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Australian footballer Alana King paid tribute to the late Shane Warne in grand fashion as Trent Rockets beat Manchester United by 43 runs.

King finished with figures of 4-15 from 20 deliveries, took an impressive dive and was also comfortable with the bat, scoring 19 off nine balls.

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Trent Rockets' Alana King celebrates sacking Kate Cross.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Trent Rockets’ Alana King celebrates sacking Kate Cross. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

to speak Sky Cricket After the match, a classic king was happy to get the win.

“It’s very special, but like I said, I’m here to do my job for the team and I’m happy it went out today,” she said.

“It was a hot wicket today, it was a bit dry and hopefully there’s some spin and there’s that. I can be stoked and happy to get the win.”

It was a special performance for King, who made history at the same ground where Warne scored his century in the 1993 Ashes series.

“I hope he looks down and is proud that I checked some of them out today,” King said.

“Only a special place, Old Trafford.”

Alana King made Shane Warn proud. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Earlier, Australian cricketer Beth Mooney smashed 97 against top seeded South Brave in Southampton to become the first centurion in the women’s tournament on Friday.

The 28-year-old hit a record-breaking 100-ball debut in her maiden Commonwealth Games campaign for the London Spirit, guiding the side to 4/155 in front of 9000 spectators at the Ageas Bowl.

Muni needed nothing less than a six off the last delivery to reach triple figures, but the left-hander could only muster two.

Birmingham Phoenix young gun Will Smead became the only cricketer to score a century in The Hundred with his wicket against Brave in the men’s competition on Wednesday.

Mooney, who passed 50 in just 32 deliveries, hit 17 boundaries in a 55-ball smash and shared an 87-run second-wicket partnership with New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr.

But the Queenslander’s heroics weren’t enough to secure victory, as he chased down the ambitious 156-run target in six deliveries with a 34-ball 65 from man-of-the-match Danny Watt.

It was in the third half-century of the Englishman’s opening century.

Muni, the ghost house of London. Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

After the six-wicket win, White told Sky Sports: “I’m very happy to have contributed to the win and just to get a win on the board is great.

“My job is to go out there and be brave and fearless, and if it’s in my area, go for it.

“It’s a great start. Beth Mooney hit it special today and we know it will take one of us to go out there and do what she did.

Australian bowler Amanda Jade-Wellington, the Brave’s top wicket-taker last year, was the pick of the bowlers on Friday, taking 3/30 from 20 deliveries.

South’s talented captain Anya Shrubsole continued: “Beth Mooney was fantastic, and she makes you feel as a captain and a bowler, you have no idea where you’re going to get your pitches. But Danny showed it was a good way, and I’m very happy to win.

“We go again on Sunday with the Oval. It’s a quick turnaround and a very hot few days, but it’s fun.”

The highest individual score of the women’s competition

97* – Beth Mooney, LS vs SB (2022)

92* – Jemima Rodriguez, NS vs WF (2021)

78 – Smriti Mandhana, SB vs WF (2021)

76* – Shafali Verma, BP vs WF (2021)

76 – Rachael Kahn, TR vs LS (2021)

Mooney was a key member of Australia’s Commonwealth Games gold medal-winning team in Birmingham last week, scoring 61 (41) against India in the final at Edgbaston.

She has scored 179 runs in the T20 tournament at a strike rate of 44.75 and 133.58.

Mooney is currently ranked No. 1 in the ICC Women’s T20I Rankings, just ahead of Australia teammate Meg Lanning and New Zealand captain Sophie Devine.

The Spirit take on the Northern Superchargers at Headingley next Sunday, with the first ball scheduled for 8pm AEST.

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