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WNCL 2001/2002


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NSW celebrates the winning runs for the 4th National League title at the SCG in 2000(Feb 4th) The NSWIS Blues have completed a season clean sweep by taking their 6th consecutive WNCL title over the weekend.

For the first time, the Blues went into the finals undefeated in the home-and-away round matches, and finished a season shut-out with a 2-0 finals defeat of the Victoria Spirit in the best-of-3 Final series.

With a wet weekend forcast and rain overnight Friday, the groundstaff at Bankstown worked overtime to get the first game underway with a delay of only 80 minutes.

The Vics found themselves batting first on what looked like a sound pitch with, unbeliveably, a sunny day ahead. Emma Twining picked up young Spirit opener, Sarah Edwards in the 9th over, and when Bronwyn Calver rattled Spirit and Australian captain Belinda Clark's stumps in the 18th, they were 2/40 and starting to slide. In-form batter Mel Jones was next to go to an outstanding catch at gully by a diving Martha Winch. She was soon followed by Australian youth player, Kelly Applebee to put Spirit on the back foot at 4/40. Louise Broadfoot (41) then dug in to put some runs on the board with some assistance from the lower order and the Spirit crawled to 133 all out. Calver finished with 3/23 while Twining picked up 2/20.

Tight opening bowling from Fitzpatrick and Clea Smith saw the Blues start slowly, but they always seemed in control despite losing openers Lisa Keightley (20) and Lisa Sthalekar (31) and number 4, Winch (29). Michelle Goszko (28n.o) and Shannon Cunneen (8n.o) saw the Blues home comfortably in 42 overs.

Sunday saw an overcast sky, and Blues captain Julie Hayes again asked the Spirit to bat. Again, Edwards was first to go in the 16th over for 5, with her opening partner Clark dominating the 39 first-wicket stand. This again sparked a wicket roll that saw the Spirit lose 4/17 with Clark (34), Applebee (1) and Broadfoot(9) back in the pavilon at 4/56.

The pressure was on Mel Jones to stand up, and that she did with some dominating strokes as she rectified the innings with a fine 77 supported by Cathryn Fitzpatrick (29) and Stephanie Theodore (19no) that saw the Spirit post a competitive 9/186.

The best of the bowlers were Therese McGregor (3/40) and Sthalekar (2/22) with a spate of runouts from the Blues (2 from McGregor) at the end of the innings removing the tail.

Keightley and Sthalekar opened the innings well with Keightley falling for 35 with the score on 1/49. Sthalekar took over the anchor role, combining with Goszko (15), Winch (7) and then Cunneen (28) to guide the team to 4/146 before falling to a Shannon Young direct hit runout in the 42nd over.

From here the game tightened with the Spirit applying some pressure that saw Hayes (0) come and go and young Alex Blackwell join Cunneen at the wicket with the Blues needing 41 from 45 balls.

Tight bowling from Young and Fitzpatrick had the batters struggling with every run cheered by the local crowd. Some pressure shots from a hard hitting Cunneen, and some innovation from Blackwell combined with high-risk running saw the Blues to 184 when Cunneen pushed her luck too far and Mel Jones ran her out on 28.

Terry McGregor then came to the crease with the Blues needing 3 runs from 3 balls for victory. Fitzpatrick gave the Blues a chance with a full toss down legside that saw the batters scambling and, amidst a run out appeal on McGregor, the call of no ball on the delivery. This brought the Blues level at 186 with the ball to be rebowled. McGregor dropped it to leg and ran for the second time in three years to take the Blues to a hard fought and exciting victory.

Lisa Sthalekar was named Player of the Final to top off her week, being named Australian Youth Captain earlier. Karen Rolton (SA Scorpions) was named Player of the Series after the game. She was also voted Player's Player by her peers

Pre-Season News

There have been a number of changes in the off-season:

Victoria Spirit - Former NSWIS Blues player and current Australian captain,Belinda Clark, will captain the Spirit. Former Australian player Charmaine Mason's decision to retire at the end of the triumphant Ashes tour has left a vacancy in the Spirit's pace attack. Jane Franklin has also left the squad due to joining the police.

NSWIS Blues - Last season's vice captain, Julie Hayes, will step up to captain.

Konica Queensland Fire - Megan White (played for Victoria last season) and Renee Lee (retirement) have returned to the Konica Queensland Fire.

Southern Scorpions - They will rely even more heavily on captain Karen Rolton (last season's WNCL Player of the Series) as they struggle to fill the holes (in both experience and talent) left by Joanne Broadbent(retirement) and Olivia Magno (recovering from a knee injury suffered on the Ashes tour). They have, however, gained the services of ACT Under 19 captain, Kris Britt (joint player of the tournament at the Under 19's in Adelaide in January), as one of their Interstate players. Britt elected to try out for the Scorpions as ACT does not have a senior side to compete in the National League (ACT last competed at open level in 1994/5 under the National Championship format).

The squads for the coming National League season are:

NSWIS Blues: Sarah Andrews, Alex Blackwell, Kate Blackwell, Karina Bird, Bronwyn Calver, Leonie Coleman, Shannon Cunneen, Bronwyn Daws, Michelle Goszko, Julie Hayes (c), Lisa Keightley, Therese McGregor (vc), Sharon Millanta, Debbie Nelson, Leah Poulton, Lisa Sthalekar, Emma Twining, Jenny Wallace, Martha Winch.

Konica Queensland Fire Squad: Maryanne Brandon, Tricia Brown, Reanna Browne, Bronwyn Buckley, Melissa Bulow, Robyn Cooper, Sally Cooper, Angela Farrell, Kelly Klibbe, Cindy Kross, Renea Lee, Belinda Matheson, Kerryn Matthews, Vanessa Pickering, Kirsten Pike, Julia Price (c), Jodie Purves, Leteysha Randall, Leonie Shields, Heidi Thompson, Megan White

Southern Scorpions: Heather Booth, Kris Britt, Nerissa Broad, Lauren Ebsary, Jo-anna Kenney, January Jackowiack, Annette Johnson, Danae, Kroehn, Jess Lucas, Naomi Maidment, Heather Marshall (vc), Shae McGuirk, Shelley Nitschke, Belinda Noack, Jess Oldfield, Karen Rolton (c), Nicole Simon, Amanda Taylor, Julie Woerner

Victorian Spirit Squad Ando Aparo, Kelly Applebee, Louise Broadfoot, Kathryn Buick, Belinda Clark(c), Sarah Edwards, Cathryn Fitzpatrick, Melanie Jones, Brooke MacFarlane, Ingrid Noack, Clea Smith, Stephanie Theodore, Bree White, Karyn Winterton, Natalie Wood, Shannon Young

Western Fury Squad Julie Burnett, Elwyn Campbell, Renee Chappell, Christy Craven, Avril Fahey, Zoe Goss, Angele Gray,  Zoe Kissane, Julianne Langley, Peta Merrilees, Narelle Morrison, Heather Taylor, Kelly Tyrell

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WNCL Draw 2001-2

DATE TEAMS LOCATION WINNER
Sat 3 Nov NSWIS Blues v Southern Scorpions Thomas Dalton Park, Wollongong NSWIS Blues
  Konica Queensland Fire v Victoria Spirit Allan Border Field, Qld Victoria Spirit
Sun 4 Nov NSWIS Blues v Southern Scorpions Thomas Dalton Park, Wollongong NSWIS Blues 
  Konica Queensland Fire v Victoria Spirit Allan Border Field, Qld Victoria Spirit
Sat 24 Nov Western Fury v Southern Scorpions Abbett Park, WA Southern Scorpions
Sun 25 Nov Western Fury v Southern Scorpions Abbett Park, WA Southern Scorpions
Sat 1 Dec NSWIS Blues v Konica Queensland Fire Drummoyne Oval, NSW NSWIS Blues
Sun 2 Dec NSWIS Blues v Konica Queensland Fire Drummoyne Oval, NSW NSWIS Blues
Sat 8 Dec Victoria Spirit v Western Fury Central Reserve, Vic Victoria Spirit
Sun 9 Dec Victoria Spirit v Western Fury Central Reserve, Vic Victoria Spirit
Sat 22 Dec Southern Scorpions v Victoria Spirit Adelaide Oval, SA Victoria Spirit
Sun 23 Dec Southern Scorpions v Victoria Spirit Adelaide Oval, SA Southern Scorpions
Sat 29 Dec Western Fury v NSWIS Blues WACA NSWIS Blues
Sun 30 Dec Western Fury v NSWIS Blues WACA NSWIS Blues
Sat 12 Jan Southern Scorpions v Konica Queensland Fire Adelaide Oval #2, SA Southern Scorpions
Sun 13 Jan Southern Scorpions v Konica Queensland Fire Adelaide Oval #2, SA Queensland Fire
Sat 19 Jan Victoria Spirit v NSWIS Blues Melbourne University NSWIS Blues
  Konica Queensland Fire v Western Fury Allan Border Field, QLD Queensland Fire
Sun 20 Jan Victoria Spirit v NSWIS Blues Melbourne University NSWIS Blues
  Konica Queensland Fire v Western Fury Allan Border Field, QLD Queensland Fire
Sat 2 Feb Final 1: NSWIS Blues v Victoria Spirit Memorial Oval, Bankstown NSW NSWIS Blues
Sun4 Feb Final 2: NSWIS Blues v Victoria Spirit Memorial Oval, Bankstown NSW NSWIS Blues

Points Table @ 21 January 2002

State Played Won Lost Tied NR Pts RRF RRA NRR
NSWIS Blues 8 8       48 3.749 2.805 0.944
Victoria Spirit 8 5 3     30 3.433 3.092 0.341
Southern Scorpions 8 4 4     24 3.247 3.788 -0.541
Queensland Fire 8 3 5     18 3.722 3.530 0.192
Western Fury 8   8     0 3.278 4.251 -0.974

Current Season Statistics

WNCL Records

BATTING STATS

Runs                  Average                 Strike Rate
(min 200)             (min 200 @ 30)          (min 200 @ 50)
K Rolton (S)    509   K Rolton (S)    63.63   K Rolton (S)    91.38
B Clark (V)     433   B Clark (V)     43.30   B Clark (V)     71.22
L Sthalekar (N) 347   M Jones (V)     40.13   A Gray (W)      65.59
L Keightley (N) 339   L Sthalekar (N) 38.56   M Winch (N)     65.33
M Jones (V)     321   M Goszko (N)    35.50   M Goszko (N)    59.41
M Goszko (N)    284   M Winch (N)     35.00   M Bulow (Q)     55.79
M Bulow (Q)     265   L Keightley (N) 33.90   M Jones (V)     55.25
M Winch (N)     245   M Bulow (Q)     33.13   L Sthalekar (N) 52.50
A Gray (W)      204                          

BOWLING STATS

Wickets               Average                Economy Rate
(min 10)             (min 10/max 20)         (min 40ov/max 3rpo)
B Calver (N)     18* C Kross (Q)       14.09 E Twining (N)     2.37
E Twining (N)    14  E Twining (N)     14.71 C Kross (Q)       2.50
S Young (V)      13  B Calver (N)      16.44 K Rolton (S)      2.62
C Kross (Q)      11  S Young (V)       18.23 J Hayes (N)       2.68
T McGregor (N)   11                          L Sthalekar (N)   2.69
L Sthalekar (N)  11                          C Fitzpatrick (V) 2.77
B Matheson (Q)   10                          B Matheson (Q)    2.81
C Fitzpatrick (V)10                          C Smith (V)       2.98
K Rolton (S)     10
* New National League Record                          

WICKETKEEPING

                 Ct  St  Total
A Aparo (V)      2   8     10
J Price (Q)      4   3     7
J Kenney (S)     2   3     5
L Coleman (N)    3   1     4
S Cunneen (N)    3   1     4
P Merrilees (W)  3   1     4

FIELDING

                Ct
S Theodore (V)  9
L Keightley (N) 6
R Lee (Q)       6
L Broadfoot (V) 5
T Brown (Q)     5
R Chappell (W)  5
B Clark (V)     5
M Winch (N)     5

PARTNERSHIPS

1   147   L Keightley/L Sthalekar  NSW v WA    29/12/01
2   133   K Britt/K Rolton         SA v WA     25/11/01
3   146   M Goszko/M Winch         NSW v SA    4/11/01
4    73   K Rolton/N Maidment      SA v Qld    12/1/02
5    90   M Jones/C Fitzpatrick    Vic v NSW   3/2/03
6    92#  N Maidment/L Ebsary      SA v Vic    22/12/01
7    36   L Broadfoot/A Aparo      Vic v NSW   2/2/02
8    42   C Kross/B Buckley        Qld v Vic   4/11/01
9    56*# C Kross/R Lee            Qld v Vic   4/11/01
10   31=  B White/S Young          Vic v SA    23/12/01
* denotes unbroken
# New National League record
= Equals National League record

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