The Lend Lease Breakers have defeated the Victoria Spirit by seven wickets in their Women’s T20 match played at Blacktown International Sportspark this afternoon.
NSW suffered a setback before the match when captain, Alex Blackwell, was forced to withdraw with an injury. Rachael Haynes stepped up to lead the side in her absence, joining Belinda Clark as the only two women to have captained both NSW and Victoria in the modern day National League competition.
Winning the toss and batting, the Spirit got out of the blocks quickly with Elyse Villani and Meg Lanning putting on 23 runs for the first wicket at a run-a-ball.
Villani had dispatched Sharon Millanta for a couple of boundaries early in the innings, however, it was the bowler who had the last laugh with wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy taking a sharp catch to remove Villani for 15.
Victoria moved along steadily until the ninth over when they lost Meg Lanning (25 off 24). The Australian opener looked in ominous from when a mix up with Jess Cameron, and a terrific throw from Leah Poulton on the long-off boundary, resulted in her run out. The very next ball, Aley found the edge of Cameron’s bat to leave Victoria 3-52.
Sarah Elliott suffered the exact same fate as Cameron just a few runs later before Emma Inglis (18 off 23) and Kelly Applebee (30 off 33) consolidated to help get the Spirit to 6-110 off their 20 overs.
Sarah Aley was the pick of the Lend Lease Breakers bowlers with 2-15 off four overs, while Alyssa Healy took three sharp catches while standing up to the stumps.
The Lend Lease Breakers reached the victory target one ball into the final over. The top three batters laid the foundation for the chase with Player of the Match Leah Poulton (37 off 36) and Alyssa Healy (17 off 17) putting on 40 runs for the first wicket in quick time, followed by a 46 run second wicket stand between Poulton and Claire Koski (22 off 22).
NSW were charging to victory however a tight spell from Emily McIntyre (2-14) saw Poulton and Koski both dismissed within a few balls of one another. Those wickets ensured a close finish but Rachael Haynes (10 off 16) and Erin Osborne (16 off 18) held their nerve to see the home side across the line with five balls to spare.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow (November 9) for a Women’s National Cricket League 50 over match, with a second WT20 match scheduled for Sunday (November 10). Both games start at 10am at Blacktown International Sportspark and entry is free.