A late flurry of wickets has helped the NSW Breakers maintain their undefeated run in the Women's Twenty20 competition.
A late flurry of wickets has helped the NSW Breakers maintain their undefeated run in the Women's Twenty20 competition, with a tight seven-run victory over the Queensland Fire at Drummoyne Oval on Friday.
In a low-scoring match, the Breakers were sent in to bat and only managed 9-83 from their 20 overs before restricting the visitors to 9-76 in reply.
A brilliant spell of bowling from Sarah Coyte (3-10 off four overs) was decisive for the home side, after it looked like the Fire would easily chase down the Breakers' small total as they raced to 3-56.
But Coyte's devastating spell, with strong support from Lisa Sthalekar (2-26), Erin Osborne (1-12) and Elysse Perry (1-15), saw the Fire lose 6-19 and fall just short of pulling off an upset win.
Opener Melissa Bulow (28) was the best of the Queensland batters, with Grace Harris (13) and Jess Jonasson (12) the only others to reach double figures.
Earlier, Breakers opener Leah Poulton managed to thrive as wickets fell all around her to help the home side post a defendable total.
Poulton scored 32 off 40 balls with four boundaries and was one of only two players to reach double figures for the Breakers.
Sammy-Jo Johnson (3-14) starred with the ball for the Fire while Kirsten Pike finished with 2-17.
The two teams will meet again in a 50-over game in the Women's National Cricket League on Saturday.
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First Posted 16 December, 2011 5:34PM AEST