A blockbuster weekend filled with plenty of cricket saw the reigning champions of both formats, the Lend Lease Breakers, play their first round of matches against Cripps Tasmanian Roar.
With the Tradies ACT Meteors taking on Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit and with Konica Minolta Queensland Fire and Alcohol. Think again Western Australian Fury also doing battle, it meant there was plenty of cricket to follow.
Around the Grounds
The Breakers came out firing and had no hesitation batting in windy conditions down in Launceston. After losing Alyssa Healy (10) in the third over, Alex Blackwell, who was coming off a record breaking 223 at club cricket two weeks ago, entered the game. Thanks to a 124-run partnership between Leah Poulton (74 off 52) and Blackwell (72* off 45), the Breakers posted their equal highest score in WT20, finishing 3-181.
With a mammoth task ahead of the Tassie Roar girls, it certainly didn’t help their cause losing three wickets in successive overs to have them at 3-24. Belinda Page (32 off 29) and their captain, Veronica Pyke (29* off 31) helped their side reach 100 but they were never in the hunt, with Sarah Aley the pick of the bowlers picking up 3-22 off her four overs.
For the first time since the inception of the WNCL and WT20, the Fire moved away from Allan Border Oval to take the game to Toowoomba. The majority of the Fire girls got starts, but weren’t able to captilise as Emma King, bowling her slow off-spinners, picked up 3-18 to halt momentum. Melissa Bulow (33* off 30) continued her excellent form to steer the Fire to a respectable total, with Jemma Barsby (16* off 9) chipping in at the end to post 134 runs.
The Fury got off to the start they wanted with Nicole Bolton (20 off 20) and Jenny Wallace (16 off 17) putting on a 40-run partnership until Bolton was dismissed in the sixth over, sparking a collapse. The Fury then lost five wickets for six runs with Pike the main destroyer. Jess Jonassen chipped in with 2 wickets as the Fury were bowled out for 104.
In the final match of the day the VicSpirit won the toss and were looking to pick up where they left off last week as they opted to bat first. When Meg Lanning fell for an eventful 27 runs off 18 balls, VicSpirit continued to build with all batters getting a start. Elyse Villani played the anchor roll finishing with 41 runs off 43 balls. Rain ceased play in the final over to end VicSpirit’s innings, with the Meteors captain, Kris Britt, the only bowler to cause some damage picking up 3-15 from her four overs.
With the revised total of 140 off their 19 overs based on the Duckworth Lewis Method, the Meteors needed to get off to a good start and that they did, despite losing Laura Wright for 1 to a great pick up and under arm throw by Jess Cameron in the first over. From there, Sara Hungerford (29 off 32), Britt (27 off 29) and Renee Farrell (31 off 28) went about knocking off the runs, but when Emily McIntyre (2-24) and Kath Hempstall (3-10) combined to remove the key wickets it was all over red rover.
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