The Konica Queensland Fire enjoyed the weekend off as they other teams battled it out in an effort to climb the WNCL and WT20 ladders.
Some great cricket was played and interesting results in the Alcohol. Think Again Fury v SA Scorpions matches will certainly affect the standings.
Around the Grounds
The SA Scorpions were looking to upset one of the main contenders this weekend, but their first of three matches didn’t start very well when they elected to bat and were unable to capitalise on conditions.
The Fury’s captain, Bolton, led the way with the ball as she picked up three wickets off her four overs.
King (2-12) and Cleary (2-16) also chipped in while Patterson (24 runs) and Perry (16 runs) were the only SA batters to make double figures.
Bolton seems to be bowling herself more this season and she is certainly having some success with the ball.
With Bates returning from international duties to join the Fury for her first game this season, there was a change in the batting order, Bates opening with Wallace and Bolton coming in at number four.
Bates continues to have issues against left-arm spinners as she ran past a Perry delivery to be stumped for three.
Wallace (56 runs off 48 balls) was the standout player for the Fury and was well supported by Bolton (31 runs off 39 balls) as they passed the required 97 runs at the beginning of the 18th over.
At home the Tradies Meteors welcomed their second international player, Nicola Browne (you heard it here first a few weeks ago) and were further strengthened with Britt returning from a back injury which she suffered last round.
The Meteors began well with a 50-run partnership with Hungerford (42 off 32) the main destroyer.
Despite Pyke bowling economically, every other Meteor batter had a strike rate above a run per ball to reach an above par score of 161 runs.
This was always going to be a tough total to chase for the Roar without their key player, Burns, who was out due to a knee injury.
Once Da Costa went for a duck in the first over off Farrell the Roar were unable to find any momentum.
Spinners continued to dominate the wickets with both Dick (2-10) and Bates (2-18) doing damage, as well as Pulford (2-7), who was inspired by the presence of her former international team-mate, Browne.
The Breakers were missing their fearless leader, Blackwell, for their first home game of the season, the skipper forced to withdraw due to injury.
This meant that Rachel Haynes stepped in to lead the Breakers against her old State.
VicSpirit certainly made use of a flat batting wicket and got off to a flyer thanks to dynamic duo of Lanning (25 off 24) and Villani (15 off 13).
Millanta made the breakthrough, with Healy taking the first of three sharp catches up to the stumps.
This brought Cameron in but, unfortunately for the VicSpirit, a run out was their undoing, a result more common than not when Cameron and Lanning bat together.
They managed to collide in the middle of the pitch as they were coming back for two and Lanning was caught short.
Aley continued her good form from last round as she picked up two wickets and effected two run outs as well.
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