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#TeamUSA Women lost by 5 wickets to Queensland Women in a 50 Over clash overnight in Brisbane.

After calling correctly at the toss, the USA Women decided to bat first and despite the loss of early wickets were in pretty good shape at 105/5 in the 30th over. Unfortunately, the loss of their captain and top scorer Shebani Bhaskar ignited a lower order collapse and the innings folded not long after for 107. For the Queensland side the chief destroyer was Courtney Sippel who finished with 5 for 23.

In response, the Queensland openers were able to get past the USA total without the loss of a wicket, but it was decided that they would continue to bat to make the most of the match practice for both sides.

Uzma Iftikhar was the most successful of the bowlers for the U.S. with 2 for 32 from 7 overs, as the Queensland side batted for 35 overs in getting to 235/5.

Head Coach Anand Tummala was realistic after an educating day. “As we were playing our first 50 over game after several years, We had simple outcomes that we were looking to achieve out of this game in batting, bowling & fielding. Even though we lost the game & it was a low score by us, there were couple of decent partnerships which was one of our goals in batting. We would have liked our top order to bat longer. Shebani Bhaskar, Candecy Atkins, Onika Wallerson looked good with Shebani top scoring for us. Erica Rendler also spent sometime in the middle.

He continued that he was pleased particularly pleased with the efforts from the whole group in the second innings though. “Our bowlers tried their best to stick to the plans but Grace Harris (former Australia international) & Sammy Joe (current Queensland player) were a bit too strong & dominated our bowling. In spite of the onslaught by them, our body language in the field was excellent right throughout with bowlers not giving up & that was one of the other important outcomes we were looking for in these games & on this tour on a consistent basis. It was a great experience for us.

After the match, Grace Harris & Leah Poulton (Former Australia international/World Cup winning team member & current High Performance coach for Women – Cricket Australia) spent some real quality time talking & sharing their cricketing journey with the team & the whole USA squad were certainly inspired by them. The squad head out to the National Cricket Center of excellence in Brisbane tomorrow & will be at the Ray Lindwall field in the morning for outdoor nets followed by Nutrition/ Hydration session & Pool Recovery.

So a tough result for the USA Women, but a fantastic opportunity nonetheless, and the side will certainly take lessons to the next stage of the tour in Sydney.

Match Results:

United States of America Women 107/10 (32.5/50 ov); Queensland Women 235/5 (35/50 ov); Scorecard

The fixtures in full are as follows and can be explored on the schedule section of the website by clicking here.

Full Schedule:

Sunday 25th March (AM) – T20 v Queensland Women, South Brisbane CC – RESULT
Sunday 25th March (PM) – T20 v Queensland Women, South Brisbane CC – RESULT
Tuesday 27th March – 50 Overs v Queensland Women, South Brisbane CC – RESULT
Wednesday 4th April – T20 v NSW Select Women, Raby Oval, Sydney
Thursday 5th April – T20 v NSW Select Women, Raby Oval, Sydney
Friday 6th April – T20 v NSW Country Women, Bradman Oval, Bowral

Touring Squad:
Shebani Bhaskar (Captain)
Sugetha Kalyanaraman
Erica Rendler
Onika Wallerson
Nadia Gruny
Samantha Ramautar
Sindhuja Reddy
Claudine Beckford
Neha Anand
Sara Farooq
Uzma Iftikhar
Candacy Atkins
Anahita Arora
Rabia Shahid