A brilliant spell from Australian fast bowler, Sharon Millanta, was the highlight of the Lend Lease Breakers’ six wicket victory over Tasmania in their Women’s T20 match at Blacktown International Sportspark today.
One of the veterans of the Lend Lease Breakers line up, Millanta tore through the Tasmanian top order, removing their top four batters. She finished with the outstanding figures of 4-11 from her four overs, with her spell including a double wicket maiden.
Millanta’s Player of the Match effort well and truly put Tasmania on the back foot, and they were eventually bowled out for just 70 in the last over of their innings, with the remaining wickets were shared amongst the Lend Lease Breakers’ spin trio of Lisa Sthalekar (1-12), Erin Osborne (2-13) and Angela Reakes (2-12).
The Lend Lease Breakers reached the victory target one ball into the 13th over for the loss of four wickets.
They lost openers Alyssa Healy (4) and Claire Koski (0) early while Lisa Sthalekar (14) and Alex Blackwell (14) were both dismissed just as they looked set. In the end it was an unbeaten 27 from 17 balls by Rachael Haynes which saw the team home.
The Women’s National Cricket League now takes a short break with the Australian team taking on New Zealand in the Rose Bowl Series, which starts at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday (December 12).
The Lend Lease Breakers will be well represented in these matches with nine players, Alex Blackwell, Lisa Sthalekar, Leah Poulton, Sarah Coyte, Ellyse Perry, Alyssa Healy, Erin Osborne, Sharon Millanta and Rachael Haynes all selected in the Australian squad.
Immediately after that series the Lend Lease Breakers travel to Adelaide for a round of games against South Australia (December 21-23).