Wareham has world in a spin

Georgia Wareham and the Southern Stars have made a promising start to the ICC Women’s World T20 event in the Caribbean. Photo courtesy Cricket Australia

GEORGIA Wareham has made a strong start to Australia’s ICC Women’s World T20 campaign, featuring in all three matches so far.

The leg-spinner, who hails from Mortlake, was picked for the Southern Stars opening match against Pakistan at Guyana National Stadium.

The Stars started the tournament with a comfortable 52-run win over an opponent they know well, with Wareham (2/18) taking two wickets with the ball.

She broke through for her first scalp by dismissing Nida Dar via a stumping.

It was the third time in the past four games against Pakistan in which Wareham has sent Dar packing.

Just four balls later she removed the freewheeling Aliya Riaz, caught behind, for just one run to help Australia open its campaign in convincing fashion.

The Stars took on Ireland in its second match, as Wareham bowled three overs to finish with economical figures of 0/8, which included 10 dot balls.

Despite not claiming a dismissal off her bowling, she produced a superb piece of fielding to register a run-out in the Stars nine-wicket victory.

And in yesterday’s clash against New Zealand, Wareham took 1/21 from two overs in Australia’s 33-run triumph.

Success over its Trans-Tasman rivals has guaranteed the Stars a spot in the final four.

Australia will play India this Sunday in its last pool match ahead of the semi-finals on November 23.

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