Kasperek impresses on WHITE FERNS debut

30 Jun

Former Scotland internationalist Leigh Kasperek couldn’t help the WHITE FERNS avoid defeat against India in Bengaluru in their first ODI on Monday, but her personal debut was certainly one to remember.

Katie Perkins helped Kasperek to her first New Zealand wicket with a fantastic catch to dismiss the dangerous Mithali Raj.

Her second wicket wasn’t far behind as wicket-keeper Rachel Priest took a one handed leaping catch down the leg-side.

Her debut was to get even better with another scalp, to take her figures to 3/9, before Jhulan Goswami struck a half century to get the Indians out of a sticky situation and to a decent score of 142.

The WHITE FERNS made their way to 95/6, and the efforts of Captain Suzie Bates and Kasperek looked like they might be able to guide the visitor’s home.

Bates departed for 28, but Kasperek wasn’t prepared to give up her side’s chances just yet. She made her way to 21* but eventually ran out of partners as the Ferns were dismissed in the 46th over for 125.

After the game Captain Suzie Bates told the BlackCaps website, “We wanted go out and play our natural shots, but they bowled tightly and we perhaps weren’t brave enough with some our shot selections, missing opportunities to push the field back."

She also paid tribute to her debutant, “Leigh (Kasperek) did a really good job and it was a shame someone couldn’t stick with her at the end to give her a good win in her first game. We need to come back out in game two with far more intent.”

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