Lendlease Breaker and Sydney Thunder fast-bowler Belinda Vakarewa made her debut for the Australian Women’s Cricket Team against Sri Lanka at Bristol Country Ground on Thursday, 29 June.
Vakarewa had tidy figures of 0-22 as the team faced off against Sri Lanka in their second match of their 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup campaign on a day that turned out to be one for the record books.
First with Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu making 178 not out, the highest individual total against Australia, the second highest in Women’s World Cup history and the third highest individual score in women’s ODI cricket, taking her team to 9-257.
This also set up a chase of 258 for Australia – the highest in World Cup history.
And chase it they did, thanks to a career best century from Meg Lanning (152*).
Lanning combined with Nicole Bolton (60) for a 113-run partnership, the captain hammering 20 boundaries on her way to 152 not out, her highest score for Australia, whilst a handy 39 not out to Ellyse Perry ensured Australia reached the target with over five overs to spare.
The Australian Women’s Cricket Team will next face New Zealand on Sunday, 2 July.