Queensland’s big win results in a big prize

QUEENSLAND has booked its spot in the 2023/24 WNCL Final after defeating Western Australia by 182 runs in a rain affected match in Queensland yesterday.

In a match that was limited to 45 overs per side, Queensland made 5/304 before dismissing the Warriors for just 136.

This result means that no matter what happens in the second match between these sides tomorrow, Queensland will still move on to the WNCL Final to face Tasmania at the end of the month, while Western Australia will end its season after its next match.

Despite a disastrous start to its’ innings – losing the first wicket on the very first ball of the innings – the rest of Queensland’s top and early middle order set the side up for success and to post a huge score.

Georgia Voll (117) and Lauren Winfield-Hill (57) put together a 151-run second-wicket partnership to get things going, then Voll and Laura Harris (64) combined for an 84-run third-wicket partnership.

Meanwhile for the visitors Lilly Mills was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Zoe Britcliffe picked up one.

In reply, the Western Australians also lost a wicket early, but unlike their hosts they only responded from that with a 28-run second-wicket and 29-run third-wicket partnership.

This was a sign of things to come as partnerships of much substance were hard to come by for the visitors.

It did not help that Mills was unable to bat after picking up an injury, so a full dismissal came halfway through the 25th over.

The pick of the batters was Chloe Piparo with 28, while Chloe Ainsworth finished on 22 not out.

Meanwhile for the hosts the wicket taking duties were shared very evenly, with every bowler used picking up at least one wicket. Voll and Grace Parsons were the pick of the bowlers though with two wickets each.

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