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Headlines aplenty as T20 World Cup day one warm-up action concludes

Women's T20 World Cup

By Daniel Beswick in Cape Town

Hit For Six!

The first day of T20 World Cup warm-ups has concluded in South Africa, with all ten teams taking the field.

New Zealand v West Indies, Western Province Cricket Club

A clever rebuild from Maddy Green and Brooke Halliday with the bat swung momentum towards the White Ferns at WPCC, who claimed a comfortable 32-run victory.

After plunging into a hole at 58/4 in the 12th over, Green and Halliday put on 56 inside eight overs, helping their side reach a score of 123.

Green top-scored with a crafty 47* (37), before New Zealand's bowlers claimed two wickets in the West Indies Powerplay.

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New Zealand cruise to victory against West Indies | Women's T20WC 2023 warm-up
Match highlights as New Zealand hold off the West Indies for a confidence-boosting victory in their ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2023 warm-up match.

Shemaine Campbelle's 26 and Chinelle Henry's 23 gave the West Indies a chance at completing the chase, though New Zealand were crafty particularly with their spin in slow conditions.

Amelia Kerr's leg-breaks tightened the screws with 3/20, as the West Indies finished on 91/7.

Sri Lanka v Ireland, Stellenbosch University 1

Over at Stellenbosch, Ireland came agonisingly close to stealing victory from Sri Lanka at the University Ground, in large part to an outstanding late flurry from Arlene Kelly.

Kelly (30 off 17) dragged the team from what seemed an impossible position at 104/7 with 5.2 overs left, though Ireland were bowled out in the final over for 147 when the all-rounder and Jane Maguire could not complete a single to put Kelly on strike. 

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Sri Lanka hold nerve to beat Ireland | Women's T20WC 2023 warm-up
Match highlights as Sri Lanka survived a scare as Ireland almost snatched victory in their ICC Women's T20 World Cup 2023 warm-up match.

Earlier, Sri Lanka passed the hundred mark one wicket down and in quick time, with Harshitha Samarawickrama raising the bat for a half-century, and retired out soon after.

Samarawickrama lost Chamari Athapaththu (27 off 23), though found another worthy partner in Vishmi Gunaratne, who has carried her form from the Under-19 World Cup into senior warm-up action with a knock of 36.

Skipper Delany was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 3/20.

Gaby Lewis meanwhile looked in good form with the bat for Ireland, plundering seven boundaries in a score of 38 off just 24 balls, though runs were hard to come by for players at the other end. Laura Delany's 21 helped the cause, though Ranasinghe and company give little away.

She combined with Inoka Ranaweera to claim three wickets each, with Sugandika Kumari and Kaveesha Dilhari claiming one wicket each.

Afternoon fixtures 

South Africa v England, Stellenbosch University 1

England may have put the world on notice after plundering 246 in Stellenbosch, though South Africa made a statement of their own, only falling short by 17 runs in a strong reply.

The tournament hosts travelled well over ten an over in their chase, though ran out of steam after the loss of Chloe Tryon and Tazmin Brits as the required rate moved above 15 an over. Tryon's 65 (23) was the top score for the Proteas.

Earlier, Sophia Dunkley made a statement in England's innings, belting 59 from just 19 balls, with nine fours and three sixes, before quickfire fifties from Alice Capsey and Nat Sciver-Brunt.

Dunkley began the innings with a boundary off Shabnim Ismail, making seven of the eight runs in the opening over, and only accelerating in as the Powerplay went on.

Ismail eventually beat the opener for the first wicket, though the early blitz helped England to a score of 79/1 in the first six overs.

The Proteas were given no respite even after the fielding restrictions were lifted, as the trio of half-century makers and Maia Bouchier kept the foot down.

Australia v India, Newlands

A late salvage job from Georgia Wareham and Jess Jonassen was the difference at Newlands, as Australia successfully defended a miserly total.

Australia finished 129/8 from their 20 overs after at one stage struggling at 10/3, dismissing India for 85.

Darcie Brown claimed three wickets in her first two overs, while Ash Gardner's off-spin also picked up a pair of wickets. As a result of Brown's early barrage, India stumbled to 22/4. 

Deepti Sharma's 19* was the best from an Indian batting standpoint, though could not find a partner to join her in a last-gasp comeback.

Earlier, a returning Shikha Pandey made a similar impression to Brown, removing Meg Lanning for a duck, before taking the scalp of Tahlia McGrath for just two. To compound matters, Ellyse Perry was run out cheaply for Australia's third, as Beth Mooney and Gardner attempted to rescue the innings.

Mooney's 28 helped the cause, as well as Gardner who fell as Australia's fourth wicket, with Pooja Vastrakar claiming the all-rounder.

India looked to have cornered Australia at 79/8, only for Wareham and Jonassen to put on 50 inside five overs.

After the match, Australia claiming bragging rights again after the teams played out a practice Super Over.

Pakistan v Bangladesh, Western Province Cricket Club

Pakistan cruised to a six-wicket win at WPCC, chasing down 102 in 16 overs as Nida Dar teamed up with young-gun Ayesha Naseem.

The pair finished 24* and 20* respectively, calmly accounting for Bangladesh's attack. 

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Behind the scenes in the Pakistan camp | Women's T20WC 2023

Scoring was tough on a slow track for Bangladesh, who fought tooth and nail to reach three figures, eventually making 101.

Nigar Sultana Joty's side struggled to find the one partnership to take the game on, as Pakistan made hay largely through their spin group, with Dar and Nashra Sundhu claiming two wickets each.

In other news, Sobhana Mostary limped off the field during Bangladesh's fielding innings, requiring treatment both on and off the field.

She eventually walked back to the Bangladesh dugout unassisted, and is likely to play in the second warm-up fixture.

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