Ten years since Queensland’s historic ‘three peat’ in the Open Women’s National Championships, the Lightning have again gone back to back to back and claimed their third National title in a row.
The Queensland Thunder men's team had to withstand a tense run chase against Victoria before emerging triumphant.
Queensland's 21 and Under women's side was valiant in defeat in its Grand Final.
Homeside Victoria batted first in the Open Women’s Grand Final against Queensland, aiming to set a total out of reach for the two time reigning champs, the Lightning.
The first skin for the Lightning, Ashleigh Doble and Emily Cramb hit a handy 29 runs to begin the quest for the ‘three peat’ in style.
Legend Jude Coleman paired with young star Samantha Dixon hit a further 37, despite a direct hit run out from Briony Polkinghorne, to put the Queenslanders in a commanding position heading into the third pairing.
Emily Vallance and Dulane Carson added 35 to the total before Megan Dixon and Allison Nagle ensured the Lightning had a score of 123 to defend.
Martin and Elly Donald got the home side off to a strong start, hitting thirteen runs from the first over, before a run out off the bowling of Australian rep, Megan Dixon, restricted the pair to a total of 21 for the first skin. Amy Jennings and Adelaide Campion added 28 to the score before Briony Polkinghorne and Janelle Hayhurst matched the efforts of the first pair, scoring 21 runs.
The final pair of Chloe Rafferty and Tamzyn Wright couldn’t stop the domination of Queensland’s bowling and fielding, scoring twelve to fall short of the total by 41 runs.
Leading the charge with the ball for the victorious Queenslanders was Captain Jude Coleman with 2/-2 and Konica Minolta Queensland Fire squad member Meagan Dixon, with an inspiring spell of 3/-7.
In the Men's final, there was action aplenty!