The Abode Hotels ACT Meteors have put out the Queensland Fire, claiming a six wicket victory over the inform side in a stellar fifth round match of the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL).
Blistering batting from the Meteors top order helped the side run away to victory, with Claire Koski (32), top scorer and player of the match Katie Mack (73) and Captain Kris Britt (38*) all proving too strong in reply to Queensland’s 211.
QLD Fire won the toss and elected to bat, a decision that cost them early in the fixture. Their batters fell victim to Meteors quicks Nicole Goodwin and Maitlan Brown, finding themselves 2/44 after 10 overs. Goodwin’s hot streak with the ball throughout this League continued against QLD, finishing the day with 3/34 from her 10 overs.
A very tactical decision from Britt saw spin twins Erin Osborne and Sam Bates brought on to rattle the batsmen. Bates was quick to act and took a scalp in her second over. Leg spinner Ange Reakes was also showing good form early on, crucially taking out Tess Cooper just as her batting was helping to grow her side’s run tally. The Meteors also excelled in the field, picking up three run outs across the innings. The Fire went on to bat out their overs and posted 211.
Openers for the Meteors, Koski and Mack, were determined at the crease, putting on a quick-fire 108 run partnership to get their team well on the way to victory. Mack’s 73 run knock was very easy to watch from the stands, belting 10 fours from her 109 balls faced.
Britt joined the crease after a well bowled ball took new addition Sara McGlashan out early, and she successfully kept the team’s run rate going at a steady pace. She took over as the anchor batsmen from Mack, resisting pressure from the Fire’s bowlers and remained solid at the crease. Osborne’s 21 runs from 20 balls ably assisted the Meteors in their chase, getting out to a great catch by Kirby Short. A boundary from Reakes secured the bonus point win, with the Meteors successfully chasing down the Fire’s total just shy of the 40th over.
The Meteors will now face off against New South Wales this Sunday, in a must win match for the side. Their finals hopes have been kept alive thanks to their bonus point victory, moving into fourth place in the WNCL.