalatha (0) brought Veda Krishnamurthy (113) to the crease.
The Indian captain combined with opener Shafali Verma (124) for a 119-run partnership which gave the hosts the upper hand.
Spinner Molly Strano (1-29) showed good discipline with the ball and was rewarded with the big wicket of Verma, however Krishnamurthy carried on unfazed reaching triple figures at better than a run-a-ball.
Australia A captain Tahlia McGrath (3-48) led a late fightback with three wickets, India A finishing its innings 9-312.
It was a similar story for Australia A in reply with the hosts reaching 33 before Georgia Redmayne (20) was dismissed followed two overs later by Bridget Patterson (6).
McGrath and Heather Graham (27) came to the crease, the duo getting their side back on track with a 70-run partnership.
Graham soon found herself back on the sidelines, but McGrath was able to carry on with the support of all-rounder Annabel Sutherland (52).
Contributions from Australia A’s lower order including an unbeaten 32 to Strano got the home side within sight of victory but losing wickets at regular intervals halted their momentum, Australia A finishing its innings 9-296.
Australia A ODI Squad
Maitlan Brown, ACT
Erin Burns, NSW
Heather Graham, WA
Phoebe Litchfield, NSW
Tahlia McGrath (c), SA
Bridget Patterson, SA
Georgia Redmayne, QLD
Sammy Jo Johnson, QLD
Molly Strano, VIC
Annabel Sutherland, VIC
Belinda Vakarewa, TAS
Amanda-Jade Wellington, SA
Tahlia Wilson, NSW
Australia A T20 Squad
Maitlan Brown, ACT/Melbourne Renegades
Erin Burns, NSW/Sydney Sixers
Josie Dooley, QLD/Melbourne Renegades
Heather Graham, WA/Perth Scorchers
Phoebe Litchfield, NSW/Sydney Thunder
Tahlia McGrath (c), SA/Adelaide Strikers
Bridget Patterson, SA/Adelaide Strikers
Sammy Jo Johnson, QLD/Brisbane Heat
Molly Strano, VIC/Melbourne Renegades
Annabel Sutherland, VIC/Melbourne Stars
Belinda Vakarewa, TAS/Hobart Hurricanes
Elyse Villani, VIC/Melbourne Stars
Amanda-Jade Wellington, SA/Adelaide Strikers
Coach: Leah Poulton
Assistant Coaches: Dan Marsh, Shelley Nitschke, Ben Sawyer
12 December: 1st 50-over match, Australia A v India A, Allan Border Field, Brisbane
14 December: 2nd 50-over match, Australia A v India A, Allan Border Field, Brisbane
16 December: 3rd 50-over match, Australia A v India A, Allan Border Field, Brisbane
19 December: 1st T20, Australia A v India A, Bill Pippen Oval, Gold Coast
21 December: 2nd T20, Australia A v India A, Bill Pippen Oval, Gold Coast
23 December: 3rd T20, Australia A v India A, Bill Pippen Oval, Gold Coast