Women's cricket comes of age at the World Cup

09 July 2017 - 00:00 By The Daily Telegraph

Bat is dominating ball in this year's Women's Cricket World Cup, and England opener Tammy Beaumont predicts that a total of 300 or more will be successfully chased down.
England and South Africa piled on a combined total of 678 at Bristol this week as the hosts recorded a 68-run victory as records tumbled.
Sarah Taylor and Beaumont's 275-run second-wicket partnership was England's highest stand in one-day internationals (ODI), while South Africa's spirited 305 in response was the highest second innings total in women's ODI history.
Beaumont, who returned to form with 148, said: "I personally think in this World Cup we will see 300 runs chased down.
"I think recently the standard of women's cricket has gone through the roof."
Such scoring is a reason why this tournament is one of the most visible and well-supported World Cups to date, though spare a thought for the bowlers' hard toil.
Katherine Brunt admitted that bowling on such flat tracks can be "scary" stuff, and that bowlers must find consolation in containment rather than taking wickets.
Brunt said: "My job is to do one thing or the other: take wickets or contain, or perfectly do both. Even though it's not gone with the wickets I've been able to contain and put on the pressure for the next partnership of bowling."
She added wryly: "My job is pretty rubbish really. I have to bowl in a Powerplay at the beginning, go away and have a bit of a rest and then come back when I'm stiff 20 overs later in another Powerplay.
"It's hard work - you have two fielders out on good tracks with lightening outfields and great batsmen. It's pretty scary and daunting stuff."
England are in a commanding position to secure qualification from the eight-nation group stage to the semifinals after recovering from their opening loss to India with three consecutive wins.
Lauren Winfield, working her way back from a wrist injury, is the only batsman in England's top order not to weigh in with a considerable knock and in this department the hosts look formidable.
England will stay in Bristol where they face holders Australia tomorrow, and can draw level on points with the old enemy with a win. England's net run-rate is also the best in the competition, which could dictate final placings if teams are level on points.

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