Queensland Torment NSW With Ridiculous, Unbelievable Comeback
They did bloody not.
Oh yes they did.
Queensland just pulled off one of the best cricket victories you'll ever see over New South Wales in their Women's National Cricket League 50-over match on the Gold Coast on Friday afternoon.
This wasn't so much snatching victory from the jaws of defeat as thrusting an arm deep inside defeat's innards and plucking out the half-digested mangled body of victory and somehow resuscitating it.
NSW batted first on a tricky wicket and were bowled out for 149 in 36 overs. Four batters reached scores of at least 20, but no one really went on with their innings, and the total didn't look enough.
Until, for a while, it did.
Queensland wickets fell quicker than Australian Prime Ministers, as the hosts slumped to 6-18. The first six batters fell for 5, 4, 0, 0, 1 and 1 respectively.
Then Josie Dooley (52 not out) and Sammy-Jo Johnson (67) came along and effectively said, "hey, this batting thing is not so hard" and took the hosts to within sight of victory.
As cricket.com.au reported recently, 18-year-old Dooley is a wicket keeper/batter who made her state debut for Queensland last summer. She is part of Cricket Australia’s women’s National Performance Squad -- an elite group of 13 players identified as the next generation -- and this afternoon she showed that she might just be Generation Now.
There were a few late heart murmurs as late wickets fell.
But in the end, the Queenslanders got there with one wicket and plenty of balls to spare.
Give the NSW Breakers credit. They took the loss in the right spirit.
The WNCL is a series of three mini carnivals throughout the 2018-19 summer, beginning with seven matches across three days from today.
A second round of matches will be played from November 9-11, with the third round to follow from February 1-3 at the conclusion of the WBBL competition.
In today's other completed match, Tasmania had a narrow win over the ACT Meteors.
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