A determined Abode Hotels ACT Meteors set off for Tasmania with their minds set to a crucial third round win in the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL), however it wasn’t meant to be for the Canberra side, with Tasmanian Roar clinching victory on the final ball of the 50th over.
Hobart put on a perfect day for cricket at Blundstone Arena, presenting a sunny, still day for the teams. The Tasmanian side won the toss and elected to bowl, sending the Meteors into bat for the third time in a row in their WNCL campaign.
Openers Claire Koski and Katie Mack looked promising against an aggressive Tasmanian field, posting a 65 run partnership. Koski went on to make 58 for the Meteors. The side’s top score came from a fine captain’s knock from Kris Britt who made 64. New recruit Nicola Hancock proved she’s also handy with the bat, smashing 29 runs off 18 balls.
However, despite the strong start, it was a shaky end to the Meteor’s innings, losing their final 6 wickets for just 25 runs. The team finished all out for 245 on the final ball of the 50th over.
Two early wickets from Nicole Goodwin should have proved costly to the Roar, with her opening spell seeing the Tassie batsman struggling to find their rhythm as they faced the Meteor’s daunting total. Goodwin went on to claim a third scalp, finishing the day with 3/41.
Recognising they needed to boost their run rate without losing wickets, the Tasmanian middle order began to lift their batting performance and posted a146 run partnership. A couple of quick deliveries from Nicola Hancock tempted the batters, successfully breaking the middle order partnership with very little time left remaining in the match. The Roar were faced with hitting 25 runs from the remaining three overs.
In true WNCL form, both sides fought until the very end, with the Meteors unable to contain the Roar, who eventually chased down the Meteor’s total on the last ball of the 50th over. A very impressive batting performance from Player of the Match Georgia Redmayne helped seal the side’s victory as she made history becoming Tasmanian Roar’s first player to score 100 runs in a WNCL fixture. She finished an outstanding 114 not out.
The Meteors will now return to Canberra, seeking victory against defending champions South Australia at home from 2:15pm at Manuka Oval under lights on Sunday 30 October.