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Healy ton steers New South Wales to 19th WNCL title

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A blistering century from Alyssa Healy has steered the Lendlease Breakers to a 51-run win against the Western Fury in the Final of the Women's National Cricket League at Blacktown International Sportspark No.2 Oval.

 

Needing to chase down New South Wales' 6-302 Western Australia lost opener Nicole Bolton (15) cheaply, but a 59-run partnership between Chloe Piparo (29) and captain Elyse Villani (74) got the Fury back on track.

Villani powered on as wickets continued to fall, and when Amy Jones (59) came to the crease the duo combined nicely to have their side well and truly back in the contest.

Breakers pace bowler Rene Farrell (2-31) got the breakthrough however, removing Villani before Sarah Aley (3-37) combed with Ellyse Perry (2-38) to dismiss the dangerous Jones.

As the run rate climbed the wickets continued to fall as Aley tore through the tail order, WA bowled out in the 48th over 52 runs short of victory.

After losing the toss and being sent in to bat at the start of the day, the Breakers found themselves 2-67 before Healy and Perry took control.

Healy did the bulk of the damage in what was the Breakers 19th title from 22 attempts, hammering 122 off 109 balls including 18 boundaries, whilst Perry's run-a-ball 96 boosted her side's total past the 300-mark.

English international Kate Cross (2-35) was best with the ball for the Fury, while Heather Graham (2-58) also finished with two wickets.

After the match NSW's Rachael Haynes was named WNCL Player of the Year, capping off a stellar summer for the opening bat. Haynes finished the season as the competitions leading run-scorer having compiled 358 runs at an average of 119.33 from six minor-round matches including one century and three half-centuries.

Haynes (21 votes) finished ahead of WA's Nicole Bolton and South Australia's Sophie Devine (13 votes), with each on-field umpire awarding votes on a 3-2-1 basis at the end of each match.

Victoria has been awarded the Spirit of Cricket Award ahead of WA, SA and Tasmania.