The Lend Lease Breakers have recorded their second win over the Queensland Fire in as many days, this time notching an 81 run bonus point victory in today’s Women’s National Cricket League 50 over match at Blacktown International Sportspark.
Winning the toss and electing to bat, NSW were bowled out for 230 runs in 49 overs.
The highlight of their innings was 76 runs of 86 deliveries from middle order batter, and Player of the Match, Leah Poulton. She hit 11 fours and a six during her stay at the crease, dominating the 89 run third wicket stand with Alex Blackwell (25), while Claire Koski (25) and Nicola Carey (20) were the other main contributors.
The Fire made a steady start to their chase, reaching 1-46 before Sarah Coyte claimed the crucial wicket of Queensland captain Jodie Fields (12).
A few overs later, Angela Reakes tapped the ball back from the boundary rope to Coyte, who produced a deadly throw from the deep to run out Danielle Hollis (17). Nicola Carey then claimed the wicket of Mel Bulow (14) to further reduce Queensland to 4-93.
Leg spinner Angela Reakes sparked a collapse that saw Queensland lose their next five wickets for just 22 runs. She started by removing Kirby Short (26), followed by Jessica Jonassen (7) and Grace Harris (7) in quick succession.
Claire Koski also chimed in to run out Delissa Kimmince (10) and Jemma Barsby (0), making the score 9-127.
The last pair of Courtney Hill (11) and Kirsten Pike (3no) batted for 10 overs to add another 20 runs, however, it was not enough to deny the Lend Lease Breakers a big bonus point victory as Erin Osborne claimed the final wicket to dismiss Queensland for 149.
For the Lend Lease Breakers, Angela Reakes finished with 3-14 off six overs with Sharon Millanta (1-25), Sarah Coyte (1-14), Erin Osborne (1-19) and Nicola Carey (1-16) the other wicket takes.
Today’s win sees the Lend Lease Breakers maintain top spot on the WNCL competition ladder. They are on equal points with the Victoria Spirit but have a superior run rate and one game in hand on their rivals.
The Lend Lease Breakers and Queensland will wrap up this weekend’s round with a second Women’s T20 match tomorrow at Blacktown International Sportspark (December 8). NSW won the first WT20 between the teams on Friday by nine wickets.