Ferling, Mooney headline Queensland Fire's first win in WNCL 2021
Holly Ferling celebrates taking a wicket during the WNCL match between Queensland and Western Australia. © Getty Images
Brilliant new-ball bowling from Holly Ferling and clinical performance with the bat helped Queensland Fire beat Western Australia by nine wickets at Allan Border Field, Brisbane on Saturday (February 27). It was their first win in the Women's National Cricket League 2021.
After winning the toss and opting to bat, the Western Australia were off to a horror start. Their top three - Chloe Piparo, Ashley Day and Megan Banting - walked back to the pavilion without troubling the scorers. While Piparo edged Ferling to first-slip, Day followed the act off Courtney Sippel. Banting, on the other hand, top-edged Ferling to the mid-wicket fielder.
Western Australia lost three wickets without any runs on the scoreboard. Nicole Bolton, too, immediately to Ferling and they were reduced to five for four after five overs. Joined by Amy Edgar, Mathilda Carmichael tried to revive the innings.
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Together, they added 20 runs before Edgar got out to Maegan Dixon for five runs from 27 balls. Walking in at number seven, Alana King built a partnership with Carmichael. The duo scored 48 runs in 77 balls for the sixth wicket.
When it looked like they were rebuilding the innings, Charli Knott broke the partnership as she dismissed Carmichael for a 73-ball 39. King, however, kept the innings going with Piepa Cleary. She scored 344 runs off 67 balls before getting run out by Jess Jonassen.
Cleary got out to Jonassen off the very next ball, and Western Australia slumped further down to 109 for eight. Cleary made 38 from 53 balls, and they were eventually all out for 140 in 46.1 overs. Ferling was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for 22 runs in her eight overs.
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Chasing less than three runs per over, the Fire openers Beth Mooney and Georgia Voll took on the bowlers right from the start. Mooney was the aggressor in the partnership smashing 73 runs in 58 balls at a strike rate of 125.86.
With Voll, she had added 136 runs and before getting out to Emma King. Voll remained not out till the end with 53 from 65 balls as the Fire chased down the target in 21 overs.
Brief Scores: Western Australia 140/10 in 46.1 overs (Mathilda Carmichael 39; Holly Ferling 3/22) lost to Queensland Fire 142/1 in 21 overs (Beth Mooney 73, Georgia Voll 53*; Emma King 1/19) by nine wickets.