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Women’s Ashes: Heather Knight and Nat Sciver hit 50s in England intra-squad warm-up match |  Cricket News

Knight scores 57 and Sciver 71 as England Women beat England A by 10 points in Ashes warm-up match in rain; vice-captain Sciver follows his half-century with three wickets; England will face England A in two T20 games on Sunday before flying to Adelaide on Monday ahead of the Ashes series

Last update: 01/15/22 09:28

Heather Knight (left) and Nat Sciver (right), pictured here playing against New Zealand last summer, warmed up for the Women’s Ashes with half-centuries

Captain Heather Knight and assistant Nat Sciver scored half a century as the England Women cruised to a 10-point victory over England A in a rainy Ashes warm-up match in Canberra .

England begin their Ashes campaign against trophy holders Australia with the first T20 international in Adelaide next Thursday – the multi-format series includes three T20s, a test match and three one-day internationals.

In a warm-up game reduced to 35 overs per team on Saturday, the senior England side went 193-6 against England A, with Knight hitting 57 from 65 and Sciver leading with 71 from 71 deliveries.

Flyhalf Lauren Winfield-Hill (24) and mid-order batsman Sophia Dunkley (15no) also made double digits but Tammy Beaumont (6), Amy Jones (9) and Danni Wyatt (2) fell cheaply .

Seamstress Lauren Bell took three wickets for England A including Sciver, while there was one strike each for Kirstie Gordon, Beth Langston and Sarah Glenn.

Sciver follows fifty with three wickets

England A made a decent fist from the chase, with Georgia Elwiss (33) and Alice Capsey (44) putting up 73 for the fifth wicket but they were eventually dismissed for 183 in the final.

Sciver followed up his exploits with the bat taking 3-28 on 5.2 overs, while left-arm spinner Sophie Ecclestone pocketed 3-24 and seamer Anya Shrubsole 2-32.

Women’s Ashes: Heather Knight and Nat Sciver hit 50s in England intra-squad warm-up match |  Cricket News

Sciver took three wickets after scoring 71

The teams will face off again in two T20 matches on Sunday, before the players fly to Adelaide on Monday ahead of the Women’s Ashes which start later next week.

Knight: Ashes prep ‘comic’; Covid has caused “anxiety”

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

Knight said on Friday there were “concerns and anxieties” in the camp because of the positive test.

Knight also lamented that Ashes’ England build-up had been “comical” and “pretty average” due to strict coronavirus restrictions, since arriving in Australia but also before they left home.

The captain said: “The preparation has been pretty average. Two weeks before leaving England we could only train as individuals and with our families.

“We’ve had moms feeding bowling machines, boyfriends and girlfriends hitting. Batting dads and any family member or household supporting our training.

“As you can imagine, it was quite comedic and not ideal preparation for a series of this magnitude, but it was completely unavoidable.”

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