The Konica Minolta Queensland Fire will welcome back pace aces Holly Ferling and Courtney Hill from an injury-disrupted 2016-17 season as they launch their Women’s National Cricket League campaign this weekend in Sydney and Canberra.
Hill, who had ankle surgery prior to last season, did not play a match for the Fire last summer while Ferling had elbow surgery after Queensland had lost the WNCL Final to NSW, ruling her out of the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League and Australia’s 2017 World Cup campaign.
The pair were named today in the Fire squad to travel to Sydney to take on the Breakers at Blacktown on Friday and the ACT Meteors on Sunday in Canberra.
First-year Queensland coach Peter McGiffin said the pre-season had given both bowlers plenty of opportunity to build momentum.
“They’ve shown good control in the nets at training and in the pre-season matches we had against the Australian girls,’’ he said.
“Everyone has worked hard so we’re looking forward to the competition ahead this weekend.’’
The Fire have included Australian Women’s Ashes contenders Beth Mooney and Jess Jonassen in their squad which will be led by Kirby Short.
Queensland allrounder Delissa Kimmince led the charge last weekend in the opening round of the Katherine Raymont Shield Women's Premier Cricket competition with 91 not out for the Gold Coast in their win over Wests.
Meanwhile Jonassen (64) and allrounder Haidee Birkett (52) hit half centuries for University of Queensland in their win over Sandgate-Redcliffe. Jonassen (3-16) and Gators spinner Jemma Barsby (3-38) both had valuable bowling stints.
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2017-18 WNCL Rd
Konica Minolta Queensland Fire v NSW Breakers, ACT Meteors
Friday, Blacktown; Sunday, Canberra
Kirby Short (c)
(12th player to be named).