WNCL Player Focus: Nicola Carey (Tasmania)

TASMANIA entered the WNCL history books on the weekend, becoming the second ever state to win a three peat of trophies after they defeated Queensland to take the 2023/24 title.

A huge part of that success was Player of the Match Nicola Carey. Contributing with both ball and ball in hand, she deservedly earned the award after taking a wicket before going on to score 111 not out.

After seeming to have fallen out of favour with the Australian selectors, Carey has really brought strong form this WNCL season and it showed again on the weekend. Carey only got the one wicket on the weekend, but every wicket is important in a final.

The wicket came in the 40th over and came as Charli Knott and Sianna Ginger were just starting to build a partnership.

Queensland began the over at 4/170, and Carey began the over with figures of 0/23 from the six overs she had bowled. After conceding a single off each of the first two balls, Carey then started to build some pressure with a dot ball. Then came the wicket ball, and the ball itself was pretty straight line wise, but hung really low and skidded straight past Ginger.

Then it came time to bat, and batting at three, Carey came out to the crease a lot sooner than she would have liked. She found herself out at the middle in only the second over after Lizelle Lee’s dismissal.

With the score at only 1/8, Tasmania needed a big innings and Carey certainly provided that.

Carey did not take too long to get off the mark, with a single coming off the second ball she faced, but really took a while to get going, scoring only three runs off the first almost three overs of balls she faced. She finally got her first boundary off the 17th ball she faced, guiding the ball around her body and through the slips down to boundary. She also had to play a bit of a supporting role early as Elyse Villani faced most of the balls early.

However, she would go on to be the back bone of the Tasmanian innings, proving unremovable for the Queensland bowlers. She would go on to hit 10 fours overall and really helped guide Tasmania over the line, thanks largely to a 132-run partnership with Heather Graham.

Fittingly she was still there at the end, and scored the match winning four to bring home the win.

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