The Fire blew past the ACT Meteors in Sydney yesterday, with allrounder Sammy-Jo Johnson producing a damaging all-round performance to steer Queensland to a comprehensive five-wicket victory.
The result sets up Queensland to go into tomorrow's important clash with defending champions NSW at Hurstville Oval with plenty of confidence.
The win yesterday featured key performances from Queensland's experienced core of players, several of whom were dominant performers in the recent rebel Women's Big Bash League championship win by the WBBL Brisbane Heat.
Johnson, who picked up two early scalps with the ball, struck a quick-fire 40no from 26 deliveries to ensure her side came away with the win despite losing three wickets inside the first six overs in pursuit of the Meteors’ 151.
Jess Jonassen, a key member of the national setup leading into the T20 World Cup, also played an important role with the ball, taking 1-26 from her nine overs, followed by a steady, unbeaten knock of 45 from 51 alongside Johnson’s firepower.
The imposing Queensland batting lineup faltered early in reply, with top three batters Beth Mooney (10), Kirby Short (8) and Laura Harris (17) sent back inside the first six overs.
In a touch of strife at 3-42, but with the run rate under still under control, the experienced duo of Jonassen and Johnson put on the required runs to secure victory in the 25th over.
Winning the toss and bowling proved a wise choice for Queensland skipper Short. Within the first six overs, both ACT openers Katie Mack (1) and Claire Koski (2) were back in the sheds.
A handy 63-run partnership between Anna Lanning (27) and Erin Osborne (37) got the Meteors back on track before the loss of four wickets for 12 runs in the space of 35 balls saw the wheels falling off for the hosts.