The New South Wales Breakers have won their first Women's Twenty20 title after beating the Western Fury by five wickets in an enthralling final at the WACA on Saturday.
Solid batting displays from Leah Poulton (41 off 31) and captain Alex Blackwell (unbeaten 41 off 38) helped get the Breakers to 5-130 with four balls to spare as they successfully chased down the Fury's total of 5-126 in what was a memorable victory for the country's most successful women's team.
The Breakers went into the game undefeated but got off to a less than impressive start as the Fury, who won the toss and elected to bat, came out of the blocks flying.
Suzie Bates and Jenny Wallace smashed their way to an opening stand of 42 before the latter top edged a Sarah Coyte (2-18 off four overs) delivery to mid-off to be out for 24.
But the Fury did not lose heart as Nicole Bolton picked up where Wallace left off, combining with Bates for 66 runs before holing out to deep square leg in the 17th over with the score on 110.
As the Fury pushed for runs in the last three overs, wickets began to fall consistently with the Breakers claiming two run outs in as many balls in the final over as the Fury finished on 5-126 from their 20 overs.
The Breakers got the run chase off to an ideal start thanks to the power of Poulton and Alyssa Healy (20 off 16).
Like their Fury counterparts, the pair put on 42 runs for the opening wicket before Healy edged one through to Wallace from the bowling of Gemma Triscari (1-21 off three overs).
Poulton was then joined by Blackwell with the pair putting on another 30 runs before the opener fell to Emma King (1-22 off four overs) in the 11th over to leave the Breakers on 2-72.
The Fury could not go on with the job however as Blackwell, supported by Lisa Sthalekar (14 off 12) for a vital three-over period, took control of the match, hitting the winning runs with her third four to lead her side to victory in the final over.
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First Posted 19 January, 2013 8:00PM AEST