NSW Breakers will be looking to extend one of Australian sport’s longest winning streaks by taking a ninth straight women’s national one-day title.
NSW Breakers will be out to stretch one of Australian sport’s longest winning streaks when they strive for a ninth straight Women’s National Cricket League one-day title against Victoria at North Sydney Oval on Sunday.
Standing in their way will be a loaded Victoria batting lineup including Australian representatives Meg Lanning, Elyse Villani, Jess Cameron and Sarah Elliott.
Lanning showed a liking for the venue when Australia played three games there against New Zealand in December 2012.
She smashed 72 off 53 balls, a record breaking 103 off 50 and 38 off 35.
The two traditional powers of Australian women’s cricket, NSW and Victoria have between them won all previous 17 WNCL titles.
However, both came unstuck in the recent Twenty20 semi-finals, with NSW upset by ACT and Victoria toppled by eventual winners Queensland.
Captained by Alex Blackwell, NSW finished six points clear at the top of the one-day ladder, winning all six of their matches, with Victoria suffering their only loss in a 66-run defeat by the Breakers.
“The group is always pushing each other to make sure that we are continually improving and that we’re at the top of our game, because we don’t want to be the team to give up that mantle,” said Breakers vice-captain and former Victorian Rachael Haynes.
Spirit captain Kelly Applebee is one of the few Victorians still playing who were part of their last WNCL triumph in 2004-05.
“I think there’s a really good feel amongst our group this year and I know that everyone believes that we can win the title,” Applebee told AAP.
Victoria will be at full strength while NSW regain the services after injury of Sarah Coyte.
They have however lost their other Australian allrounder Ellyse Perry, who has has opted to play for Sydney FC in a W-League semi-final on Sunday.