The Abode Hotels ACT Meteors kicked off their WNCL campaign in Perth today with a strong start, going on to be victors in a nail biting first round match against the Western Fury.
After winning the toss, the home side sent the Meteors in to bat, a tactic that appeared to work well in the first instance, sending Koski back to the sheds on the first ball.
Captain of the Meteors, Kris Britt, lead from the front, posting a player of the match winning 72. Her batting efforts were supported by Erin Osborne (31), with the pair forming a respectable 69 run partnership. Signficant tail end performances from Ange Reakes (18), Jodie Hicks (18) and Nicole Goowin (14 from 8) helped the Meteors end their innings at a competitive 8/195.
Britt went on to explain the importance of having batting support throughout the order.
“You always want to be there in at the end, and I think the way the girls finished off at the tail end was absolutely vital in putting us in a strong position to defend our runs. It’s probably what helped us win the game in the end,” she said.
Entering the field to bowl, the Meteors faced a tough challenge to restrict the Western Fury’s run rate and get early wickets to rattle their impressive batting line up.
Nicole Goodwin got an early breakthrough for the Meteors after Katie Mack took a stunning catch, taking a wicket in the fourth over. One of the team's newest recruits Maitlan Brown showed why she'll be great addition, also taking an early wicket to put the Fury on their back foot.
“Maitlan is going to be a superstar, and to take someone out like Elyse Villani is massive for both the group and her. Nicole also did a great job. I expect them both to back up strongly tomorrow,” said Britt.
However, it proved to be a spinner’s day, with the spin twins Erin Osborne and Sam Bates taking 6 wickets between them, finishing the day with 3/26 and 3/16 respectively. Bates’ impressive form saw her take home the best figures from the match.
The match came down to the final few overs, however it wasn’t meant to be for the home side, with another new Meteor Nicola Hancock, together with Bates taking the final wickets in the 46th and 47th overs.
Britt was delighted with the win, and believes the team’s spinners put them in a very contentious position for a positive result tomorrow against the Victoria Spirit.
“Getting our win is huge, knowing it’s only a six game season. Having one from one is a great start for the girls.”
“I think the way our spinners dominated today will obviously send some very strong messages through [to Vic Spirit]. I think our batting can improve at the top end, and I’d like to see us post a 220 [if we bat first] to make a strong start and get runs on the board early.”
“There’s a couple of key early wickets we need to take from the Vic Spirit in order put us in a winning position, but the team is capable of doing it. Here’s hoping for a two from two.”
The Abode Hotels ACT Meteors will take on the Victoria Spirit tomorrow from 10am local time.
ACT: Claire Koski (wk), Katie Mack, Kris Britt (c), Erin Osborne, Bec Maher, Angela Reakes, Jodie Hicks, Maitlan Brown, Nicola Hancock, Nicole Goodwin, Samantha Bates
WA: Elyse Villani (c), Nicole Bolton, Chloe Piparo, Heather Graham, Megan Banting (wk), Mathilda Carmichael, Emma Biss,Tash Farrant, Piepa Cleary, Emma King, Katie Hartshorn