Warwick all-rounder to play for QLD Fire in WT20 final
WARWICK all rounder Delissa Kimmince will play for the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire which will take on the ACT Meteors later today in Perth in the WT20 cricket final.
The Fire will play the same lineup which defeated Victoria on Wednesday in their semi-final.
Kimmince was a match winner in the semi with 2-15 and 39 off 26 balls.
Australian captain Jodie Fields was not able to take her place in the side as she recovers from a broken finger suffered during the recent Women's Ashes series against England, with 20-year-old Beth Mooney to continue as captain and 'keeper for today's historic Final.
Fields will again serve as assistant coach today to help the squad with their preparations for the clash with the ACT, which defeated perennial title-holders NSW in the other semi-final to qualify for today.
It will be the first time Queensland has contested the WT20 Final, after previously making the Women's National Cricket League 50-over Final on two occasions.
It will be the first Final in either competition for the ACT since they were admitted to the WNCL. Neither team has won a national title at senior level before.
The WT20 Final will commence at 1.05pm Qld time, with the match broadcast live on Network Ten via ONE HD as well as on ABC Radio.
Pace bowler Courtney Hill who was forced from the field in the semi-final with split webbing, will take her place today and play with stitches in her hand.
Queensland's all-time leading runs-scorer and most capped player Melissa Bulow has confirmed today will be her last match for the team.
Coach Andy Richards, in his fourth year with the Fire, said Bulow's experience and batting power would be important elements today.
"Mel is ready to go. We want to play our best to give her every chance to go out on a high, but also because the squad know how hard and how long they have all worked to get to this point,'' he said. "It's exciting to be in a final - we'll go out and have some fun and enjoy the experience."
WT20 Final - Konica Minolta Queensland Fire
- 6. Beth Mooney (capt, Sandgate-Redcliffe)
- 15. Jemma Barsby (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
- 23. Haidee Birkett (Charters Towers)
- 13. Melissa Bulow (Wests)
- 9. Holly Ferling (Kingaroy)
- 17. Grace Harris (Wests)
- 22. Courtney Hill (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
- 20. Danielle Hollis (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
- 21. Jessica Jonassen (University of Queensland)
- 11. Delissa Kimmince (Gold Coast)
- 12. Kirsten Pike (Sandgate-Redcliffe)
- 10. Kirby Short (Wests)
Coaching & support staff:
- Andy Richards (coach)
- Jodie Fields (asst coach),
- Gavin Fitness (asst coach),
- Nikki Burrow (physio)