The Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) and Women’s T20 (WT20) kicked off this weekend and if it’s a sign of things to come we are in for an exciting year.
I think we will see bigger totals this year as the teams look to play an attacking brand of cricket, making for a closely contested season for both titles.
The Tradies Meteors (ACT) headed to Perth to play the Alcohol. Think Again Western Fury (WA) and it was the West Australians who finished the weekend with the upper hand, claiming victories in the WNCL match and Sunday’s WT20 clash.
Nicole Bolton unleashed on the ACT attack on Sunday to score an unbeaten 97 to help WA chase down a very competitive total of 150 set by ACT.
In Brisbane Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars captain Jodie Fields starred for the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire with 150 in their WNCL clash with the Cripps Tasmanian Roar.
Tasmania’s Corinne Hall fell just short of a birthday ton with 95, however she was jinxed by someone on Twitter as she approached the ton, I won’t name names though!
Queensland finished the weekend with three wins from three matches, giving them a good start to the season.
The Lend Lease Breakers (NSW) had the first round bye and will be keen to begin their season in a few weeks time.
They will again be hard to beat and it looks as though Alex Blackwell’s preparations are coming along nicely with a lazy 233 playing for her club team - not a bad effort there!
In Victoria we are itching to get our season underway and say goodbye to pre-season.
We are keen to start the season off well after a disappointing year last year and South Australia will be a good test first up.
Somewhat of an overhaul has occurred in the coaching ranks this season with Barry ‘Baz’ Neivandt taking over as Head Coach and Paul ‘Monty’ Montgomery taking over as Assistant Coach, two good characters to have around, which has given the group some entertainment thus far.
We will be venturing back to Park 25 for this fixture where I played my Under-15 tournament a few years ago and we will be hoping for some warm weather unlike the arctic conditions experienced playing club this weekend in Melbourne.
Make sure you get down to matches in your home state, check www.cricket.com.au for details.
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