Brazil women play first series
The expansion of the women's game continues unabated as Brazil hosted Argentina for three matches last week in Curitiba.
In the first match on Friday, a Twenty20 affair, Brazil chose to bat first but could only reach 59/6 from their 20 overs thanks to some tight bowling from Argentina. Pick of the bowlers was Alison Prince with 3/5 from her three overs. The target was trickier than it should have been for Argentina, and they only reached it with five balls to spare, to win by 4 wickets.
Argentina played much better in the second Twenty20 match on Saturday. Brazil were again kept to a low score, reaching 60/5 from their 20 overs. Argentina then reached their target in the 16th over for the loss of just two wickets.
The teams agreed to make the third match a 25 over per side match, and Argentina batted first this time. They were quickly reduced to 13/5 thanks to some tight Brazilian bowling, especially from Graziela Ricardi, who took 3/8 from her four overs. The middle order recovered things somewhat to help post 74/9 in an innings that showed Sabrina Tisbierek and Juliana Brito show their all-round ability, both bowling and keeping wicket. Brazil also lost quick wickets in their chase and were reduced to 11/3. Their middle order also recovered and Brazil reached their target with seven balls to spare to win by two wickets.
Argentina thus win the series 2-1, but Brazil have played very well in their first matches. They can probably look forward to taking part in the next Americas Women's Championship.