The Lend Lease Breakers recorded a 66 run bonus point victory over the Victoria Spirit in their Women’s National Cricket League 50 over match at Blacktown International Sportspark today.
Winning the toss and batting, NSW were in early trouble at 3-44 with Rachael Haynes (0), Leah Poulton (0) and Ellyse Perry (10) all dismissed.
Alyssa Healy, who had opened the batting with Haynes, led the fight back with some brilliant counter-attack. She raced to 83 runs off 72 balls before hitting a simple return catch to off-spinner Sarah Elliott, bringing to an end a crucial 69 run fourth wicket stand with Erin Osborne.
Sarah Coyte (23 off 21) played a brief cameo, however, Victoria quickly got back on top with two more wickets to reduce the Lend Lease Breakers to 7-175.
Osborne then combined with Kara Sutherland for a 48 run eighth wicket stand. Osborne was the main aggressor. She reached her half-century and went on to post 70 off 82 deliveries before she was caught on the boundary.
Sutherland (17 off 26) fell a few runs later to make the score 9-228 before an unbeaten 45 run 10th wicket partnership off just 32 deliveries between Angela Reakes (14 off 13) and Sarah Aley (26no off 21) lifted the Lend Lease Breakers to a very competitive score of 9-273 at the end of their 50 overs.
Victoria’s chase suffered a couple of early setbacks. Ellyse Perry bowled Meg Lanning, then snared Elyse Villani’s wicket thanks to a brilliant catch at second slip by Claire Koski.
Jess Cameron and Sarah Elliott got Victoria back on track with an 81 run third wicket partnership and it took another exceptional catch by Koski, this time on the mid-wicket boundary, to finally remove Cameron for 56.
Elliott (69) also reached her half-century and was unlucky to be run out at the non-strikers’ end when Angela Reakes deflected a straight drive from Kelly Applebee onto the stumps.
Ellyse Perry (4-26) and Erin Osborne (4-45) then ripped through Spirit’s remaining batters, with only Kelly Applebee (51 off 59) providing any resistance, as Victoria were bowled out for 207 in the 42nd over.
Erin Osborne was named Player of the Match for her fine all-round effort, with this win also maintaining the Lend Lease Breakers’ unbeaten start to the season with five wins from as many starts.
The Lend Lease Breakers and Victoria play again tomorrow at Blacktown International Sportspark (November 10) in a Women’s T20 match starting at 10am. NSW won the first of two T20 fixtures between these sides on Friday by seven wickets.