On an overcast day in Sydney at the Blacktown International Sportspark, the stage was set for the WT20 semi-finals.
The night before in the KFC T20 Big Bash League, cricket fans saw the unbeatable team being beaten, as the Melbourne Stars went down to the Hobart Hurricanes.
In the shortest format of cricket, were upsets on the cards for the women's game as well?
Around the Grounds
Since the inception of ACT in the women's domestic competition, I have always found playing against them rather difficult as they lift that extra bit trying to prove a point and boy did they so that!
Having won the toss the Meteors elected to bat and put a competitive total on the board. The Breakers on the other hand looked really flat out in the field and bowled extremely poorly by bowling two sides of the wicket.
Despite loosing a few quick wickets and the key, Kris Britt for a golden duck, it didn't stop Nicola Browne (45 off 37) and Rene Farrell (30 off 31) showing the intent to 'go hard or go home'.
The Breakers never seemed to ease the flow of runs as most of the middle-to-late order batters were scoring at a strike rate of more than 110, with seven bowlers used to try and restrict the damage.
With an above-par score of 146 runs the Breakers top-order needed to fire. Alyssa Healy (51 off 44) and Alex Blackwell (29 off 24) looked in control, but when Blackwell went the momentum started to swing the Meteors' way. Then when Healy and Ellyse Perry went in the same over, you could see ACT lift an extra notch.
The run-rate was around nine runs per over when Britt turned to Rhiannon Dick, a left-arm orthodox spinner. It was Dick who produced the best bowling figures in WT20 history, 6-14, to finish off the game.
Quick runs were required for the Breakers with the run-rate climbing, therefore Dick was effective with no pace on the ball. The middle-to-lower order batters tried to go hard, but to no avail, as they lost the last remaining five wickets for 27 runs to lose by 12 runs.
After both teams came earlier to watch the first semi-final I am sure the Spirit may have been distracted by the result. The Fire were enthusiastic that another upset could happen, despite Jodie Fields being unavailable to lead her team on the field.
The Fire won the toss and elected to bowl, which was a great move as Holly Ferling was able to trouble the strong Victorian top-order with her pace and bounce. She removed Elyse Villani (4) and should've had the out-of-form Jessica Cameron, as she edged a hard chance to keeper Beth Mooney who dived to her left and put it down.
All Queensland bowlers executed great line and length and really made things tough for the Spirit who lost wickets in clumps. Once Courtney Hill removed the dangerous Meg Lanning (26 off 35) it was only Sarah Elliott (39 off 35) that got the Spirit to a below par score of 6-118.
For the Fire they couldn't of asked for a better start with Delissa Kimmince (the find of this tournament) and Beth Mooney providing a 71-run opening stand. These two bat extremely well together with Kimmince (39 off 26) the real aggressor and Mooney (46* off 42) providing stability up the other end.
Even when the Spirit picked up a wicket, it only brought Grace Harris (23 off 16) to the crease to take the match out of the Spirit's hands.
Player of the Round
In the biggest upset of the weekend, the Meteors created history to make their first ever domestic final. Nicole Browne was the key to their success as she was instrumental with the bat (45 off 37) but also provided some pace and bounce that limited the Breakers top order scoring options.
Rookie of the Round
It isn't the first time that Rhiannon Dick has featured in this section, but her match winning 6-14 enabled the Meteors to put the final nail in the Breakers' coffin.
She took the pace off and wasn't afraid to flight the ball as the middle-to-late order of the Breakers went searching for the maximum runs.
Bye the Way
For the first time in WT20 history, the Breakers or VicSpirit won't be appearing in the final.
Strongest Contender - Final Preview
One thing is for sure, there will be a new WT20 Champion come 5.30pm EDT tomorrow. With two new sides contesting in the WT20 final, both the Fire and Meteors will be excited and extremely nervous.
When looking at the sides, it is difficult to split the teams. The Meteors have the International experience of Farrell and Browne, but the Fire also has that kind of experience covered with Ferling, Jonassen, but also Kimmince, Bulow and Pike who were once part of the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars set up.
The Meteors have eight players that were involved in NSW Youth programs, where a certain philosophy is ingrained in you at junior National Championships, "you can win a game no matter what situation you are in". Maybe the fact that they have all been part of finals at a youth level and won those matches will give them a lot of confidence.
On the other hand, the Fire have the current up and comers in Australian cricket, with four of their players selected recently to represent the Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars in February against Sri Lanka. They certainly have the talent, but do they have the composure?
Seeing as I am none from two from the semi-final, I wouldn't necessarily place a bet on my prediction, but I feel this one is going down to the wire with the Fire prevailing JUST!
Tune into ONE HD from 11.05am local time or ABC Grandstand to follow the coverage of the WT20 final to see a new CHAMPION.