In the ongoing 2023-24 edition of the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL), New South Wales Breakers and Queensland Fire will compete in match no. 3. The game is scheduled to take place at Cricket Central, Sydney Olympic Park, on the 24th of September, 2023, at 5:00 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
New South Wales Breakers – Alyssa Healy (C), Jade Allen, Maitlan Brown, Erin Burns, Sarah Coyte, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Saskia Horley, Sammy-jo Johnson, Anika Learoyd, Phoebe Litchfield, Claire Moore, Tahlia Wilson
Queensland Fire – Jess Jonassen (C), Zoe Cooke, Sianna Ginger, Lucy Hamilton, Nicola Hancock, Laura Harris, Mikayla Hinkley, Kira Holmes, Charli Knott, Grace Parsons, Georgia Redmayne, Courtney Sippel, Georgia Voll
Players to watch out:
The 20-year-old opening batter, in 8 One-Day Internationals, has accumulated 301 runs, including the highest score of 106*. Phoebe had a brilliant WNCL season last summer, scoring 399 runs in 8 games and notching up her maiden ton (107) as well. She has got her campaign underway this summer with a score of 29 and will look to capitalize on the start.
The 26-year-old all-rounder, in the lead-up to WNCL, had a brief stint in England’s domestic One-Day competition and The Hundred. Maitlan, in the previous WNCL, featured in only 4 games and while she was a disappointment with the bat, scoring only 20 runs, she excelled with the ball, bagging 7 wickets. In the opener this summer, she wasn’t required with the bat and continues to impress with the ball, producing figures of 1/28 (7).
The 20-year-old batting all-rounder impressed in the previous WNCL season, scoring 397 runs at an average of 33.08 and recording the highest score of 145. In 4 bowling outings, she also picked up 3 wickets. Georgia got the ongoing 23-24 season underway with a brilliant score of 65 and will want to stitch together another big season while eyeing an international debut.
The 27-year-old pacer rose to fame in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) for her ability to swing the ball both ways. Nicola, in 12 WNCL appearances last summer, scalped as many wickets while continuing to be handy with the bat, scoring 70 runs in 6 games. In the ongoing season opener, she bowled only 4 overs, conceding 17 runs.
The 22-yard strip at Cricket Central, Sydney Olympic Park, favors the bowlers, particularly the pacers, resulting in a modest average One-Day total of 183 runs at the venue. Batters, when they have spent enough time in the middle, can seamlessly switch gears.
With a minimal chance of rain and the temperature forecasted to hover around 20°C, we are in for a complete game of cricket. It should be a pleasant day tomorrow with light winds, partly cloudy overhead, and humidity at 91%.
Fantasy playing XI:
Alyssa Healy, Georgia Redmayne, Tahlia Wilson, Phoebe Litchfield, Georgia Voll, Ashleigh Gardner, Charli Knott, Erin Burns, Sammy-jo Johnson, Jess Jonassen, Sarah Coyte
Date – September 24, 2023
Time – 5:00 AM IST
Venue – Cricket Central, Sydney Olympic Park
Broadcast – The game will be live-streamed on cricket.com.au and the CA Live app, and it will also be available for streaming on Kayo Sports.