An unbroken 129 run second wicket stand between Alyssa Healy and Alex Blackwell has taken the Lend Lease Breakers to a commanding nine wicket victory over the Queensland Fire in their Women’s T20 match at Blacktown International Sportspark (December 6).
It was a rushed start to the game for Queensland. Their flight from Brisbane was delayed meaning they only arrived at the ground just in time for the toss, which was won by their skipper Jodie Fields. She had no hesitation in batting first on a hard, flat pitch that looked perfect for scoring runs.
The Queensland openers Delissa Kimmince and Beth Mooney took some chances in the early overs, with the NSW fielders putting down several difficult catches. The first breakthrough finally came in the eighth over when Erin Osborne had Kimmince stumped by Healy for 16.
This brought Grace Harris to the crease and she immediately took to the Breakers bowlers, dominating a 74 second wicket stand with Mooney. Harris reached 59 runs off 40 balls, with four fours and three sixes, before falling to a brilliant catch by Claire Koski on the mid-wicket boundary off the bowling of Osborne.
Osborne had her third wicket a few balls later with Healy executing another stumping to dismiss Mooney for 35. Jessica Jonassen (1) was then caught on the boundary chasing quick runs as Queensland ended their 20 overs on 4-129.
NSW lost an early wicket in the chase with Leah Poulton (1) caught at short third man with the just three runs on the board. That was the only joy Queensland had for the innings as Alyssa Healy and Alex Blackwell put on 129 runs for the second wicket, reaching the victory target with three overs to spare.
Healy looked in sublime touch as she hit 73 not out from 60 deliveries with 10 fours. Her innings, along with two stumpings in the field, earned her the Player of the Match award.
Blackwell was at her brutal best, smashing 51 not out from 34 deliveries with seven fours and one six.
The Lend Lease Breakers and Queensland Fire will play a WNCL 50 over match tomorrow (December 7) at Blacktown International Sportspark. This will be a replay of last summer’s WNCL Final which was won by NSW to secure their eighth straight WNCL title. Entry to tomorrow’s match is free.