Queensland Fire go for gold under former Warwick junior
CRICKET: Queensland Fire captain Delissa Kimmince will welcome back four Southern Stars players for Saturday's Women's National Cricket League (WNCL) decider against New South Wales Breakers at Allan Border Field.
Beth Mooney, Grace Harris, Holly Ferling and Jess Jonassen return from Southern Stars duties for the first WNCL final in Brisbane.
Kimmince won't be fazed by captaining a team with four current Australian players. The former Warwick junior has plenty of experience herself with the Southern Stars.
She debuted for Australia as a pace bowler before developing her batting over time, especially during a season of County Cricket in England.
After a break from the Southern Stars, she returned to play T20 cricket with the national team as a batter who bowled.
Queensland has not featured in a WNCL decider since the 2012-13 season, when they finished runners-up to New South Wales.
In contrast, it will be the Breakers' 21st consecutive finals appearance.
While Queensland has never hosted the WNCL decider or lifted the trophy, they are undefeated at home this season and beat the Breakers by 54 runs at the Gabba in October.
"The depth of our squad has been our asset and at some stage through this season all our players have contributed to the position we are in now and we will hopefully continue to do that," Fire coach Andy Richards said.
"We respect NSW as a great side but we have built up the belief in our squad that it doesn't matter who we play, it only matters what we do.
"That's what we are about, looking after what we do.
"It is exciting to have a final at home for the first time and hopefully all of our past players will take the opportunity to come and support the girls."
Queensland earned the right to play for their maiden WNCL title with their 29-run win against Victoria on November 19.
The two teams are playing for the Ruth Preddy Cup, which has been awarded to the winning State women's team since 1972-73.
The Fire have selected a 13-player squad for the final which starts at 10am Saturday.
Admission is free, with full canteen and bar in operation. Free parking is also available.The match will be live-streamed with commentary via the cricket.com.au app and website.
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