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  • Hunter returns for do-or-die weekend - VicSpirit
    both matches and VicSpirit are unable to defeat the Breakers Victoria will miss the final for the first time since the tournament s inception Heading into the final WNCL home and away match on Saturday VicSpirit have booked themselves a position in the finals series which will see the top side NSW clash with the fourth placed team in the first semi final and second and third place in the second semi final with the winners to meet in the Final at Blacktown on January 13 Victoria will be looking to end a 23 match unbeaten record the Breakers hold in the one day format stretching back to October 2009 A win will see the Victorians avoid NSW in the semi final while a loss could pit the two arch rivals together in the first semi final The two teams will meet at the MCG on Sunday as a prelude to the Big Melbourne Derby between the top of the table Renegades and Stars VicSpirit WT20 captain Emma Inglis said the side s fate is in their own hands Some losses during the season have put us in the position where we need to win both T20 matches Inglis said We have prepared for that and we faced something similar last season when we had to win our final two matches against ACT Inglis praised young off spinner Molly Strano who has been a revelation this season Molly has had a breakout season taking the most wickets in the competition 23 in 15 matches Inglis said Molly and Bree Binch have been our best T20 bowlers this season so we will be looking for them to step up again this weekend VicSpirit WT20 squad v NSW at Junction Oval 3pm January 4 MCG 3pm January 6 Emma Inglis C 19

    Original URL path: http://vicspirit.com.au/news/article/hunter-returns-for-do-or-die-weekend (2015-10-07)
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  • The Megastar WNCL’s best - VicSpirit
    24 hours after capturing back to back Sharon Tredrea Awards Lanning was not surprisingly named in the WNCL and WT20 All Star Teams Joining her in the WNCL All Star side was VicSpirit teammates Jess Cameron and Elyse Villani Cameron was also named in the WT20 All Star side alongside Lanning Briana Binch and Molly Strano WNCL All Star Team Lanning Bolton Blackwell C Cameron Fields Sthalekar Ebsary Osborne Coleman

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  • Southern Stars track World T20 title - VicSpirit
    to the training camp which Fitzpatrick believes will be highly beneficial to her squad We ve got a very good group together for this training camp which includes up and comers Holly Ferling and Nicola Carey who are part of our Commonwealth Bank Shooting Stars program Fitzpatrick said The squad will engage in highly competitive training sessions undertake game scenarios to allow refinement of strategies and to deal with pressure situations while in Sri Lanka while also playing four T20 matches two against New Zealand and two against a local men s team Southern Stars skipper Jodie Fields said the tour would be about getting a feel for conditions ahead of the tournament in September It s going to be vital for our preparation leading into the tournament Fields said It s going to be great to train daily and get used to the conditions the heat and the low spinning wickets over there and do that day after day and really get used to what we re going to experience in September Playing in India earlier this year gave us a taste of what to expect It was hot the wickets dry and generally slower and lower tracks so it s pretty different from training here in Australia on bouncy wickets or indoors in most states at this time of year so we re looking forward to getting over to Sri Lanka and building on that experience we gained in India In addition to getting some great experience in Sri Lankan conditions the squad will also get to explore and embrace the Sri Lankan culture The squad returns to Australia on August 13 The Southern Stars training squad is Alex Blackwell NSW Melissa Bulow QLD Jess Cameron VIC Nicola Carey NSW Sarah Coyte NSW Lauren Ebsary SA Holly Ferling

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  • Five DEC Spirit players selected for Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars Squad - VicSpirit
    who has started the domestic season well and we look forward to seeing how she goes in national colours if the opportunity presents she said Lanning who has just come off a fabulous knock of 197 not out in club cricket will be eager to bring something special to the Stars table Cameron Haynes and Elliott have also been in consistent form throughout the year whilst Hunter who is returning from a shoulder operation will be looking to make an impression in the WNCL and Cricket Australia Cup to prove her fitness and form The squad announcement comes as Cricket Australia confirms agreements with the Nine Network Fox Sports and the ABC to commit to the broadcasting of more women s matches The Southern Stars T20 matches against England will be jointly broadcast by Channel Nine and the ABC with the T20 Interstate Women s final to be covered by Fox Sports We have gone from having three hours of coverage last year to more than 15 hours of live action in 2010 11 said Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland To have Channel Nine and the ABC broadcasting more live women s cricket than ever before will be outstanding for the promotion of the sport he said Squad and Fixtures The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars squad is Alex Blackwell c NSW Shelley Nitschke vc SA Jessica Cameron VIC Sarah Coyte NSW Sarah Elliott VIC Rene Farrell WA Rachael Haynes VIC Alyssa Healy NSW Julie Hunter VIC Meg Lanning VIC Erin Osborne NSW Ellyse Perry NSW Leah Poulton NSW Lisa Sthalekar NSW Subject to fitness Tour to New Zealand Twenty20 Internationals 28 December Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Seddon Park 30 December Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars v New Zealand Saxton Field Women s International Series v England One day

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  • Southern Stars depart for World Twenty20 - VicSpirit
    as double headers with the men s tournament in Colombo Southern Stars captain Jodie Fields said the side was looking forward to getting to Sri Lanka We have prepared really well for this tournament and the training camp we had in Sri Lanka last month was extremely valuable and has set us up well for the conditions we will face once we get there Fields said We know the wickets will be dry and generally slower but are very spin friendly which will be great for our spin attack The Southern Stars are drawn in Group A alongside India England and Pakistan The defending champions kick off their campaign against India on September 27 and will then play Pakistan on Saturday September 29 and England on October 1 We have England in our draw who we know are a very strong side with a solid top batting order Fields said India and Pakistan are also proud cricketing nations who will be used to the conditions in Sri Lanka and will be difficult to beat Heading into this tournament as defending champions always adds a little bit of extra pressure but we are excited about getting over there and starting our

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  • Villani pushes for Test debut - VicSpirit
    time before coming to the crease at number 10 Despite her uncharacteristic presence in the lower order the 23 year old made the most of her opportunity as she took the Southern Stars from 8 279 to 340 before she was the last player dismissed The Southern Stars then ran through the second string English outfit routing them for 224 to claim a 116 run victory Spinner Jess Jonassen led the way with 4 18 and Elyse Perry claimed 3 49 while VicSpirit all rounder Sarah Elliott finished with 0 21 Having clawed her way back into the Southern Stars squad at the start of the year through weight of runs Villani who has played seven Twenty20 Internationals has been presented with limited opportunities to force her way into the Australian XI An unbeaten half century from 59 balls against the West Indies on the eve of the World Cup was not enough to see further match time throughout the tournament but with exposure to English conditions through her stint with Staffordshire last season the Australian selectors must be contemplating whether to reinstall her at the top of the order alongside VicSpirit teammate Meg Lanning in time for next week

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  • DEC Spirit down Fury - VicSpirit
    20 overs the DEC Spirit survived some jitters before reaching the required target in the final over of the match Queensland opening batswoman Jenny Wallace anchored the Fury s innings with a run a ball 41 before Kath Hempenstall trapped her lbw in front Nicole Bolton chipped in with 16 off as many balls before she was run out by Jess Cameron to leave the Fuy struggling at 4 77 Rene Farrell 24 and captain Peta Merrilees 29 not out ensured Victoria would have a tough run chase as they added valuable runs at the end Sarah Elliot was the pick of the Victorian bowlers with 2 22 while Briana Binch 1 21 and Hempenstall 1 20 picked up one each The DEC Spirit made a steady start with Elyse Villani smashing four boundaries in her knock of 23 while Jess Cameron contributed 39 to have the hosts in control But Kate Pulford removed them both with a pair of run outs to reduce Victoria to 4 99 That became 6 99 three balls later after Rennee Chappell got two wickets but captain Rachael Haynes 17 not out and Binch 10 not out successfully steered the DEC Spirit home with

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  • Hunter ready for Ashes assault - VicSpirit
    and be a part of it Hunter said We know there is some vulnerability in them but acknowledging that they re coming off the back of their summer and have some girls in good form so we re not reading too much into that We ll just use what we know to the best of our ability The up coming series will be the first Ashes to adopt the new points system that takes into account performances in the three formats of the game Among the Southern Stars contingent is VicSpirit representatives Meg Lanning Jess Cameron Elyse Villani and Sarah Elliott while former coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick is once again at the helm We only get to play the one Test every few years anyway so this puts a bit more emphasis on the one day format and the T20s Hunter told the Peninsula Weekly It s also more of a challenge in the Test match where in the past you could just draw the Test to retain the Ashes now you have to do well in all the formats The Southern Stars will play a two day tour match against England A from Monday before returning to the Test arena

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