WNCL: Theft mars ACT Meteors’ shock win over South Australian Scorpions

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ACT Meteors player Erin Osborne wants women’s cricketers to play more one-day games. Photo: Rohan Thomson Angela Reakes top-scored for the Meteros with 37. Photo: Jay Cronan
Nanjing Night Net

The ACT Meteors’ shock 33-run win over South Australia was overshadowed by the visitors’ change rooms getting broken into at Manuka Oval on Sunday.

Police were called to the ground after a small amount of money went missing from the Scorpions’ sheds.

Both Cricket ACT and the South Australian Cricket Association will continue to work with authorities.

Meanwhile, Meteors all-rounder Erin Osborne is leading calls for Cricket Australia to extend the length of the Women’s National Cricket League in 2017.

The Meteors will play at home just once in the six-game tournament and they were lucky to even get Sunday’s day-night fixture.

Osborne said the Meteors were originally slated to play the clash in Tasmania before a request was made to let the ACT host one game.

Defending 133, Osborne’s 4-24 off 10 overs gifted the Meteors a second WNCL win, but a final berth looks out of reach with clashes against top sides Queensland and NSW remaining.

Angela Reakes (37) was the only Meteor to get a start with the bat, while Nicole Goodwin (3-12) provided Osborne with valuable assistance with the ball during the Scorpions’ run chase.

The nature of the tournament has seen the Meteors play two games in Perth in consecutive days, before a match in Tasmania on Friday was followed by Sunday’s home game.

Next on the agenda for the ACT is a match-up with Queensland in Melbourne on November 18, before travelling to Sydney to face NSW two days later.

Osborne said it was disappointing that after 11 months of training a season could be hanging by a thread on the opening weekend, and now players were campaigning to have the competition extended to 12 games.

“I think there’s a big push to play more one-day cricket,” Osborne said.

“Big Bash has been quite influential in the visible pathway for younger girls, however, we believe that one-day cricket is vital in developing players and just giving them an opportunity to actually bat and bowl for a longer period of time.

“It’s an interesting time, we’re really looking forward to negotiating I guess with Cricket Australia and trying to prolong one-day cricket here in Australia.”

Osborne said the lack of exposure in front of Canberra crowds made it tough to attract sponsorship, another reason to push for an extended competition next season.

Osborne, who has played 121 times for Australia across all three formats, says the chance to represent Australia twice in Canberra next month was “quite ironic” given the ACT’s lone home game.

The Southern Stars host South Africa in two one-day internationals on November 18 and 20, meaning Manuka Oval will host the national side more than it does the locals.

“It’s great for Canberra,” Osborne said.

“I know that Canberra is trying to get more cricket played at Manuka and I think the more opportunities that we get to play at home and the crowds that we get, it only improves our chances of getting more international cricket played here.”

Sydney Thunder player Osborne hoped a Women’s Big Bash League fixture could also accompany a lengthened WNCL and international calendar at Manuka Oval next season.

Meanwhile, the ACT men’s side dropped their NSW Premier Cricket Twenty20 Cup opener against Parramatta in Sydney.

ACT youngster Blake Macdonald played a lone hand for the visitors, scoring 41 (33) in a total of 6-124. Tom Engelbrecht’s two scalps weren’t enough as Parramatta skipped to a seven-wicket win.

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