Jemma Barsby generated a gutsy knock for Queensland, but Nicole Bolton and Chloe Piparo steered in the opening summer in Western Australia. Western Australia won the Women’s National Cricket League season’s first points, achieving a five-wicket point over the Queensland Fire of round one on the starting day.
Skipper Chloe Piparo and Nicole Bolton partnered splendidly for Western Australia, putting on a 156-run-stand to boost the guests toward triumph after a solid presentation with the ball saw Queensland bowled out for 189. To anchor the Western Australian team, Opener Piparo performed consistently, her 118-ball score of 76 with eight boundaries.
Bolton appeared happy to play back part alongside Piparo, be that as it may the experienced player increased the stake at the back conclusion of the innings, top-scoring on 77 from 106 balls. Things looked promising for WA from the outset, Sophie Devine capturing the wicket of the dangerous Grace Harris for 1 in the first over after Piparo won the toss and elected to bowl.
Starting there on, wickets fell normally for Queensland. Opener Kirby Short and first drop Laura Harris were both back to pavilion without scoring in the second over to Taneale Peschel. A 70-run fifth-wicket partnership between Georgia Redmayne and Mikayla Hinkley steadied the ship to some degree for the hosts. Hinkley’s departure on account of Kath Hempenstall for 34 in the 29th over seemed to start something of a breakdown for Queensland, with Josie Dooley and Sammy-Jo Johnson leaving for single figures one after another.
It wasn’t until Jemma Barsby went to the crease that the Queenslanders had the option to have a critical effect on the score. Coming in to bat at number nine, Barsby created a gutsy thump of 63 off 70 to set Western Australia a good aggregate of 189 from 47 overs. Devine and Peschel took three wickets each, while Emma King economically bowled to complete with 2-27 in her 10 overs. Devine was unable to add as efficiently to the bat, leaving for a duck to Johnson in the first place, before player Amy Edgar accompanied order in the third over, leaving for zero as well. However, by that point, Piparo and Bolton’s efforts had brought guests to 3-168 within 30 runs of the total needed. Bolton placed on an additional eight runs before Barsby dropped her out of 106 balls for 77. The work for WA was finished by Ashley Day and Megan Banting, reaching the target with more than six overs remaining.
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