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Millanta fires to roll Roar

UPDATED 10 December, 2012 1:36PM AEST |

Sharon Millanta starred with the ball as the table-topping NSW Breakers clinched a six-wicket victory over the Tasmanian Roar in Women's Twenty20 action on Sunday.

The 32-year-old fast bowler was at her destructive best at Blacktown International Sportspark, claiming the superb figures of 4-11 as the visiting side were bowled out for 70 in the last over of their innings.

Belinda Page was a shining light for the Roar, hitting 18 runs off 26 balls, while Sasha Maloney added 14 of her own but it was not enough to set a match-winning target.

While Millanta finished with game-high figures, spinners Lisa Sthalekar (1-12), Erin Osborne (2-13) and Angela Reakes (2-12) also enjoyed plenty of turn and success on the wicket.

The Breakers made light work of the target, reaching the required 71 runs with seven overs remaining and six wickets still in hand.

Despite losing Alyssa Healy (four) and Claire Koski (zero) during the early stages of their run chase and falling to 2-14, the result never looked in doubt.

Sthalekar and Alex Blackwell both produced 14-run knocks to help settle the side but it was Rachael Haynes who steered the Breakers to victory.

Haynes finished unbeaten on 27 from 17 deliveries, which included four boundaries.

Sunday's triumph makes it eight wins from eight games for the Breakers, preserving their perfect start to the season, while the Roar sit second-from-bottom, having won just two of their eight fixtures.

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First Posted 09 December, 2012 2:06PM AEST

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