Aussies secure women’s Ashes with opening T20 win vs England

Australia’s Ellyze Perry raises her bat after scoring 200 runs during day 3 of the Women’s Ashes Test between Australia and England at North Sydney Oval in Sydney, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Daniel Munoz/AAP Image via AP)
Updated 17 November 2017
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Aussies secure women’s Ashes with opening T20 win vs England

SYDNEY: Australia has successfully defended the women’s Ashes with a six-wicket win in the opening Twenty20.
After winning the one-day international portion of the series 2-1 and being held to a draw in the one-off test match, the Australians needed to win only one of the three T20s against England to clinch the trophy.
Beth Mooney stroked an unbeaten 86 to guide Australia to victory with 4.1 overs to spare, easily chasing down England’s 132 at North Sydney Oval on Friday.
Jess Jonassen dismissed England captain Heather Knight with the second ball to start the slide.
Ellyze Perry was on a hat trick after Tammy Beaumont and Katherine Brunt were caught behind on consecutive deliveries to have England in dire trouble at 16-4.
But she missed the hat-trick opportunity by bowling a wide the next delivery, and England recovered with a 64-run stand from Danielle Wyatt (50) and Natalie Sciver (26). Megan Schutt took three late wickets as England was bowled out on the last ball of the innings.
Australia allrounder Perry provided the highlight of the series with an unbeaten 213 in the drawn test, the third-highest score ever in a women’s test.


Women’s Bowling Championship 2018 wraps up in Jeddah

Dr. Razan Baker, 3rd left standing, with participants at the Third Women’s Bowling Championship 2018, in Jeddah on Saturday. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 21 October 2018
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Women’s Bowling Championship 2018 wraps up in Jeddah

  • Sixty-three competitors, many of them amateurs, participated in the competition which consisted of four rounds

JEDDAH: The first Women Bowling Championship in Saudi Arabia took place in October in three cities, Riyadh, Alkhobar, and Jeddah, where it finished at Ice Land Bowling Center on Saturday. Gada Nemer, 42, from Riyadh, who came first in the competition, told Arab News: “I participated in all three tournaments, in Riyadh, Alkhobar, and today in Jeddah. I won first place in Alkhobar too. “I am not a professional bowler, but I used to bowl with my kids. Two of them bowl on the national team. I am very glad to have the chance to participate in these tournaments, and look forward to future ones.”
It was the first tournament of its kind in the Kingdom, as the country is rapidly developing sporting facilities for women and increasing women’s involvement in sports by making reforms that have included allowing physical education for schoolgirls and opening female-only gyms. Sixty-three competitors, many of them amateurs, participated in the competition which consisted of four rounds. All competitors took part in the first round, 33 made it into the second round and 16 qualified for the third.
Participants were between 11 and 56 years of age. Nemer received a cash prize of SR5,000 ($1,335) and those in second and third place received SR3,000 and SR2,000 respectively.
The last round had the best three competitors competing for first place with Nemer winning first prize, followed by Meshael Alabdulwahed (second) and Wissam Al-Harbi (third).

Growing interest
Bowling is still a growing sport for women in Saudi Arabia. The first female bowling team officially registered in the Saudi Bowling Federation, and the Eastern Province bowling team is only seven months old, according to Dr. Razan Baker, member of the board of directors and head of media and women’s participation at the federation.
Baker told Arab News: “We were surprised by the excitement of the participants. The numbers were beyond our expectations.
“Many participants would like to become professional bowlers. With this high turnout I expect bowling centers to start supporting new female bowling teams.”
Abeer Abdulmalik, from Al-Qassim, participated in the tournament. Although she is new to bowling, she made it to the third round.
“I never bowled before in my life, and I did not prepare myself for the game. I am surprised and happy with what I scored, although I was hoping to be in the final round,” she told Arab News. “I would like to take part in future championships.”
Aminah Khan, who participated in the tournament with her two sisters, told Arab News: “I came here for fun, and to try my luck before I go to my midterm exam.”
Khan did not make it to the second round, but said she would start working to improve her skills and take bowling more seriously as a sport.
The championship was organized by the Saudi Bowling Federation, the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee, and General Sports Authority, and in partnership with Arab News as the exclusive English media partner for the event.