Vic reignites Spirit to put out Queensland’s Fire

VICTORIA is finally on the board in the 2021/22 Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) season, after defeating Queensland to register its first win by 64 runs yesterday thanks to a Sam Bates five-fa.

Batting first, they made an okay start to their innings, before losing a few quick wickets to find themselves at 3/53. It was not until Makinley Blows and Nicole Faltum got to work that things started to turn around for Victoria. They put on a 59-run partnership for the fourth wicket to get the innings back on track.

After Faltum fell though, the Vics lost another wicket the very next ball, before Blows and Tess Flintoff put on a 40-run stand to get things back on track again.

Blows was dismissed, momentum stalled a bit and the Vics eventually finished on 8/180 from their 50 overs. Blows was the star with the bat and was the real linchpin of the innings. She made 64.

Next highest was Faltum with 25, and since no one else really got much of a start it was a stark sign of how much trouble the Victorians would have been in without Blows.

Meanwhile for Queensland, Courtney Sippell nabbed four wickets, including the two wickets in two balls mentioned previously. Georgia Prestwidge and Charli Knott also nabbed two each.

No matter how much momentum may have stalled at the tail end of the Victorian innings, it did not matter because a Victorian bowler was about to come through and rip through the Queensland lineup.

Bates took 5/29 on her way to ripping through the Queensland lineup and ensuring the Fire had no hope of reaching the target. She was ably assisted by Ella Hayward, who took three wickets of her own, as none of the Queensland batters really got much of a start and the Fire were bowled out for 116 with over 10 overs to go.

Only four of Queensland’s batters made a double figure score, with Ellie Johnston the best of those with 34.

Queensland do not have to wait too long to redeem themselves from that performance, as their next match is against the ACT Meteors on Sunday.

Victoria has to wait a little bit longer for its next match though. The Vics do not play another match until next Thursday, when it takes on Tasmania back at home.

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