Century from Haynes sees Breakers home

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A clinical century from Rachael Haynes has helped steer the Breakers home against Queensland in the first WNCL game of the season.

Lendlease Breakers captain Alex Blackwell won the toss and elected to field against the Queensland Fire on an overcast morning at Blacktown International Sports Park.

Despite a four off the first delivery of the game, the opening fast-bowling pair of Rene Farrell and Ellyse Perry combined well to squeeze Queensland in the opening overs. The Queensland openers Beth Mooney and Kirby Short managed to weather the onslaught and went on to build a solid partnership of 111 before Nicola Carey got the breakthrough wicket, dismissing captain Kirby Short for 53.

Belinda Vakarewa then stepped up to take a stunning catch to dismiss the dangerous Beth Mooney (73) off a ball by new Breaker Mikayla Hinkley.

The Breakers then set about the challenge of dismantling the Queensland innings piece by piece, aided by some great pieces of fielding by Nicola Carey, who took two athletic catches, and wickets from Perry (3-37), Lauren Smith (2-40) and Rene Farrell (2-32). Leaving Queensland all out for 225 after 49 overs.

The Breakers innings didn’t start as smoothly, losing the big wickets of Alyssa Healy (5) and Alex Blackwell (6) in quick succession. However Rachael Haynes (103*) held firm putting on a dazzling batting display and building key partnerships: first with Ellyse Perry (17), then with Nicola Carey (25) and Naomi Stalenberg (41*).

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