Adelaide cranks up the cricket action

At Play People of Adelaide


Posted on 17 Feb 2020

Hard hitting, fast bowling and plenty of spin – that’s the word from Karen Rolton, a local legend of women’s cricket, on what punters can expect to see at this week’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup warm-up matches at the city oval named in her honour.

For local fans looking to see some world-class action - there are still three matches to be played at Karen Rolton Oval inside Gladys Elphick Park / Narnungga (Park 25). Tuesday 18 February brings a double-header with Australia taking on South Africa from 10:30 am and England lining up against Sri Lanka from 2:30 pm. The final warm-up match will be on Wednesday 19 February with New Zealand up against Thailand.

Karen – a former South Australian and Australian captain, and the only woman to score a century in a World Cup final – was in the crowd to watch the first of the warm-up matches on Sunday 16 February and encourages locals to catch the remaining games.

“If you come along you might be really surprised - you’ll see a lot of sixes here, a lot of fours, and some very exciting cricket,” said Karen. “The girls hit the ball really hard and they’re bowling really quick as well. They’re just so athletic, because most of them are playing full-time now.”
Karen Rolton, former Australian cricketer

Karenrolton with icc t20 trophy

KAREN ROLTON AT THE OVAL NAMED IN HER HONOUR.

Around the world, the calibre of women’s players is reaching new levels every year and there’s plenty of young guns making good impressions.

“With Australia we have Annabel Sutherland, who’s come in to the squad now. I’ve seen her at Club Cricket and playing for the (Melbourne) Stars.

"You also have Shafali Verma who plays for India at like 16. I saw her last weekend and I think she's going to be a superstar of the game. She hits the ball so hard and is not afraid to go after it. That's what you want. You don't want players afraid to go after the shots. So, she's going to be one.

"I like Jemimah Rodrigues from India too. I think they're going to be two of the real superstars of the game. Plus, you have so many from other different countries as well that are coming through. There's probably one or two that we'll see come alive at this World Cup as well.”

Having captained the national team in 2009 for the World Cup in Australia, Karen (pictured above at Karen Rolton Oval) has experienced hometown pressure firsthand, but feels the 2020 squad is well equipped to handle the expectations throughout the ICC T20 Women’s World Cup.

“They've played enough cricket now that they'll be used to it. I think they will enjoy the experience. They know, obviously, all the grounds, and that's a massive bonus to them.”

Purchase tickets to the ICC Women's T20 World Cup warm-up matches in Adelaide here.