Queensland upset snuffs out the Fire of NSW season

QUEENSLAND has caused one of the upsets of the 2021/22 Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) season, defeating New South Wales (NSW) and ending the Breakers’ chances at playing in the final.

Coming into the match, NSW only needed a win or a draw to make the final, and they did not achieve either.

After posting a somewhat competitive total, the Fire ripped through the NSW lineup to take the win, led by Charli Knott.

The Fire chose to bat first, and after a little bit of an early wobble, Knott and Georgia Voll got to work to steer the innings back on track. They put on an 86-run partnership to take the score from 1/15 to 2/99.

Although no one else could achieve a stance quite that big for the rest of the innings, it did not matter as the partnerships were solid enough and kept the scoreboard ticking over.

In the end, the Fire made a competitive 7/214 off their 50 overs.

Voll was the best of the batters for Queensland, notching 52 at the top of the order. However, most of Queensland’s other batters did make a solid enough start but were not able to go on and make a decent score.

Most of the wicket taking honours were evenly shared amongst the NSW bowlers, but Sammy-Jo Johnson and Jade Allen both took two wickets.

NSW also had an early wobble in its batting innings, but unlike Queensland was not able to come back it.

When Erin Burns was dismissed at 4/43, things really started to fall apart. The Breakers went from 4/43 to 6/45 in the space of 11 balls.

Lauren Smith and Angelina Genford did put up a bit of a late resistance though, putting on a 65-run partnership, but by then the damage was already done.

After it looked like for a while that they were going to be bowled out, the Breakers ultimately made it to the finish line of their innings, limping over the line at 9/152.

Genford and Smith were the best of the NSW batters, making 45 not out and 30 respectively.

Meanwhile for Queensland, Knott was the chief destroyer with the ball, taking three wickets in her 10 overs. She was ably assisted by Courtney Sippel, who took two wickets.

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