The NSW Breakers lost the WNCL Final by 42 runs to Western Australia on Sunday with seamer Rene Farrell taking four wickets in her final match.
After Western Australia posted 231 at North Sydney Oval, a disciplined bowling effort by WA restricted the Breakers to 189, who were dismissed in the 50th over.
The Breakers earned hosting rights for the Final courtesy of finishing top of the table with six wins from eight matches and their team in the deciding match included six teenagers.
Australian representative Nicole Bolton was pivotal in Western Australia’s very first WNCL title. She scored 67 from 107 balls and claimed 3-34, with her off-spin, in a Player of the Match performance.
Farrell finished with season best figures of 4-33 from 10 overs including Western Australian captain Chloe Piparo from the second ball of the match.
The seamer followed Piparo’s wicket with that of Australian representative, allrounder Heather Graham for 4, and WA was 2/8 in the third over. Her third wicket was Bolton also bowled.
Farrell also made a handy 18 from 32 balls with the bat.
Bolton finished as the WNCL leading run-scorer this season with 436 runs at an average of 48.44.
Farrell was the leading wicket-taker with 21 wickets at an average of 13.1. Bolton was third with 16.
Breakers teenage fast bowler Stella Campbell claimed 3-55 from her nine overs.
The Breakers made a solid start to the chase through teenagers Rachel Trenaman (37) and wicketkeeper-batter Maddy Darke (36), but the Western Australian bowlers kept the required run rate in check.
The pair shared a 64-run opening stand. Western Australian medium-pacer Heather Graham also picked up 3-40 and spinner Emma King claimed 3-28.