30 March 2020
NSW Blues v Western Australia - Women's National Cricket League Final - preview
Chloe Piparo West Australian captain speaks ahead of the WNCL 2020 Final
The NSW Breakers and Western Australia will contest the 24th Women's National Cricket League Final at North Sydney Oval on Sunday.
The Breakers have made all 24 Finals and won the title 20 times while Western Australia is playing for its first Ruth Preddy Cup.
Needing to win to make the final, WA defeated the Breakers by four wickets in the last home and away round thanks to half centuries from Piparo (51), Player of the Match Nicole Bolton (53) and Megan Banting (57)
WA has a strong batting line-up lead by Bolton (369 runs) and Piparo (365 runs).
Lisa Griffith NSW Breakers captain speaks ahead of the WNCL 2020 Final
An inexperienced Breakers squad is being captained by allrounder Lisa Griffith, who will be leading the team for just the fifth time.
Nine of the 13 players are yet to play in a WNCL Final, including seven teenagers, six of whom have debuted this season.
Among the debutants is Phoebe Litchfield,16, who has scored 249 runs at an average of nearly 50 in her first campaign.
Tahlia Wilson, 20, is the Breakers' leading run-scorer this season with 255 runs at 42.5 after just two modest games last summer.
The Final will also be the final match for 33-year-old seamer Rene Farrell, after a distinguished career that has spanned 13 years and included 101 International matches for Australia
Among those appearances for her country includes an Ashes hat-trick.
Farrell joins fellow senior player Sarah Aley, Naomi Stalenberg and 18-year-old Rachel Trenaman as the only Breakers players to appear in a WNCL Final.
Breakers captain Alyssa Healy, Rachael Haynes and Ashleigh Gardner are all unavailable due to national duties with the Australian Women’s Team preparing for the upcoming T20 World Cup starting on 21 February in Sydney.
Regular squad members left-arm pace bowler Lauren Cheatle and off-spinner Lauren Smith will also miss the Final due to injury.
Western Australia Squad:
Chloe Piparo (c)
NSW Breakers squad
Lisa Griffith (c)
WNCL Final Sunday
North Sydney Oval
Entry is free.
Live streamed at cricket.com.au