BIG ONE-DAYER FOR FIRE
It’s a big weekend for the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire as they can cement a semi-final berth in the Women’s National Cricket League one-day competition.
The Fire currently sit in third position and face an ACT Meteors outfit at Manuka Oval on Saturday that is desperate to try and stay in finals contention.
Victory will give the Fire a huge shot at finishing in second place and gaining a double chance in the new-look finals series.
The table in incredibly tight, led by unbeaten NSW (18.5pts), followed by WA Fury (16), Queensland (15), Victoria (10) and ACT (9).
Victoria will account for bottom side Tasmania this weekend, while NSW won’t lose to struggling South Australia in the other Round 5 fixture.
The final round played over the first weekend in January will be fascinating, as the Fire travel to lowly Tasmania while ACT face off against WA and Victoria clash with NSW.
So all placings in the finals could be up for grabs right to the final game.
Finishing in the top two is critical as it will give those sides a double chance.
A final four series will be played over three days from 11 to 13 January at the Blacktown International Sports Park in Sydney.
It is a different scenario in the T20 competition for the Fire, who bowed out of contention for a top two berth with their most recent 2-0 series loss to Victoria.
The Fire are two and a half wins behind second-placed Victoria with four games to play and simply won't be able to make up that ground even winning every match from here.
What they can do is cripple the Meteors' final aspirations as just one point separates Victoria, WA and the ACT.
Only the top two teams qualify for the final, which will be screened live on FoxSports.
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