Universities women’s cricket captain Alex Blackwell passed two milestones during Australia’s three-nil win over the West Indies in the T20 series that finished at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
During the second match, played at North Sydney Oval, Blackwell became the second Australian player, alongside Meg Lanning, to post 1000 runs in the short format of the game when she scored 11 off seven deliveries. Her 1000th run came up with a straight drive for a single.
Blackwell had been stranded in the 990s for five innings before her efforts at North Sydney Oval.
It turned into a double celebration for her, as she also eclipsed the great Lisa Sthalekar, a former Universities captain, to become Australia’s most capped women’s cricketer in her 190th match for the Southern Stars.
“I had no idea (I’d passed 1000 runs), just as I had no idea that I reached 190 games for Australia today, which is the most ever,” the modest Blackwell said. “That also shocked me, but it’s nice to be out there to see our young team and that was the best bowling and fielding effort that we’ve produced for a couple of years.”