The NSW Breakers will be playing for top place on the Women’s National Cricket League table when they meet the ACT Meteors at Hurstville Oval on Tuesday.
A bonus point victory against Queensland last Thursday has the reigning champions sitting third on the WNCL ladder three points behind top team Western Australia.
On a very tight table five teams, from second-placed Queensland to the sixth-placed Meteors, have two wins but the Breakers and Meteors have a game in hand.
The Breakers will be strengthened by the return of experienced seamer Sarah Aley, who missed last week’s match with a calf niggle. She replaces Maddy Darke in the only change to the 13-player squad.
The batting will again be highlighted by experienced Australian players, captain Alyssa Healy and vice-captain Rachael Haynes, while veteran Rene Farrell will continue to lead the bowling with the allround support of Ashleigh Gardner, a damaging middle order batter and frontline spinner.
Among the standouts during the last match were teenagers Hayley Silver-Holmes, who claimed 3-18 with her accurate seamers, and exciting left-hander Phoebe Litchfield, who scored 44 from 40 balls at a pivotal time in the game.
Breakers coach Dom Thornley said: “It was great to get some early momentum going into the second half of the WNCL schedule.
“We played a smart brand of cricket against a very good opposition in Queensland. What pleased us most with our victory was a team effort with contributions from everyone.
"Our kids are starting to gain further confidence and our experienced players are enjoying being around the group and contributing.
“This fixture provides us with another opportunity to continue on the style of cricket we play best and we look forward to seeing the improvements in our game that we discussed last week.
“The next few weeks are about momentum, challenging ourselves to make smart decisions and execute all our skills. I am really impressed with what is being delivered by our group and am confident of further results.
“It’s an exciting time to be involved with this NSW Breakers group”
Alyssa Healy (c)
Rachael Haynes (vc)