This year the women’s domestic season has reached new heights, with bigger scores, hat tricks and a record number of catches by a 'keeper
Playing on the best grounds in Australia is always exciting and double-header matches with the KFC Big Bash League has seen the exposure of women’s cricket increase.
The entertaining and fiercely fought matches this year show women’s cricket has come a long way in the past two years and this summer’s international series promises to continue that.
For the Commonwealth Bank Vicspirit it has been a busy week.
Heading into the final round of WNCL and WT20 we needed to win all three matches against ACT to qualify for the finals.
Great bowling and fielding performances allowed us to have three wins and sneak into both finals against NSW.
I must mention Kristen Beams who claim a hat trick during our WNCL clash at the MCG, which is a rare and great achievement.
Finals time is a very exciting time of year.
We headed into the WT20 final aiming to claim our third in a row.
NSW had been the form team of the competition going through undefeated and we knew it was going to be a challenge to win.
Setting a score of 143 batting first, we were confident we could hold off a strong NSW batting line up.
It went right down to the wire and we were extremely happy to claim a nine run win, in what was an extremely hard fought match at Etihad Stadium under lights.
With no time to celebrate we headed to Sydney hoping to win the double and take out the WNCL competition.
Again playing NSW we knew we would have to play at our best to win.
However it wasn’t to be, NSW outplayed us to take home their 7th straight WNCL title.
A fantastic effort and great achievement.
A special mention must go to Rachael Haynes for her outstanding 156.
With the domestic competitions played and decided, I wanted to mention Shelley Nitschke, who retired this year and to thank her for her contribution to both SA and Australian Women’s cricket.
It was a pleasure to be in the team with her and her advice was invaluable.
Starting on Friday 20th January, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars will take on New Zealand in the Rose Bowl, it promises to be a great contest.
With the five T20 matches live on TV be sure to tune in to see some great entertainment.
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