World Cup within reach

Warwick Daily News - - SPORT - GER­ARD WALSH CRICKET:

Delissa Kim­mince will leave to­mor­row morn­ing on a trip that will take her to Malaysia and the West Indies in quest of the women’s World Cup in T20 cricket.

Af­ter bowl­ing in each game of the Aus­tralian South­ern Stars’ 3-0 se­ries win against New Zealand, Kim­mince was se­lected in the squad for both one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and the T20 World Cup.

She was sur­prised to make the one-day squad af­ter not play­ing much one-day cricket in re­cent years.

“Most of my one-day in­ter­na­tional cricket was nearly 10 years ago,” she said.

Last sea­son, she was called up for the T20 part of the Ashes se­ries at a time she ad­mits she was “think­ing of get­ting a nor­mal ev­ery­day job”.

“I was think­ing of set­ting my­self up out­side of cricket but was lucky to get an­other op­por­tu­nity in cricket,” she said.

“It was my last crack at it and I am re­ally ex­cited to be go­ing on this tour.”

She is now in Aus­tralian cricket teams in two for­mats of the game and again in the Bris­bane Heat team for the Big Bash League later this year.

Af­ter bowl­ing well in the T20 se­ries against New Zealand, Kim­mince re­turned to club cricket last Sun­day and scored 101 not out in 79 balls for her Gold Coast team.

“I hadn’t bat­ted for a month,” she said.

“I was a bit rusty af­ter not bat­ting for a month. It is al­ways nice to score runs and know I can do a job with the bat when needed.”

Kim­mince be­lieves she is a bet­ter player now than when she first played for Aus­tralia.

“I put so much pres­sure on my­self when I was younger, I am now more re­laxed and en­joy­ing my cricket,” she said.

Af­ter play­ing one game for the Bris­bane Lions in the in­au­gu­ral AFLW com­pe­ti­tion in 2017, she de­cided to con­cen­trate on cricket and it has paid off.

Aus­tralia will play six one­day games against Pak­istan in Kuala Lumpur be­tween Oc­to­ber 18 and Oc­to­ber 29.

They then play T20 World Cup warm-up games against Eng­land and South Africa on Novem­ber 3 and 6 in the West Indies be­fore the cup starts on Novem­ber 9.

Aus­tralia plays Pak­istan, Ire­land, New Zealand and In­dia in World Cup round games on Novem­ber 9-17.

The cup semis will be on Novem­ber 22 and grand fi­nal on Novem­ber 24 at Sir Vi­vian Richards Sta­dium at North Sound.

Photo: DAR­REN ENG­LAND

A WICKET: Ell­yse Perry (right) of Aus­tralia cel­e­brates with Delissa Kim­mince (left) af­ter tak­ing a catch to dis­miss So­phie Devine (NZ) at Al­lan Bor­der Field.

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