History repeats as NSW Break Vic hearts at The Junction

THE NSW Breakers made it 2/2 against Victoria to start their WNCL season, once again defeating the Victorians in unpredictable weather conditions.

There was a weather delay to start the match, and a late out for the Victorians as Amy Vine replaced Makinley Blows. This time around it was the Victorians who won the toss and sent the Breakers into bat.

The Victorians had a much better start with the ball this time around as compared to Friday’s match. They removed the dangerous Alyssa Healy for a duck in only the second over.

Rachael Haynes and Tahlia Wilson then set about restoring the innings, and were able to put on a 55 run partnership before Haynes was dismissed. Wilson and Ash Gardner then put on a 48 run partnership before Gardner and Phoebe Litchfield really truly got NSW’s innings going. The pair put on a 97 run partnership before Gardner got dismissed.

There was a rain delay part way through the NSW innings, and subsequently it got reduced down to only 46 overs. In the end the Breakers finished on 7/300 off those 46 overs.

Pheobe Litchfield was the absolute star for the Breakers with the bat. After making a duck on Friday, she really turned it around in game two and make 88.

Gardner and Wilson both made over half centuries, making 57 and 54 respectively.

Sam Bates was once again the pick of the Victorian bowlers, taking 2/49 off her nine overs. Ellyse Perry, Kim Garth, Annabel Sutherland, Rhiann O’Donnell and Tess Flintoff all took one wicket each.

With the Duckworth – Lewis Method well and truly in play, the target for Victoria was set at 307 from 46 overs.

The Victorians had a slightly better start to their batting innings than NSW did, but not by much as they lost their first wicket at 1/15. NSW struck again not long after as late callup Vine was runout for five to leave the Victorians at 2/33.

NSW then really started to do some damage with the ball as the Victorians lost too many wickets too quickly and found themselves at 5/79 after only 16 and a half overs. Another rain delay part way through the innings saw Victoria’s target reduced down to 256 off 35 overs.

After the mid innings collapse, things started to get interesting for Victoria and certainly back on the right track. Perry and Nicole Faltum went about restoring the Victorian innings and keeping their side in the game.

That is certainly what they did. They put on a 136 run partnership before Faltum was trapped LBW by Hannah Darlington.

After that, things started to fall apart again. Perry was gone shortly after and Anna Lanning only lasted a ball before she was caught. In the end Victoria lost their last few wickets very cheaply and finished on 9/299.

Perry was the absolute star with the bat for the Vics. She certainly kept her side in the game with an innings of 120. Faltum finished on 49, but apart from that only two other Victorian batters made double figures.

Darlington was the pick of the NSW bowlers, taking 2/37 off her seven overs. This included one maiden. Erin Burns and Stella Campbell took two wickets each too, while Gardner nabbed one.

Both sides have got a bit of a break to their next match. NSW play the ACT on January 6, while Victoria travel to play the Meteors on the January 9

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