Maisy Gibson now has a piece of history to remember as she continues her career – a key wicket for New South Wales as they claimed their record-setting 20th Women’s National Cricket League title last Saturday afternoon.
The Breakers held off a brilliant Queensland by 31 runs at North Sydney Oval to etch their squad’s names into the history books, with Gibson claimed the Fire’s number four with a vintage leg-spin that caught Josie Dooley out on the swing.
Gibson finished the match at 1-29, with Brisbane chalking up a just-short run count of 228.
NSW had opened their grand final bid with a wobble however, as state skipper Alyssa Healey was sent packing for a duck by Queensland’s dangerwoman Sammy-Jo Johnson.
Vice-captain Rachael Haynes stepped up to the batting mark after Healey was ousted, clocking up a half-century alongside staring all-rounder Nicola Carey, with the team ending their innings with 260 in their pockets.
Brisbane put up a strong into the two hundreds themselves, but under the watching eyes of bowlers like Gibson, as well as eventual player of the final Carey who herself notched three wickets in a game-winning hat-trick haul, the Fire just couldn’t find that final stretch to deny NSW the chocolates.
— NSW Breakers (@NSWBreakers) February 9, 2019
The Breakers’ 20th title also firmly cements their legacy as one of the greatest dynasties Australian sport has ever seen – the ladies in blue have won all but three of the 23 national competitions.
With the women’s domestic summer now completed, the Australian players will turn their attention to the upcoming one-day international series against New Zealand beginning in Perth on February 22.