Lendlease Breakers captain and Australian Women’s Cricket Team vice-captain Alex Blackwell demonstrated the class, calm and fighting spirit of a truly great leader in her 90-run stand against India in the ICC Women’s World Cup semi-final in Derby yesterday.

Needing 282 runs to win from a reduced 42 overs in the rain-affected knockout match, Blackwell took to the field at a point in the game when the defending champions were under pressure. Drawing on her wealth of big match experience, Blackwell exerted control over the Australian innings and put on a last stand with the bat to challenge India in an attempt to chase down the total despite the remaining overs dwindling away.

Lendlease Breakers coach Joanne Broadbent, commented on Blackwell’s ability to remain calm in the eye of the storm and the invaluable leadership role she plays.

“Alex really epitomises an athlete at the top of her game. She has a depth of experience playing in high pressure situations, which gives her an ability to stay calm and take control of the game.”

“She is a natural leader who leads by example, understands her role within the team and is committed to delivering that to the best of her ability. Time and time again she has persevered and shown real grit and determination, which earn her the respect not only of her teammates and colleagues, but her opponents.”

“She’s first class and we feel very lucky to have her as captain of the Lendlease Breakers,” concluded Broadbent.

Despite the semi-final loss, the team can return home with their heads held high after a raft of highlights achieved over their memorable campaign. These included Lendlease Breakers Belinda Vakarewa and Sarah Aley making their debuts for Australia, Rachael Haynes having the opportunity to captain the side in two of their pool games, Alyssa Healy getting her 50th ODI cap, Ellyse Perry hitting five consecutive half-centuries to post a total of 404 runs over the tournament and claiming the top all-rounder spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings and Alex Blackwell demonstrating her leadership and class with a terrific 90 off just 56 balls against India.