A brilliant half-century to Player of the Match, Alyssa Healy, has seen the Lend Lease Breakers defeat the Victoria Spirit by eight wickets with 16 balls to spare in their Women’s T20 match, played at Blacktown International Sportspark (December 2).
This match was a top-of-the-table clash featuring 16 players with international experience, nine from NSW and seven from Victoria.
Winning the toss and batting, Victoria posted 8-136 from their 20 overs.
Young star, Meg Lanning, got the Spirit off to a flying start with 24 from 17 balls before being stumped by Healy off Lisa Sthalekar’s bowling. Jess Cameron then took up the challenge, compiling an outstanding 66 from 53 balls.
Unfortunately, Cameron’s and Lanning’s innings were lone hands with no other batter reaching double figures.
For the Lend Lease Breakers, Ellyse Perry took 3-27 from four overs while Healy claimed two catches and a stumping.
In reply, Leah Poulton bashed 35 runs from 24 balls to get the ball rolling for the home team, dominating the 41 run opening stand with Healy. Poulton’s dismissal, caught right on the long on boundary, was the signal for Healy to take control.
For much of the chase NSW stayed level with the required run rate before Healy exploded late in the innings to get the side home, finishing the match with two sixes in the 17th over. She remained 68 not out from 49 balls with eight fours and two sixes.
“It’s always exciting to beat Victoria and it’s exciting to chip in with some runs too,” said Healy.
“We didn’t bowl too well at the start and gave them some easy runs, however we tightened up after that. Then Leah (Poulton) got us off to a cracking start with the bat and when someone does that, it becomes a little easier. Overall, it was a good all round performance but one which we can definitely improve on in the next couple of days,” she said.