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Alex Blackwell

Records fall in first round

28 October 2011

Round one of WT20 and WNCL complete and we have already seen some magnificent performances.

Round one of WT20 and WNCL complete and we have already seen some magnificent performances.

A big congratulations to Melissa Bulow from the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire who belted the first century in WT20! My 99 not out last season against ACT certainly did not stay the highest score for long.

Now that Mel has set that benchmark it will be interesting to see just how many big scores can be made in the WT20 this season, especially when we play on some of the best pitches in the country.

It's great to see Mel back competing again for the Fire as I'm sure her experience and current batting form will be invaluable for QLD.

There looked to be some exciting matches between SA and ACT over the weekend.

Lauren Ebsary looks to be hitting the ball well and it’s also pleasing to see NZ International Lucy Doolan making an impact early on for the scorpions.

Doolan faced off with fellow kiwi International Sian Ruck over the weekend, with Sian donning the Meteors shirt for this season.

Having international players like Doolan and Ruck in our domestic season helps strengthen our competition and I'm sure these girls will pass on some of their experience to the younger members of their respective teams.

Shelley Nitschke continues to prove just how valuable she is particularly in pressure situations, bowling the final over to clinch victory for the Scorpions on Sunday.

A five wicket haul by Charlotte Anneveld and a handy innings from Lynsey Askew were not quite enough to get ACT their first WT20 win for the season.

Over in Perth the Lend Lease Breakers enjoyed three solid wins over the Fury, however the young WA side came back with a great fighting spirit in the final WT20 to restrict us to 155.

We were on target for 180+ so hats off to them for some disciplined bowling towards the end.

Leah Poulton is in superb touch at the moment and it's a pleasure to watch her and "Midge" Healy open the batting in T20 with their free flowing stroke play.

Rach Haynes debuted for NSW in great style with a very classy 55 in a 120 run opening stand with Leah in the longer format.

Being a batter I know I tend to talk a lot about the batting performances around the grounds but I must say my bowlers where great over the weekend, and I can see other states have had some similarly impressive bowling efforts.

You can be made to look a little silly when sending a team in on the WACA if your bowlers don't back you up.

I was very pleased with the way Sharon Millanta and Ellyse Perry made use of the overcast conditions on Saturday morning.

A big highlight for the Breakers was to celebrate Lisa Sthaleker becoming the highest wicket-taker in WNCL history. This is a great feat and I'd like to congratulate Lisa for this outstanding achievement.

A quick turnaround now until the next round, just five days rest before coming back again for some top-class cricket action against SA starting on Friday.

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