Cricket news round-up – 8 July: Perry demolishes England, Ireland whitewash Zimbabwe, Wade replaces Khawaja

Cricket news round-up – 8 July: Perry demolishes England, Ireland whitewash Zimbabwe, Wade replaces Khawaja

Ellyse Perry Australia Women

Ellyse Perry’s devastating bowling helped Australia Women go up 6-0 in the ongoing Women’s Ashes; Ireland completed a clean sweep over Zimbabwe; and Australia’s injury woes in the 2019 World Cup continued as they had to replace Usman Khawaja with Matthew Wade just ahead of their semi-final.

Perry routs England Women

Ellyse Perry took 7/22 – the fourth-best figures in Women’s ODI history – to demolish England Women at Canterbury to help Australia Women pull off a clean sweep of the ODIs and go 6-0 up in the ongoing Women’s Ashes.

Asked to bat, Australia put up 269/7 thanks to a 109-run second-wicket in 96 balls stand between Alyssa Healy, who struck 68 in her usual cavalier fashion, and Meg Lanning, whose 69 was her first fifty of the series.

Assisted by Megan Schutt (2/21), Perry then reduced England Women to 21/6. They never recovered, and were bowled out for 75.

Ireland whitewash Zimbabwe

Ireland’s 6-wicket win at Belfast helped them complete a 3-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe. This also extended Zimbabwe’s horror run of ODI defeats to 5, following their 0-2 defeat in Netherlands just before the tour.

Batting first, Zimbabwe were quickly reduced to 31/3 by Tim Murtagh (3/39), then 88/6, before Sean Williams’ 67 helped them reach 190. Ireland’s chase was set up by an opening stand of 60 between Paul Stirling (32) and James McCollum (54), while William Porterfield (49) and Kevin O’Brien (35*) ensured there was no further hiccup.

Ireland won in the 42nd over.

More injury woes for Australia

Usman Khawaja had to retire hurt with a pulled hamstring during Australia’s chase against South Africa in the last league of the 2019 World Cup, at Old Trafford. Though Khawaja batted later, the injury has ruled him out of the rest of the World Cup, though he may be fit to play the first Ashes Test, starting August 1.

Australia have named Matthew Wade as replacement, though ICC is yet to confirm their request. Earlier this week, they had to replace the injure Shaun Marsh with Peter Handscomb.

County Championship Division 1 roundup

Powered by Robert Yates (91) and Sam Hain (66*), Warwickshire finished Day Three on 198/3 against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl. Kyle Abbott took 2/29. This was in response to Hampshire’s 539 (Aneurin Donald 173, Ian Holland 143, Olly Stone 5/93).

Tom Westley (52*) weathered the storm at Chelmsford to take Essex to 122/3. Earlier in the day, Simon Harmer (5/76) had help bowl out Yorkshire for 208.

Steven Davies (74) and Dom Bess (51) helped Somerset recover from 145/6 at Taunton. They were eventually bowled out for 326 at stumps, Luke Wood (4/85) and R Ashwin (3/93) doing the damage for Nottinghamshire.

Surrey finished the day on 244/6 against Kent at The Oval. Dean Elgar scored 63 and Sam Curran 44, while Ben Foakes is at the wicket with 57. Grant Stewart took 3/84 and Harry Podmore 2/31.

County Championship Division 2 roundup

Peter Horton’s 50 helped Leicestershire reach 124/4 at Grace Road to wrestle out a 7-run lead as Ben Raine took 3/29. Earlier in the day, Chris Wright (5/30) helped the hosts bowl out Durham for 117.

No Middlesex batsman reached 30 as Gloucestershire bowled them out for 172 at Northwood. Josh Shaw (4/33) and Ryan Higgins (3/52) did the damage. Gloucestershire were 59/2 at stumps.

Temba Bavuma (103) and Adam Rossington (76*) helped Northamptonshire reach 334/5 at stumps on Day One at Northampton. Graham Onions took 3/66 for Lancashire.

Twenty-four wickets fell on Day One at Kidderminster. First, Charlie Morris (4/26) and Joe Leach (3/33) bowled out Derbyshire for 109. But Luis Reece (4/30) and Fynn Hudson Prentice (3/27) gave it back, restricting Worcestershire to a 4-run lead. The Derbyshire openers saw off the day, finishing on 19.