Queensland tune up the Fire ahead of WNCL Final

QUEENSLAND has tuned up for next weekend’s WNCL Final with a big six-wicket win over Western Australia.

After the Fire bowled out their visitors for 115, they then reached the target with just over 24 overs to spare.

The fact that Western Australia lost its first wicket only four overs in with only 12 runs on the board was a sign of things to come. The highest partnership of the entire innings was the 30-run third wicket partnership, as most partnerships struggled to get even into the double digits. This was made even worse when the visitors lost their last five wickets for 30 runs in a disastrous collapse.

Amy Edgar’s 35 was the pick of the bunch of the Western Australian batters, but was only one of four batters to make a double figure score. She was also one of four batters to outscore the extras tally of nine.

Meanwhile for Queensland Jess Jonassen put her disappointment about not playing in the Test match in Perth behind her in a big way, taking 4/6 off five overs in a stellar display. Lucy Hamilton also had a great day at the crease, picking up two wickets.

In reply Queensland lost a few wickets at a fairly regular pace, but not as many and not as frequently as its opponents had. This saw Queensland easily reach the target at about the halfway mark of the innings. Western Australia could not even blame poor bowling, only conceding four extras.

The top scorers for Queensland were Lauren Winfield-Hill and Jonassen’s 29 each, while for Western Australia Edgar and Shay Manolini each picked up two wickets. Chloe Piparo also had a strong display in the field, picking up two catches.

Queensland can now turn its attention to next week’s final, while for Western Australia the season is over.

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