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Fire out to end Queensland's WNCL drought

AAP logoAAP 2/12/2016 Vince Rugari

Queensland are drawing inspiration from the state's drought-breaking Sheffield Shield triumph as they prepare to break their own duck in Saturday's Women's National Cricket League final.

The Fire, who have never won a WNCL decider, host the NSW Breakers, who've never missed out on one in the competition's 21-year history, at Brisbane's Allan Border Field.

Fast-bowler Holly Ferling said her teammates are desperate to replicate Queensland's famous first Shield win in 1994-95, which came after an agonising 68-year wait.

"It's something all the girls have really wanted to do," Ferling told reporters on Friday, standing next to a garden at Allan Border Field where each member of that team had a tree planted in their honour.

"We're here with the trees they've planted for each one of those members and I think we're a part of potentially making history this weekend.

"It's not very often you get to pull on the maroon, let alone play in a final."

Ferling will be one of eight Southern Stars involved in the match, with an even split of four on each side.

Dual-sport superstar Ellyse Perry looms as the key wicket for Queensland in what will be her first match for NSW since October, having dominated in Australia's recent five-match home series against South Africa.

Perry is coming off a stunning run of form at international level, having passed the half-century mark in 18 of her past 23 innings.

"The last couple of weeks was really great. It was nice, personally, to have a bit of time in the middle and bowl a few more overs than I've bowled in the past couple of months," Perry said.

"(But) that probably counts for nothing, tomorrow. Cricket's quite fickle in that sense, it's a new game and a new competition."

Queensland, who are undefeated at home this year, beat NSW by 54 runs at the Gabba on the only occasion the two sides met this season.

The Breakers lost last year's final to South Australia to end a 10-year winning streak, one of only three times they've not claimed the WNCL crown.

"It certainly hurt, you never like losing. We'd very much like to turn that around," Perry said.

WOMEN'S NATIONAL CRICKET LEAGUE FINAL

Queensland Fire vs NSW Breakers

Saturday, December 3, Allan Border Field, Brisbane

Session times (all AEST): 9.15am toss, 10am-1.10pm session one, 1.50-5pm session two

Queensland Fire: Delissa Kimmince (capt), Beth Mooney, Kirby Short, Jess Jonassen, Grace Harris, Jemma Barsby, Tess Cooper, Haidee Birkett, Sammy Jo Johnson, Holly Ferling, Georgia Prestwidge, Kara Sutherland, Taylah Brotherston.

NSW Breakers: Alex Blackwell (capt), Sarah Aley, Nicola Carey, Rene Farrell, Ashleigh Gardner, Maisy Gibson, Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, Ellyse Perry, Lauren Smith, Naomi Stalenberg, Rachel Trenaman, Belinda Vakarewa.

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