Cricket News Mithali Raj Hits Fifty, India Women Take Unassailable ODI Series Lead Vs South Africa

first_imgNew Delhi: Mithali Raj led from the front with a brilliant 66 and she received great support from Punam Raut’s 65 and a blazing 39 from Harmanpreet Kaur as India Women’s cricket team took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against South Africa with a five-wicket win in the second match at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara. This continued India’s domination after they had won the six-match Twenty20 International series 3-1. South Africa put up a good show as compared to the first ODI but once again, India showed greater discipline with both bat and ball.India chose to bowl but Lizelle Lee and Laura Wolvaardt stitched a solid 76-run stand. Lee looked good for a fifty but she was sent back by Poonam Yadav. Wolvaardt notched up her fifty and she shared yet another fifty-plus stand with wicketkeeper Trisha Chetty. However, Shikha Pandey struck twice in couple of overs but South Africa still had some fight left with Mignon du Preez and Lara Goodall putting together a 59-run stand. Heading into the death overs, South Africa suffered a jolt Ekta Bisht removed both batters. South Africa ended up with 247/6, with Shikha Pandey, Bisht and Poonam Yadav taking two wickets apiece. Chasing 248, Priya Punia and Jemimah Rodrigues shared a solid opening stand but Rodrigues was caught and bowled by Ayabonga Khaka for 18. Punia struggled to get going and it was a far cry from her match-winning fifty in the first match and she was sent back by Shabnim Ismail. Raut and Mithali ensured that India did not suffer any other setbacks. Mithali and Raut rotated the strike and found the boundary when the opportunity presented itself. The 129-run stand put India on course for a win.Also Read | At 20 Years 105 Days, Mithali Raj Creates This New ODI Record As A Women CricketerHowever, Khaka and Marizanne Kapp got the wickets of Raut and Mithali respectively and South Africa sensed an opening. When Deepti Sharma was bowled by Khaka, South Africa were in the game but Harmanpreet Kaur struck a six and followed it up with two boundaries off Khaka as India crossed the line. The third and final match will take place at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara on October 14. The ongoing series is not part of the ICC Women’s ODI Championship. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

WG swimmers beat Auburn; McMahon wins at SCAC meet

first_imgImproving to 3-2-1 on the season, the West Genesee boys swim team traveled to Auburn last Wednesday night and emerged with a 93.5-76.5 victory over the Maroons.Things turned in the Wildcats’ favor when it won four consecutive races, starting in the 200-yard individual medley, where Keegan Scharoun prevailed in two minutes, 15.88 seconds.Then WG pulled off a couple of top-three sweeps. In the 50 freestyle, Nate Long took first place in 25.24 seconds, with Nolan Meritt second (26.23) and Greg Fey third (26.30).Ryan McMahon got his turn winning the 100 butterfly in 1:03.67 over Aidan Sperduti (1:06.14) and Cameron Chao (1:06.86), with Chao also finishing third in the 200 IM.Alex Shuron needed 53.76 seconds to prevail in the 100 freestyle, with Chase Foresti second (56.91) before Scharoun returned and beat the field in the 500 freestyle in 5:29.28.To close out the meet, McMahon, Chao, Shuron and Scharoun swam the 400 freestyle relay in 3:44.06, this after Shuron, Sperduti, Foresti and Dan Lounsberry swam the 200 freestyle relay in 1:44.50.From there, WG traveled to Nottingham Friday for the Salt City Athletic Conference championships, where the big highlight was seeing McMahon go 1:01.71 to pull away and win the 100 breaststroke, more than two seconds ahead of Fulton’s Mark Tallents (1:04.07) in second place.Shuron finished fourth in the 100 butterfly in 57.45 seconds as McMahon got fifth place in the 200 freestyle in 1:53.55, with Scharoun eighth in 1:57.86 to go with a 10th in the 100 freestyle.In the 400 freestyle relay, WG was third as Scharoun, Shuron, McMahon and Nate Long finished in 3:40.85. Shuron, Scharoun, McMahon and Chao were fourth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:35.16.Representing Westhill, Vince Tarolli beat the field in the 100 freestyle, his time of 48.85 seconds nearly a full second ahead of Oswego’s Casey DeLapp and Baldwinsville’s Bailey Ludden, both of whom posted 49.67. Tarolli also claimed third place in the 200 freestyle in 1:48.57, two spots ahead of McMahon.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: swimmingWest Geneseelast_img read more