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Healy half-century sends Aussies into Women’s World T20 semi-finals

Staff writers, November 15, 2018 6:39AM News Corp Australia Network

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Alyssa Healy of Australia bats against Ireland at the World T20 tournament. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraAlyssa Healy of Australia bats against Ireland at the World T20 tournament. Picture: Getty Images

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CRICKET: Australia is semi-finals bound* after Alyssa Healy hit her second half century of the Women’s World T20 and Megan Schutt dominated* with the ball to steer the Aussies to a 33-run win over danger team New Zealand.

Healy’s 53 off 38 balls was vital* to Australia’s 7-153, leaving a record run chase for the White Ferns.

The Aussie attack then ripped through the Kiwis, taking three wickets in the first three overs as New Zealand slumped to 3-13 — their chase seemingly over before it began.

Schutt took 3-12 off three overs, while Sophie Molineux and Delissa Kimmince both added a pair* of wickets.

Australia plays India on Sunday morning, but are now booked for an Antigua semi-final regardless of the result of the final pool game.

The 2018 AFL Premiership Cup. Picture: Getty Images media_cameraThe 2018 AFL Premiership Cup. Picture: Getty Images

AFL: Adelaide will not join Sydney in pushing the case for a best-of-three AFL Grand Final series, despite believing the current system is unfair.

Crows coach Don Pyke does not believe the MCG should automatically* host* the Grand Final every year, saying it gives Victorian clubs playing interstate rivals a big advantage* in the premiership decider.

But he has denied reports that he had asked the AFL Coaches Association to campaign for the change to a best-of-three series after the Crows’ 2017 Grand Final loss to Richmond.

“My thoughts regarding the best-of-three Grand Final series concept were not part of a direct approach but rather an informal* dinner conversation earlier this year,’’ Pyke told The Advertiser.

“It was part of a broader discussion where several ideas were raised about the future of our game.

“I am not saying the best-of-three series is the answer but I think it is fair to say that if you were starting the AFL competition from scratch* today then serious consideration would have to be given to not playing the Grand Final at a ground which acts as a home venue to some competing teams and not others.”

GLOSSARY

bound: moving towards something

dominated: in control

vital: important

pair: two

automatically: happens by itself

host: person or team that holds an event to which others are invited

advantage: something that puts you in a better position

scratch: the start

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1. How many half centuries has Alyssa Healy scored in this World T20 tournament?

2. Which AFL team is pushing for a best-of-three Grand Final?

3. What is the reason for wanting a change to the Grand Final?

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After reading the article, with a partner, highlight as many connectives as you can find in pink. Discuss if these are being used as conjunctions, or to join ideas and create flow.

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