Cricket ACT staff and club volunteers moved heaven and earth, or at least the water laying on it, to relocate the opening 50-over game of the WNCL season from its original venue to an alternative after heavy weekend rain threatened to douse the hopes of the Fire and Meteors.
After much hard work, a revised 25-over a side game took place at ECP Solar Park, after the original venue at Chisholm Oval was unable to be prepared in time due to the weather.
The concerted approach to get the competition underway came about after the first round of the tournament had already been delayed three times due to COVID19 and border restrictions.
The effort invested was repaid with a thrilling clash, with ACT finding itself needing 11 runs off eight balls after the Fire had struck back late in the contest through captain Jess Jonassen and pace bowler Georgia Prestwidge.
Earlier, Australian star Beth Mooney produced a typically composed half century, as her knock of 58 anchored Queensland's total of 9-163 from a rain-reduced 25 overs,
Mooney and teenage opening partner Georgia Voll treated the match like a T20 game, attacking the bowling of Nicola Hancock (a WBBL Heat teammate of many of the Fire squad) and new ACT recruit Chloe Rafferty.
Voll found the boundary four times before falling to the bowling of medium pacer Carly Leeson, who went onto dismiss two more of the Fire's big hitters in Grace Harris (8) and Laura Kimmince (1)
New Fire skipper Jess Jonassen upped the ante with an aggressive 38 from 29 deliveries before becoming yet another victim to Leeson's change-up.
Regular wickets ensured there was no late surge for the Fire, who finished their 25 overs on 9-163.
Prestwidge finished with two wickers, while spinners Jonassen, Charli Knott and Grace Harris each claimed a wicket.
Pace bowler Courtney Sippel made her Fire debut and was presented with her cap before the game by Laura Kimmince, and later bowled in tandem with fellow South Burnett product Holly Ferling.
Queensland will take on the SA Scorpions on February 20 at Allan Border Field in their next scheduled match of the WNCL.
The Fire squad was:
2020-21 Women’s National Cricket League
Queensland Fire v ACT Meteors
Jess Jonassen (c)