The NSW Lendlease Breakers demonstrated why they’ve dominated the Women’s National Cricket League for so many years, sadly defeating the Abode Hotels ACT Meteors, who 14 runs shy of a bonus point win.
The Meteors were valiant in defeat, concentrating their batting efforts to chase down the total inside the 40 overs, rather than playing out the full innings.
After losing the toss and being sent into bowl, the Meteors found themselves off to a bright start, taking three early wickets inside the first 15 overs. Spinners Erin Osborne and Ange Reakes were effective in their attack, both picking up two wickets in their 10 overs for 33 and 39 runs respectively. Pacemen for the side Nicole Goodwin, Maitlan Brown and Nicola Hancock were equal in the contributions, with all of quicks taking home a scalp in their spells.
Thanks to a last ditch effort from their tail, the NSW side were able to bat out their innings and post 201 runs. Showing both sides why she’s a player to watch, Emerging Meteor and ACT Thunder Rookie Rachel Trenaman provided a much needed anchoring innings for the Breakers, remaining 29* for the tail.
Early on in their innings, nerves unfortunately settled in for the Meteors batters. Feeling the pressure to score quickly, the side lost their four top order batsmen inside 12 overs. Osborne answered the Meteors’ desperate call for runs, settling her side at the crease and remained calm in the chase. She was joined by fellow spinner Reakes in the 12th over, where the pair were able to forge a desperately needed partnership. The dual skilled duo were in great form out in the middle, elevating the Meteors into winning contention by posting 122 runs for their team. Reakes went on to make an impressive 60 runs from 60 balls, enough to award her player of the match.
Pressure was once again mounting for the Meteors, with the side requiring just under 40 runs in six overs, following the departure of Reakes. Osborne remained vigilant with the bat, but was unlucky not to find a partner at the other end who could stay in long enough for her to chase down the runs. She eventually went on to make a respectable 78.
The Meteors ultimtely went down by 14 runs, bitterly close to a win and a place in the finals.
Season highlights for the Abode Hotels ACT Meteors will be put together shortly.