The third-placed Fire will host Victoria and Western Australia tomorrow and Sunday at Allan Border Field as they look to lock in a top two spot ahead of the WNCL Final later this month.
Australian batter Beth Mooney, the newly-crowned Women's Domestic Player of the Year following the Allan Border Medal awards this week, will lead the Fire challenge along with fellow Southern Stars representative Jess Jonassen.
Allrounder Grace Harris, who made her comeback from knee surgery during the recent Rebel Women’s Big Bash League for the WBBL Heat, produced a starring role last week for Wests in the final of the Katherine Raymont Shield T20 Premier Cricket competition.
Harris hit 114* off 67 balls (13 x 4s and 6 x 6s) as Wests swept aside Sandgate-Redcliffe to claim the title.
The Fire will be without medium pacer Haidee Birkett who was ruled out with a fractured thumb.
The 13-player squad also includes teenage Wests wicket-keeper Josie Dooley for the first time this season.
Dooley, who played in the Governor-General’s XI in January, also earned additional exposure during the summer when she played in the Lanning XI v Perry XI U18 WBBL curtain-raiser at the MCG.
She was also the Heat’s WBBL rookie signing for the season.
Women’s National Cricket League
Konica Minolta Queensland Fire vs Victorian Spirit (Friday), Western Fury (Sunday)
Allan Border Field, 10am start
Kirby Short (c)
Note, Victoria also play WA on Saturday at Allan Border Field from 10am.
Admission is free for all matches, with games scored live on cricket.com.au