A Meteor shower puts out Queensland’s Fire

THE ACT Meteors are back on the winners list, comfortably defeating the Queensland Fire in yesterday’s Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) clash.

The Meteors got sent into bat, and that proved a fruitful decision for Queensland when they nabbed their first wicket in the fourth over to leave the Meteors at 1/7. Only two runs later Georgia Prestwidge struck again and the Meteors found themselves at 2/9.

It was not until Erin Osborne and Carly Leeson go to work then things started to turn around. They put on a 107-run partnership to really turn things around for their side. Although they lost a number of more wickets very cheaply, that partnership from Osborne and Leeson meant that the Meteors posted a very competitive 9/224 off their 50 overs.

Unsurprisingly, it was Osborne and Leeson that top scored for the Meteors. Osborne made 58 while Leeson made 50. Meanwhile for Queensland, Prestwidge was the star with the ball, taking 4/42 off her 10 overs, which did include a maiden. Courtney Sippel also took two wickets.

The Queensland reply got off to quite the disaster, with Charli Knott run out for a duck to leave the Fire in trouble from the start. Unfortunately for the Fire, that dismissal was also a sign of what was to come. They just kept losing wickets far too regularly, and without Sippel’s 53 not out they would have been in even more trouble than they already were.

Ultimately the Fire were bowled out for only 138 in the 37th over, handing the Meteors a very handy win. Apart from Sippel, Georgia Voll and Mikayla Hinkley were the only Queensland batters to make a double figure score.

Meanwhile for the Meteors, the wicket taking was a shared affair. All bowlers that were used got at least one wicket, with Zoe Cooke and Alisha Bates picking up two each.

Neither side has to wait very long at all until their next match. The Meteors are up against South Australia tomorrow, while the Fire take on the Western Australians tomorrow.

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