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WWC17 Classic Fantasy: Round 5 Review & Round 6 Tips

Who produced the goods in the latest round of ICC Women’s World Cup matches and who should you transfer in for the next batch? Here’s all you need to know.
Hayley Matthews struck a fine 43 but fell playing a rash shot to Deepti Sharma.

South Africa overpowered India by 115 runs at Leicester, with the Proteas racking up 71 in the first 10 overs – a charge led by hard-hitting opener Lizelle Lee (8.0), who smashed 92 from just 65 balls, including seven sixes. Captain Dane van Niekerk (7.0) added the finishing touches, scoring 57 as her side registered 273-9.

In the chase, India slipped to 65-7 before 20 overs had been bowled. Deepti Sharma (6.0) and Jhulan Goswami (9.0) then set about rebuilding the innings, but the asking rate was too high for anything other than respectability to be salvaged. India was bowled out for 158, with van Niekerk claiming 4-22, sealing the Player of the Match award.

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New Zealand hammered Pakistan at Taunton to further boost their semi-final hopes, and to knock Pakistan, who remain winless, out of the tournament. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat, but could only notch 144, with captain Sana Mir’s (8.0) score of 50 the only innings of note. The wickets were shared around, with Hannah Rowe’s (2.5) 3-22 the pick of the bowling.

Sophie Devine (5.5) proceeded to make a mockery of the chase with a record-breaking knock of 93 off 41 balls. The innings contained nine sixes – the most in an ODI innings – and she fell seven short of breaking the record for the fastest World Cup hundred. New Zealand chased down the target in 15 overs with eight wickets in hand.

Sophie Devine smashed a record nine sixes in her 41-ball 93 against Pakistan.
Sophie Devine smashed a record nine sixes in her 41-ball 93 against Pakistan.

West Indies registered their first win of the tournament against Sri Lanka, although with both teams eliminated by Saturday’s results, this restored little more than pride. Having been inserted by Sri Lanka at Derby, several West Indian batters made starts in their total of 229. Deandra Dottin (8.5) hit a powerful 38 off just 25 balls, while Merissa Aguillera (5.5) top-scored with 46. Sri Lanka’s Sripali Weerakkody (3.5) contributed figures of 3-38.

At 84-2, and with Chamari Athapaththu (6.0) and Shashikala Siriwardene (5.0) set, it appeared Sri Lanka might make a fist of the chase. But Player of the Match Anisa Mohammed (8.5) struck three times in nine balls to effectively end the match as a contest, and though Sri Lanka scrapped, they eventually succumbed for 180 all out.

England edged Australia in a thriller at Bristol to leapfrog their age-old rivals into top spot. England won the toss and chose to bat, posting 259-8. In-form Tammy Beaumont’s (5.5) 49 was the top score, but the key stand was the seventh-wicket partnership of 85 between Jenny Gunn (6.5) and Katharine Brunt (8.5). Part-timer Elyse Villani (4.5) took three wickets but conceded 42 from her five overs.

In response, a steady opening partnership of 56 between Beth Mooney (5.0) and Nicole Bolton (6.5) laid the platform for the chase. Ellyse Perry’s (9.5) 70 was the high score, and the only fifty of the game, and with every member of Australia’s top nine reaching double figures, they were always in the hunt. But the asking rate remained tough and England maintained their cool, with Jenny Gunn defending 16 off the last over to see her side to victory by three runs.

Highest point-scorers: Round 5

Hayley Matthews (5.5) was the highest point-scorer of round five, earning 221 points for the 14 per cent of Classic Fantasy gamers who had placed their faith in the West Indies all-rounder. Jenny was a gun performer this week – Jenny Gunn that is – with the England all-rounder picking up 175 points. It’s a pity only 8 per cent of fans picked her. New Zealand skipper Suzie Bates (9.5) continued her strong tournament, racking up 151 points, with Australia’s Alyssa Healy (4.0) claiming 150 and South Africa’s Masabata Klaas (4.0) 127.

Highest point-scorers: overall

It’s looking good for England players with Heather Knight (8.0; 492 points) and Sarah Taylor (7.5; 485) topping the point-scoring charts. India’s Deepti Sharma is once again up there; she’s currently in third place (6.0, 446). Australia’s talented all-rounder Ellyse Perry (9.5; 443) sits in fourth with Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu in fifth (6.0; 425).

Popularity contest

Sarah Taylor and Heather Knight topped the popularity charts in the previous round.
Sarah Taylor and Heather Knight topped the popularity charts in the previous round.

England’s Taylor was the most popular pick in round five with 58 per cent selecting the keeper-batsman. Teammate Knight (8.0) was the second most popular pick of the round – unsurprising given their form and reputation. Sri Lanka’s Athapaththu, the seventh-highest point-scorer, was the other player to feature in over 50 per cent of teams, with her price tag of 6.0 providing real value.

Top five transfer tips for Round 5:

Hayley Matthews, West Indies (5.5): The West Indies have been the tournament’s biggest disappointment so far, managing just a solitary win in their last run-out against Sri Lanka. Expect them to notch a second against bottom-placed, already-eliminated Pakistan. As opening bat and a frontline bowler, Mathews has the best chance of making an impact and represents cracking value.

Dane van Niekerk, South Africa (7.0): South Africa’s all-action all-rounder and skipper is in excellent form after her 4-22 and 57 against India – to follow up her remarkable 4-0 versus West Indies earlier in the tournament. Back her to mass up against Sri Lanka.

Lizelle Lee, South Africa (8.0): With Sri Lanka’s bowling attack lacking firepower, South Africa opening bat Lee will fancy more runs to follow her 65-ball 92 against India.

Elyse Villani (4.5): Australia’s No.5 will likely get a decent chance to bat against in-form India (she made 59 against Pakistan two games ago) and even chipped in with a valuable 3-42 against England. Listed as a batter, she’s a steal at 4.5.

Tammy Beaumont (5.5): After scoring 148 and 49 in her last two games, Beaumont – opening for high-flying England – is bang in form and a great-value pick.

Top transfer tip:

With Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies already out of contention for a spot in the semi-finals, they have little to play for. Picking players set to face these sides in the sixth round could well be a wise approach. Otherwise, just look at the top 10 point-scorers overall: it’s chock-full of batters and all-rounders – clearly the area worth concentrating your funds.

And don’t forget the deadline to submit your team is 10:30am (BST), meaning you have half an hour after the toss to make those final all-important decisions!

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Group A

Pos Team P NRR Pts
1 England 3 +1.045 6
2 Bangladesh 3 +0.000 3
3 Australia 3 -0.992 2
4 New Zealand 3 -1.058 1

Group B

Pos Team P NRR Pts
1 India 3 +1.370 4
2 Pakistan 3 -0.680 4
3 South Africa 3 +0.167 2
4 Sri Lanka 3 -0.798 2

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