The @CricNSWBreakers continue to perform in the #WNCL and #WT20. For all the complete wrap-up of Round 3.


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

WA Fury 2/97 (17.1 overs) vs SA Scorpions 9/96 – (T20 match)

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.

ACT Meteors 6/161 vs TAS Roar 9/76 – (T20 match)

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 Roar batted out the 20 overs and scrapped to 76 runs.

NSW Breakers 3/113 (19.1 overs) vs VicSpirit 6/110 – (T20 match)

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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International Flavour.. for the wrap up on all things #womens cricket around the Globe

Whilst the Australian women’s cricket domestic competition has been played, there is plenty of other high quality women’s cricket being played around the globe, with a number of international series being fought out.

The increased number of international series is just another example of how much the women’s game has grown in recent years with the support of the ICC, home boards and players associations.

With the WNCL and WT20 on a week hiatus I thought that it might be worthwhile to give you a brief overview of what has been happening in the various international series.

Around the Globe

South Africa vs Bangladesh – September 2013

South Africa hosted Bangladesh at home in three ODIs and three T20s. With the 2014 T20 World Cup to be held in Bangladesh next year in March/April, the Bangladesh women’s team automatically qualified for the tournament, therefore, opportunities for them to play against seasoned campaigners will give them invaluable experience which they will need come early next year.

Despite losing the all 6 matches to South Africa, whose top order dominated throughout the two formats, the Bangladeshi team did show some fight in the last T20 where they were chasing 106 to lose by only three runs.

West Indies vs New Zealand – October 2013

Before the Tri-Series between West Indies, England and New Zealand, the West Indies hosted New Zealand in Kingston, Jamaica. They played three ODIs, with both teams fielding relatively similar squads that played in the World Cup in February 2013, meaning it was always going to go down to the wire.

Suzie Bates, part of the WA Fury Squad who was also the Player of the Tournament during the recent World Cup, began the series well, registering her fifth hundred and steering New Zealand to the first win of the series.

The Kingston pitch must have been turning square, forcing the West Indies to select one pace bowler and the rest spin in the secind ODI. That seemed to work as between both teams, 13 out of the 20 wickets that fell that day went to the spinners. The West Indies came out on top in this match and levelled the series in doing so.

In the third and deciding ODI, Stefanie Taylor, the current holder of the ICC Women’s Player of Year, played the perfect match, stamping her authority as she scored an unbeaten 135 and took four wickets to secure the West Indies women’s team their first series win against New Zealand.

Tri Series (West Indies, New Zealand & England) – October

Due to the recent success of the West Indies team in both formats, it is great to see that West Indies Cricket Board, as well as other ICC home boards, willing to schedule extra fixtures involving the West Indies, who are definitely shaping up as a potential powerhouse of women’s cricket.

During the T20 Tri-Series all teams played against each other twice, with a final against the top two teams. Some notable performances throughout the series included young gun Shaquana Quintyne, from the West Indies, picking up her best bowling figures of 5-16 against England.

For England, the experienced Jenny Gunn (5-18) and new comer, who we got to know during the Ashes Series, Natalie Sciver (4-21), accounted for New Zealand as they lost seven wickets for nine runs in one of the matches.

The last round match came down to the one over eliminator with West Indian batter Deandra Dottin accounting easily the six runs England scored with two hits. That win meant that the two teams would meet again in the final.

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