Vakarewa, Moloney, Carey help Tigers register easy win over Western Australia
An easy run-chase after their bowlers’ effort saw Tasmanian Tigers continue their winning streak in the Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) campaign with a nine wicket win over Western Australia at Kingston Twin Ovals on Wednesday (February 17).
Chasing 171 for a win, Tigers were given a strong start by their openers, Rachel Priest (33) and Sasha Moloney. The former Kiwi wicketkeeper-batter was then trapped in front by young leg-spinning allrounder Alana King (one for 20), which ended their 59-run stand.
A collapse or a flurry of wickets thereon was just a dream for Western Australia as Moloney and Nicola Carey saw Tigers through. The duo scored half centuries each, with Moloney staying unbeaten on 77 while Carey finished 50 not out.
After being put in to bat, Western Australia lost Nicole Bolton (three), Megan Banting (13) and Mathilda Carmichael (zero) inside 50 runs. Chloe Piparo was holding one end up and scored a half century. She then saw Amy Edgar depart for a duck before being the fifth wicket to fall with Western Australia’s score on 91.
Piepa Cleary, with an unbeaten 42, gave the stability lower down the order and helped Western Australia to a score of 170, which at times seemed distant. She also stitched a 32-run partnership with Emma King (eight) for the eighth wicket before the latter was run out.
For the Tigers, Belinda Vakarewa and Carey shone with the ball with two wickets each while Samantha Bates was at her economical best, giving away just 26 runs for a wicket in ten overs.
This was Western Australia’s first WNCL game in this season while Tigers are on top of the table with three wins in as many matches.
Brief Scores: Western Australia 170/8 in 50 overs (Chloe Piparo 50, Piepa Cleary 42*; Belinda Vakarewa 2/22, Nicola Carey 2/33) lost to Tasmanian Tigers 171/1 in 31.3 overs (Sasha Moloney 77*, Nicola Carey 50*) by nine wickets.