A spellbinding century from Jordan Cook carried the Nottinghamshire Academy to a four-wicket win over England Women in their 50-over friendly at Lady Bay.

Cook hit 120 from 92 balls as he and Qundeel Haider put on an unbeaten 153 for the seventh wicket.

Earlier, the Academy restricted England Women to 289-6 from their 50 overs after the visitors won the toss and elected to bat.

Tammy Beaumont starred for the reigning world champions, top-scoring with 76 and compiling a third-wicket stand of 136 with captain Heather Knight (66).

Tauseef Kataria (2-66) and Qundeel Haider (2-36) both made useful inroads with the ball, while Jordan Cook and Fateh Singh sent down miserly spells, their ten overs going for 43 and 39 respectively.

Recent Nottinghamshire returnee Jenny Gunn finished unbeaten on 14 alongside Fran Wilson (37) as England Women saw out their innings.

In response, the Academy were not derailed by losing Martin Khadoo (13) early in the chase, with Joey Evison proceeding to 62 before being bowled by Gunn.

The Academy then fell from 109-2 to 141-6 as the innings passed the halfway stage, with being bowled out suddenly more of a concern for the home side than keeping up with the run rate.

By this time, however, Cook had played himself in beautifully, reaching his fifty from 36 balls.

The 19-year-old continued to bat expansively, going to his century from 76 balls with a six as the victory target moved into view.

At the other end, Haider was not to be outdone, and he brought the game to a conclusion in dramatic fashion.

Sensing time was running out to reach his half-century, Haider heaved the ball towards the leg side, but Tammy Beaumont could not complete the catch without stepping on the boundary rope.

The maximum brought up Haider’s half-century along with the 150 partnership and saw the Academy over the line with nine balls to spare.


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