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Breakers topple the Roar

UPDATED 13 February, 2013 11:57AM AEST | by Paul Barbieri, Sportal

The NSW Lend Lease Breakers have pulled off a convincing three-wicket victory over the Cripps Tasmanian Roar in the Twenty20 clash at Blundstone Arena on Sunday morning.

The NSW Lend Lease Breakers have pulled off a convincing three-wicket victory over the Cripps Tasmanian Roar in the Twenty20 clash at Blundstone Arena on Sunday morning.

The Lend Lease Breakers may have lost a few wickets along the way as the Cripps Tasmanian Roar produced a typically solid performance in the field - an effort that included one of the catches of the season as Erin Burns dismissed Claire Koski - but New South Wales still cruised past Tasmania's initial total of 9-109 with 25 balls to spare.

The Lend Lease Breakers finished on 7-113, although Lisa Sthalekar was the only batswoman to make it past twenty, as she posted 32 off 27 deliveries.

But the effort was still enough for the Breakers as they head into the competition final in top spot on the table as the Queensland Fire and VicSpirit fight it out to face them.

The Lend Lease Breakers' result was set up by another quality performance in the field as both Sharon Millanta and Ellyse Perry took three wickets apiece, while the side also produced two run-outs, one of those through Perry.

Corinne Hall continued her good batting form for the Cripps Tasmanian Roar, posting 38 off 39 deliveries as she was ably assisted by Burns' 34 from 33.

But ultimately, a score of 109 was never going to be enough to halt the Lend Lease Breakers juggernaut, as the visitors opened with 12 runs in the initial over of their chase.

The Lend Lease Breakers also lost a wicket in that dramatic over as Alyssa Healy fell for eight, with Koski dropped off the very next ball, but Koski was living on borrowed time as she fell for five in the next over off Burns' wonder catch.

Those two overs set the tone for the innings as the Lend Lease Breakers lost wickets at regular intervals, although they had re-arranged the batting line-up, dropping Alex Blackwell to No.9 despite her massive century in a Women's National Cricket League one-day contest on Saturday.

But the Lend Lease Breakers still did enough to produce a solid win, leaving the Cripps Tasmanian Roar last on the table.

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

First Posted 08 January, 2012 2:14PM AEST

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