Tigers tempt fate but remain undefeated

TASMANIA has survived an scare from New South Wales (NSW) to defeat the Breakers by three wickets and keep its undefeated WNCL record in tact.

After NSW posted 5/274 from its 50 overs, the chase went down to the wire but Tasmania reached the target with five balls spare.

The Breakers got off to a disastrous start with the bat, losing their first wicket a third of the way through the third over with only a single run on the board.

It took them a few partnerships to get back on track, but thanks to an 83-run third wicket partnership and a 111-run fifth wicket partnership, they eventually did.

Erin Burns was the true saviour for the Breakers, with her unbeaten 107 contributing massively to the fifth wicket stand. Earlier, Claire Moore had also made 51.

Meanwhile, three of Tasmania’s wickets were runouts (two coming from the arm of Naomi Stalenberg), meaning Nicola Carey and Lauren Smith were the only bowlers to actually pick up a wicket, with Smith also producing a runout.

In reply, Tasmania’s big partnerships came at the start of their innings, but as the innings progressed the wickets started to fall and the partnership sizes started to decrease.

By the time the Tasmanians lost their seventh wicket, they needed 13 runs from 15 balls, but thanks to a productive penultimate over and one last four in the final over, the win was theirs.

Carey was ultimately the top scorer for the Tigers with 58, while Emma Manix-Geeves (57) and Elyse Villani (52) also notched up half-centuries.

Lauren Cheatle, fresh off a return from India, was chief destroyer with the ball for NSW with three wickets, while Stella Campbell took two. Burns was also busy, picking up two catches and a wicket.

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