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30 SPORT MONDAY NOVEMBER 8 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 HEAT TOO HOT FOR THUNDER TO HANDLE GEORGIA Redmayne hit a half century and Poonam Yadav starred with the ball as the Brisbane Heat piled the pressure on defending WBBL champion Sydney Thunder. It was a crunch clash at Adelaide Oval for the Thunder and despite coming off backto-back wins, the side fell to a heavy five-wicket defeat to the Heat, which left it bottom of the table. Indian spinner Yadav set up the win with a brilliant bowling display, while Redmayne anchored the Heats chase to get her side back to winning ways. I probably struggled a bit, went through a bit of a lull mid innings, and was lucky enough to have Mikayla Hinkley and Georgia Voll hit some massive sixes at the other end, Redmayne said. The partnerships worked well today. Smriti Mandhana (37) and Phoebe Litchfield (40) helped steer the Thunder to a competitive total, but both fell to the 30-year-old Yadav. The Thunder reached 1-51 at the end of the power play but Yadav (3-17) spun through its middle order. Brisbane lost the dangerous Grace Harris (6) early in its chase, but Redmayne and Georgia Voll put the Heat back into cruise control. The Heat got the job done with 10 balls to spare. ENGLAND skipper Eoin Morgan said the prospect of losing injured opener Jason Roy for the T20 World Cup semi-final really hurts the mood in the team. Roy, 31, injured his calf and collapsed to the ground while chasing a quick run in the 10run loss to South Africa on Sunday. Despite the defeat, England, along with Australia, reached the semi-finals on net run rate, while South Africa was eliminated. We are gutted for Jason, but also sort of half-hoping that hes OK, said Morgan, who also saw fast bowler Tymal Mills limp out of the tournament last week. For anybody to miss the latter stages of a tournament, particularly its been two guys and two games, that does hurt the mood. South Africa posted 2-189 on the back of Rassie van der Dussens unbeaten 94 but needed to limit England to fewer than 131 runs to edge Australia on run rate and grab an unlikely semi-final spot. England finished on 9-179 after a last-over hat-trick by pace bowler Kagiso Rabada. South African coach Mark Boucher said: This team knows that we are on a journey, upward curve, that we are learning along the way. Roy injury hurts Englands spirit CARLY ADNO STAR players such as Pat Cummins, David Warner and Ellyse Perry will feature in a lucrative deal in which cricket takes a multimillion-dollar plunge into the non fungible token (NFT) market. The cyber space memorabilia deal is shaping to be the most valuable agreement after broadcast rights and should be announced in the next month, guaranteeing a previously untapped revenue stream. The AFL is close to signing its agreement, but is unlikely to enter the market until 2022. The NBL is also in negotiation. Cricket and its players are looking at a multimillion-dollar payday that could overshadow revenue from corporate sponsorships and other licensing agreements. NFTs are already turning over ridiculous amounts in the US for what are essentially digital trading cards. The NBAs first entry into the market with a series of video highlights is said to have generated $500m in transactions in the first three months. The NFT market is volatile but valued about $2bn and is a spin-off of the controversial cryptocurrency market. One NFT of a LeBron James slam dunk is rumoured to have traded for $500,000 after selling for $200,000 on release, but other cards sell in starter packs for $12 a set. Cummins, who sits on the Australian Cricketers Association board and has a business degree, said he had done a lot of research on NFTs and theres enormous opportunity there. Theres huge interest around NFTs, he said. We will do something. I havent committed to anything yet, theres a few things in the pipeline and opportunities we will have a crack at down the track. Individual Australian players have been offered sevenfigure sums to independently license their images for sale as NFTs through companies here and internationally, but cricket is looking at a collective approach as the footage used is owned by the sporting bodies. The ACA and Cricket Australia briefed players in Dubai last week and their agents in a separate Zoom meeting. Nobody is willing to talk about the deal, which is being negotiated, but there is confidence cricket will be the first Australian sport in the marketplace. The AFL is further down the track in negotiations and understood to also be set to make an announcement. For those who have no idea about NFTs, do not be alarmed. Essentially but not exclusively this is the cyberspace version of those baseball cards that trade for so much money in the US. The card exists only in cyberspace and while it cannot be held like a physical card, it is the same in all other respects, with value driven by scarcity and demand. Players set for a crypto bonanza PETER LALOR Paceman Pat Cummins plies his trade in the real world. Picture: Getty Images Ellyse Perry. FROM BACK PAGE When asked whether he had changed his coaching philosophies, Langer said to a degree and he had previously admitted delegating more to his assistant coaches to the point where he did not attend a recent training session. We keep evolving. I keep evolving. Hopefully I have showed over a long period of time that is a trademark of what I have done in the game. It is one thing to talk about it. Putting it into practice is another thing. We have a really great environment here at the moment, a great feeling within the group. We are playing good cricket. Something must be going right. Australia, who Langer believes can be the best team in the world, has gained a pass mark for this tournament by securing a semi-final entry, probably against Pakistan, on Thursday night (NT time). Australia progressed to the finals after David Warner (89 not out), Mitchell Marsh (53) and Josh Hazlewood (4-39) helped to trounce the West Indies in their final pool match on Saturday. Winning the Ashes may be the more important achievement but clinching the World Cup is seen as more difficult, especially as Australia was the No.7 ranked T20 nation. Langer is set to confront his great mate and long-time opening partner Matthew Hayden, who is Pakistans batting coach, in the semi-final. Form surge Justin time for Langer 30 SUMMER OF CRICKET WATCH ALL GAMES LIVE WHILE Australias fast bowlers prepare for the T20 World Cup semi-finals, Englands batters are behind enemy lines plotting their downfall. The bulk of the English squad arrived in Australia at the weekend and opener Rory Burns said he was raring to be unleashed on the big three in the Ashes, which begin next month. Burns, who tormented Australia in 2019 with a century and two fifties, takes confidence from the fact he will face a similar attack in this series Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon. Burns keen for encore I Kaqo r>O ~..f" AUST/I~~ .. . '. ~: