2023/24 WNCL Weekly Watch: Edition Three

WEEK three of the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) season saw reigning champions Tasmania finally get its season underway among four big matches across the week.

ACT vs Tasmania

Game One

Tasmania really picked up where the reigning champions left off last season in game one of their season, with an emphatic 120 run win over the ACT Meteors.

After belting a whopping 8/303 from their 20 overs, the Meteors tried to bat out their full overs but got nowhere close on the scoreboard, bowled out for 183 in the 43rd over.

Nicola Carey (90 runs) and Naomi Stalenberg (75 runs) both starred with the bat for Tasmania, while amongst their bowlers Hayley Silver-Holmes, Lauren Smith and Amy Smith all picked up two wickets each.

Meanwhile for the ACT both Amy Hunter and Jannatul Sumona picked up two wickets,while Rebecca Carter (49 runs) and Annie Wikman (43 runs) both made a good fist of things with the bat.

Game Two

Tasmania made it two from two against the Meteors with a sold six-wicket win yesterday.

After the Meteors were bowled out for 147 in just over 41 overs, the Tigers only needed just over 24 overs to get the job done.

Molly Strano was the star with the ball for Tasmania nabbing four wickets, while Lizelle Lee starred with the bat, making 77.

Meanwhile Olivia Porter made a half century for the Meteors, but no one from the Meteors got close to matching her score. Katie Mack nabbed three wickets for the Meteors, while debutant Chelsea Moscript nabbed the other one.

Queensland vs Victoria

Queensland continued the big wins trend yesterday, more than comfortably defeating the Victorians to the tune of 165 runs.

After making a very competitive 7/263 from their 50 overs, a tight bowling performance from the Fire helped keep Victoria to only 98 before being bowled out.

Grace Harris (63 runs), Georgia Redmayne (61 runs) and Mikayla Hinkley (48 runs) all impressed with the bat for Queensland, while Courtney Sippel (four wickets), Nicola Hancock (two wickets), Zoe Cooke (two wickets) and Grace Parsons (two wickets) did with the ball.

Meanwhile for the Victorians Milly Illingworth and Rhiann O’Donnell picked up two wickets each, while Meg Lanning scored over half the Victorian total by herself, making 51.

South Australia vs Western Australia

South Australia kept its undefeated record in tact with a solid win over its neighbours.

After the Scorpions made an impressive 9/263 from their 50 overs, the Western Australian ultimately had no hope of chasing down that tally, bowled out for 176 in the 47th over.

Amanda-Jade Wellington starred for the Scorpions, making 73 with the bat and taking three wickets with the ball. Kate Peterson also took three wickets, while Emma de Broughe made 49 runs.

Meanwhile for the visitors Amy Edgar and Piepa Cleary each took four wickets, while Maddy Darke made 55 runs.

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