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Jodie Fields

Over and innings

11 January 2012

The top two teams in both the Twenty 20 final and One day final are NSW Breakers and VicSpirit.

The top two teams in both the Twenty 20 final and One day final are NSW Breakers and VicSpirit. 

Both teams have performed consistently well and that is the name of the game in this competition. 

The WNCL is set up in a way that every game is important and you cannot afford to lose games if you want a shot at the Ruth Preddy Cup.  

I feel the competition is getting closer each season and teams are improving their standard of cricket. 

The women’s game is moving forward in all areas and it is a credit to the coaching staff, professional attitude shown by the players and a willingness to make our competition the best in the world. 

The final should be a close tussle between the two teams and a good promotion for women’s cricket being broadcast on Fox sports on Thursday afternoon. 

On reflection, I am very proud of my Queensland team for almost making it this year. 

At our pre-season launch I asked our group to stand up this season and put the performances on the board. 

We have always been a team who had the potential and talent but never finished the job and put consistent performances on the board. 

There comes a time when every team has to move past the rebuilding stage and start a winning culture. 

Having been part of this team for ten years, our group made leaps and bounds forward by doing exactly that. 

While it is disappointing to not have a chance to play in Thursday’s final, the motivation is very strong to improve for next year. 

The best way to do that is to stick together, work on our weaknesses and aim higher next year. 

Many of our younger players have gained another year’s experience and that is valuable for any team.

In her comeback season, Queensland opener Melissa Bulow batted the house down finishing top of the tree in the Domestic Twenty 20 competition. 

Melissa’s experience and professionalism was a great addition to our Queensland Squad and for the competition. 

Her record breaking century in the first T20 match this season in Brisbane was definitely a highlight of the season.

The bowling highlights included Kristen Beams finishing off the round games with a hat-trick and bag of wickets in Melbourne. 

Young off-spinner Jemma Barsby had a very consistent season and performed well in both competitions and veterans Lisa Sthalekar and Renee Chappell had great seasons with the ball. 

Spinners were the winners in both competitions and based on results of this year, are always going to play a major role in determining the outcome of a bowling effort.

In moving forward, most girls will go away now and relax for a few months and take a well earned rest from the game. 

However, those lucky enough to be selected for Australia have a busy few months ahead. 

Once the WNCL and WT20 finals have been played, our focus will turn to our Rosebowl series in Sydney against New Zealand starting next week. 

All the Australian players are very focused on performing well in this series. 

There haven’t been many changes to the side that competed in England in June 2011, but it is a good opportunity for Ellyse Perry, Sharyn Millanta, Julie Hunter, and Alyssa Healy to step back into green and gold colours. 

Unfortunately Clea Smith had to withdraw due to a knee injury which she had surgery on last week. 

New Zealand has made some changes to their side with Suzie Bates taking over the captaincy from the recently retired Aimee Watkins. 

Newcomers Rachel Candy, Maddy Green and Katie Perkins will bring some new talent to their side. 

The Rosebowl is always closely fought, so we know we have to be on our game.

2012 is a big year on the international women’s calendar, starting with our series at home and followed with a tour of India in March, which will be our last lead in tournament to September’s World Twenty 20 in Sri Lanka. 

Having the chance to play on the sub-continent is an exciting opportunity for everyone and we are all keen to play well and bring home some silverware. 

For now though, it is time to concentrate on training hard each day in preparation for our Sydney Series. 

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia
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